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Warren William Kelley

Male 1914 - 1987  (73 years)

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  • Name Warren William Kelley  [1
    Gender Male 
    Born 26 September 1914  Holstein, Ida Co., Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause of Death Pancreatic Cancer 
    Died 27 November 1987  Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 30 November 1987  Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I68817  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 August 2006 

    Father William Walter Kelley,   b. 11 July 1890, Arcadia, Carroll Co., Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 December 1958, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Marie Reimers,   b. 13 November 1891, Holstein, Ida Co., Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 November 1965, Lynwood, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Family ID F48100  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Warren was introduced to a "work ethic" that was to permeate he entire life. "Do what needs to be done and do it well because there isn't time to do it over". It was in this setting that he learned to appreciate the fact that a good mind and skilled hands made a great team.

      Growing up in the farm area of Iowa was not all work. In the summer there were dips in the favorite swimming pond. After swimming it was time to crawl on your stomach to retrive a watermelon without being seen. Warren also told his children of tipping over outhouses on hallowen, taking apart a model T car and reassembled it on top of a business, locking a cow in the school library and plastring the lock shut and dunking the girl that sat ahead of him in school blonde braid in an ink well. He told his children if they had done 1/8 of what he done he would have skinned them alive.

      Warren once told his children that he was forever indebted to 3 old German brothers from his hometown. These 3 inventors who love to "tinker" with ideas and try to improve on the way things were done. Warren's had a natural curiosity and inquisitive mind. These old Germans permitted him to hang around their shop while other youngsters were denied the same privilege. As a thank you for letting him hang arong their shop, Warren would mow these brother's lawns at no charge. One of these brother's, Henry "Scientific" Schneckloth ask Warren to get his father's permission and he would make his lawnmower gas powered. Warren believes that he had the first gas powered mower in the United States. Henry "Scientific" Schneckloth also built the first Automobile in Holstein, Ida Co., Iowa, by mounting a gasoline engine on the running gears of an old buggy, the car was steared by a stick instead of a wheel, (pictured in auto in 1906.) Henry "Scientific" had created many labor saving devices.

      After Warren was exposed to this invenitive nature, Warren created a way to wash steel they still use today in the Steel industries, while working for U. S. Steel in Omaha, Nebraska. Warren did not receive credit for this method but the credit was given to one of Warren's bosses.

      As you would expect, the boy grew into a man who was a veritable "Jack of all trades" construction worker, carpenter, plumber, electrician, manager, steel worker and teacher.

      The United States was in a deep economical depression and nearly half of American's able bodied men were unemployed. Warren left high school in Holstein, Ida Co., Iowa, as 6 foot 2 1/2 inch, 17 year old. He promptly added a year to his age and enlisted in the United States Army.

      On Warren's way to the Philippines, he had a stop over in San Francisco, California, were they were just starting construction on the Golden Gate bridge. While stationed in the Philippines, Warren found himself assigned to the construction battalion responsible for building the gun emplacements and labyrinth of connecting tunnels and munitions storage areas on the Island of Corregidor. Warren was the first tram operator to take a vehicle through the completed Corregidor tunnels.

      It was while they stationed him at Fort Omaha, Omaha Nebraska, that on a blind date he met, courted and married Shirley Marian Shaw on 29 Sep 1936. Shirley and Warren celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary the 29 Sep 1986. At the time of their marriage, Warren was a private in the United States Army, he was making $21.00 a month. Shirley was making, $6.00 a week or $26.00 a month, excluding tips as a beautician. Their rent was $18.00 month, plus food.

      At one time the family was involved in a ceramics class. Warren's natural curiosity and desire to learn new concepts drew him like a magnet, to a lapidary class being taught across the hall from the ceramics class. He became very proficient in lapidary and silversmithing. With these new skills and knowledge he immediately became a lapidary teacher for Omaha's City Recreation Department.

      He was a man who was competent and proficient in whatever he chose to do. He was an iron worker who displaced great balance and grace in helping to erect multi-storied steel building frames. He was a steel beam walker for 37 1/2 cents an hour.

      He worked nearly 10 years for Union Pacific Railroad as a Crain operator. He worked another 10 years for Ford Motor Company, he first worked in the Parts department working at a desk , he really perferred work that required the phycial use of his hand to office work or as he said "pencil pushing", he then accepted a job on the docks he enjoyed the work better than an office.

      As a Masonic Temple building manager, he supervised 16 employees and scheduled all building functions and programs. Warren was a Mason and a Shriner.

      He was equally at home in his kitchen. He loved to bake and is especially remembered for his delicious chocolate chip cookies, orange bread and fruit cake made from scratch.

      Warren's music preferences fell into 3 categories, Country Western, Polka, the music of the "Big Bands, the music that was popular when he was dating and courting his wife in what he referred to "the good old days".

      Warren stated "I don't believe there will be another generation to see as much change from horse and buggy to a man on the moon". [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1070] GEDCOM file titled "Carlin-Reimers.ged", from Sharon Knoblock.

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