RIDGE FARM — Steven D. Kelley, 75, of Ridge Farm passed away at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday (June 28, 2017).
Steven was born on Feb. 9, 1942, the son of Dwight and Syble Kelley. In November 1988, Steven married the love of his life, Nancy J. Hurt, and they spent the next 16 years together before her passing on Dec. 1, 2004.
Steven is survived by his stepson, Troy Adamson; stepdaughter, April (Mitch) Herman; and three grandchildren, Isabelle Serio, Nathan Adamson and Ellie Adamson.
Steven is preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Steven graduated from Danville Area Community College in 1962 with an associate degree. He then transferred to Eastern Illinois University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1965.
Steven was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard in Illinois as well as a member of many organizations, including the Ridge Farm Lions Club, where he was District 1-E Lion of the Year in 2000, Vermilion County Mayors Association,
where he was charter member and founder, director of the National Guard Association of Illinois from 19891993, Olive Branch Lodge 38, AF & AM, 32nd-degree Danville Consistory, Eastern Illinois Shrine Club and GAO Grotto.
Steven was also trustee on the Ridge Farm Village Board from 19691972, mayor of the village of Ridge Farm from 1981-1987 and again from 1997-1999, as well as being a member and secretary of the Vermilion County Board of Health from 1968-1982. In 2002, Steven retired from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Champaign County region. Steven devoted his life to helping the people around him, and for that he will be deeply missed.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St. in Danville. Officiating will be Pastor James Blue. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2017, at the funeral home.
Please join Steven’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at www. sunsetfuneralhome.com.