He was born Oct. 1, 1922, in Chicago, Ill., to John and Christine (Kralovec) Kelliher.
On Jan. 18, 1945, he married Zella Reeves in Chicago.
Mr. Kelliher served in the Merchant Marines. He was employed as a sales representative for Longview Fiber Co. Mr. Kelliher had played minor league baseball. He was an avid golfer who recorded two holes in-one. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching "Wheel of Fortune."
Survivors include his wife, Zella; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Kathy Kelliher, Fond du Lac; John and Rosie Kelliher, Ashwaubenon; five grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer and Don Berry, Joe Kelliher, Timothy and Tara Kelliher, Shane and Barbara Kelliher, Lee and Amy Johanek; ten great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Mason, Karly, Mariah, Kieran, Kenley, Cody, Miranda, Ella, Jared; a sister, Marion Werner, California; his special friends, Debra and Todd Maynard; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister.
Private services were held at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave. To send online condolences, please go to www .BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
A memorial fund has been established to benefit Unity Hospice.
The family extends a special thank you to the staff of Unity Hospice and to their neighbor, Larry for their care during James' illness.