John Kelemen, 68, passed away July 31, 2019

John Kelemen, 68, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019 in Tennessee.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12:00 Friday, August 9, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M., Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Mooseheart. Those wishing to share a memory of John online may do so at

John was born January 27, 1951 in South Haven, MI to Steve & Shirley (Barnes) Kelemen. He graduated from South Haven High School in 1969. On August 1, 1970 he married Wilma Hysell in Bangor, MI. John worked for Star Shade Cutter Co. Inc. for many years. John was a lifetime member of the South Haven Moose Lodge and also spent much of his time at the Benton Harbor Moose Lodge. John received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. He enjoyed volunteering and participating in many Moose and community activities and events. John loved the game of golf and even established the The Rainbow Tournament which he donated the proceeds from, to various community events. John also established The Fall Classic Tournament that traveled to golf courses throughout Michigan. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, bowling, softball, playing cards, collecting Coca Cola memorabilia and vacationing with his Wife, Wilma.

John is survived by his wife Wilma Kelemen; daughter Sandy (Leland Dekay) Warmack; son Richard (Christine) Kelemen Sr.; grandchildren Toni Kelemen (Fiancée Dustin Ikerd), Richard Kelemen Jr., Brittany Warmack and Michael Hefferman; brother Mike (Pat) Kelemen; sister Pat Kelemen; and numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, brother Steve Kelemen, and sisters Sheryl Whitacker and Kathy Kelemen. 

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