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James Kellen

September 21, 1917 — January 11, 2011

James Allen Kellen, 93, died Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at Belle Meade Nursing Home in Greenville.

Mr. Kellen was born September 21, 1917, in Caseyville, Kentucky. He was a graduate of Morganfield, Kentucky, High School in 1935. He was employed with Strickland Distribution Company, Dealer Tire and Supply, M. Manas & Company, Michelson Jewelry, and Paducah-McCracken County Senior Citizens. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. From 1935 until 1941, he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and was a Junior Officer in charge of the camp. From 1941 until 1945, he served in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Southwest Pacific, including Darwin, Australia. He was discharged from Fleet Post Office at San Francisco. From 1950 until 1952, he served the U.S. Navy in the Korean War, serving on aircraft carrier U.S.S. Boxer (CV21). Mr. Kellen was a member of the National Honor Society, Masonic Lodge No. 577, National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps, Veterans of Foreign War Posts No. 1441 in Paducah, Ky., American Legion Post 31, Adult Leader Cub Scout Pack No. 200 and Boy Scout Troop No. 200 in Lone Oak, Kentucky, and the Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Kellen, and three brothers.

Survivors include his son, Mike Kellen of Phoenix, Arizona; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Saturday, January 15, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Paducah, Ky.

Visitation will be Saturday at noon at Woodlawn Cemetery. Tucker Funeral Home in Central City is in charge of arrangements.

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