Caleb Kelley Obituary, Death – Caleb Kelley, a student of Bolingbrook High School has passed away. On April 25, he was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Kelly Joel Kelley and Tammy Dawn (Whitten) Kelley were his parents. Caleb was born a loud, combative child. He was active and had a mischievous grin on his face. Caleb attended the Pella School District and graduated from Pella High School in 2015. In high school, he was a member of the wrestling team. Wrestling taught Caleb many essential lessons. Caleb began working at De Jong Greenhouse in Pella while still in high school. He informed his family that he had started working at De Jong Greenhouse and that he intended to retire there.
He had discovered his passion at such an early age, and he adored his profession. “If you do what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life,” he told his family. He reminded himself of this slogan every day. Caleb worked hard and fearlessly. According to one coworker, he was the breath that gave life to the De Jong Greenhouse. Someone else described him as the company’s throbbing heart. Caleb like his job, but the fall mum plants bothered him. He was observed working furiously until the mothers exiting the conveyer arrived far too quickly. Austin, his brother, recalls witnessing something a few days ago at work. Caleb was a GIVER; he was selfless and gave of himself as well as to others in need. Above all, Caleb enjoyed life and shared it with his family and numerous friends.
His mother, Tammy, and her husband, Tom Kuiper, of Lakeway, Texas, are devastated but will cherish their memories of him. Kuiper, Avery Kelly, and Julie Kelley of Oskaloosa; Austin and Chelsie Kelley of Pella; and Camden, Azlan Sage Kelley, and Jada West of Oskaloosa. Aspen Caleb is survived by his grandmother, Sherry Dieleman of Oskaloosa, IA, grandfathers, Dean and Deb Whitten of Pella and Joe and Marty Kelley of Knoxville, IA; step grandparents, Jerry and Judy Mart of Knoxville and Nancy (Gerald) Kuiper of Hiawatha, IA; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. His grandma, Lora Ann Whitten, and cousin Danielle Benscoter died before him.