Mel (Kelly) and Shirley Kellenberger are celebrating 70 years of marriage on Aug. 24.
They met in 1944 during World War II in Oakland, California. Kelly, from Monon, Indiana, was in the Navy on leave and Shirley was a college student from Loveland, Colorado, was working a summer job in San Francisco. They corresponded for the remainder of the war and married in Cheyenne, Wyoming three years later. They spent their early married years in Wyoming, but soon moved to Northwest Indiana where Kelly spent 29 years at Budd Company in Gary. He retired as a superintendent in 1991. Kelly started a second career in sportscasting, serving as sports director at WWJY for eight years. Shirley spent 29 years with Hobart City Schools where she spent most of those years teaching second grade at Ridge View School. She retired from teaching in 1987.
Kelly and Shirley have enjoyed their retirement years by traveling and visiting with their daughters, Valerie (Brian Grimes) and Lori (Bryan Reinhart) and their grandchildren — Brittany, Logan, Jessica, and Max — all of whom reside in Arizona.
Both will be 92 in September and enjoy being able to remain in their home of 53 years in Ross Township.