Kenneth Lee Kellems

Born: Fri., Feb. 27, 1953
Died: Tue., Mar. 3, 2009

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Cannelton, Indiana

Kenny Kellems, 56, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born February 27, 1953 in Fort Wayne, Indiana son of the late Herman L. Kellems Sr. and Margaret Frances (Courtney) Kellems. Also preceding him in death was his first wife Joyce (Schneider) Kellems and a grandson Cody Kellems.

A U.S. Army veteran, Kenny served in Cyprus and Germany during the Viet Nam Era. Kenny was a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

Kenny married Doris (Arnold) Powers in Tell City, Indiana on April 22, 2001.

Kenny was a member of Perry County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #137, Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, Harry G. Myers American Legion Post #142, a current board member of Perry County Substance Abuse Committee, Southwest Indiana Training Council, Indiana Sheriff's Association, a coordinator for both Operation Pull Over and Camp With A Cop.

He was currently serving as Chief of Police for the City of Cannelton and was formerly a Perry County deputy sheriff.

He enjoyed Cannelton High School Basketball, shooting firearms and riding his Harley.

Kenny is survived by:

his wife Doris (Arnold) Kellems, Cannelton, Indiana

Sons - Dewayne Kellems, Whitesville, Kentucky

Jason Kellems, Cannelton, Indiana

Step-Daughter, Demetrius Powers, Lumberton, North Carolina

Step-Son, Jeff Powers, Shelbyville, Indiana

Two Sisters, Diana Jones, Tobinsport, Indiana

Linda Kellems, Tobinsport, Indiana

Two Brothers, Herman L. Kellems, Jr., Derby, Indiana

Gary "Porkie" Kellems, Tell City, Indiana

Grandchildren, Dillon Powers, Jamie Kellems, Austin Kellems, Violet Kellems, Lilith Kellems, Kennedy Powers, Emma Powers and Devin Lockman

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Cannelton Community Center with burial in New Cliff Cemetery. Bro. Lewis C. Garrett will officiate. Visitation will be on Friday from 2:00 until 8:00 PM at Huber Funeral Home Cannelton Chapel, 129 North Sixth Street, Cannelton, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Camp With A Cop. Envelopes will be provided

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Jerry Roesch
  
One of the finest officers this county has ever seen. Thank you Kenny for keeping our families safe.

Darrel Riley
  
I'll never forget that late night break in radio traffic- Tell City I've shot the son-of-bitch, send an ambulance. His actions that night were solid proof of his many hours of training. He knew that the person had a weapon, he was aware of the ammunition in the vehicle and to missing property from inside the pawn shop. That night Kenny was all business, he acted as any other officer would have... It was the right thing given the situation. It was step by step per policy. That night became a joking event once everyone came out 'OK', once everyone knew there were no life threatening injuries or gross lasting effects. Years later that was often the joke that would break the silence in the night of an intense call. Kenny would respond as all ways with that chuckle that we all knew. He never failed to make sure that everyone there knew that in his heart he regretted pulling that trigger that night. He never wanted to have to take anyone's life. That was Kenny, all ways thinking about others. Actually I don't think he ever aimed as trained to do that night. He was too good of a shot. But again that was Kenny. Kenny would walk right in the middle of choas (where the situation was out of control) with in minutes Kenny would bring calm). He would respond to a teen out of control, one without any respect for authority or of law enforcement. Kenny would again bring calm. Most often before Kenny would turn to leave, that same teen would extend an out stretched hand for Kenny to shake. That was just who he was... That same teen would be responding to him with great respect- "Yes Sir", and usually "I'm sorry Sir". I only knew him from the professional aspect of our meetings, however those brief times will last the rest of my life. His dedication to his profession was immense, his dedication to his fellow man and community was even more so. May eternal peace and rest be yours dear friend. Our thoughts are with the family and his coworkers. Darrel & Amy Riley Darrel Riley Paramedic

Gregory Newman
  

Robert Spencer
  

Robert Spencer
  
Kenny will be missed by many he has touched many lives during his short stay here. Go with God

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Karen Herzog
  

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David Oliva
  

Melissa Simpson
  
Your family is in my prayers.

Richard Schneider
  
my deepest apologizes to dewayne and jason kellems on their dad passing he was a great leader in the communityand an inspiration to alot of people.

JR FUCHS
  
I HAVE NEVER HAD THE CHANCE TO KNOW SOMEONE IN SUCH A SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME THAT CHANGED MY LIFE IN SUCH A GREAT WAY. I WILL FORVER MISS MY BEST FRIEND

JR FUCHS
  

Judy (Kamp)Rodgers
  

Demetrius Powers
  

Demetrius Powers
  
Kenny Kellems was the most wonderful, caring, giving man I know!! His loss is devastating to alot of people who loved him very much, not only as a friend but a husband, father, brother and grandfather! Love always & forever, DeeDee & Devin

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