Olan came into this world on July 20, 1930, in Austin, Texas. He departed it on September 7, 2021, at the age of 91 in Dripping Springs, Texas. He was the eldest son to Olan Arthur Kelley Sr. and Bertie B. Kelley. He attended Austin High School. He was married & divorced twice, first to Frances Lee Kirkpatrick and then Joline Rush.
Olan served in the Air Force during the Korean War 1950-52. Stationed in Okinawa to the 546th Ammunition Supply Squadron as a Staff Sergeant, where he was trained and assigned to explosive ordinance disposal.
Upon completion of his military duties, he began his career with the Austin Police Department. He was a member of the 9-A cadet class of Austin Police Department and graduated in 1952. Olan served APD with distinction for 32 years. One of his favorite assignments was the Special Missions Team (SWAT) where he assisted with developing the program and served as the Lieutenant and bomb technician. Olan retired from APD as a Lieutenant in 1984.
He enjoyed his first years of retirement living on his lakefront property on Lake LBJ and ultimately moved back to the family ranch. He was never idle and used his time to work the properties into show places.
Olan was a dedicated son, husband, father, and friend. His genuine outgoing demeanor generated an extended family that included many close friends. His leadership was evident with any organization he was involved as a Police Officer, Masonic Lodge, Shriner or as a community leader. He gave his time freely and offered his assistance to many.
Olan was preceded in death by his father Olan Arthur Kelley Sr, Mother Bertie B. Kelley, daughter Cynthia Lee Kelley, sister Doris Lind, and brother James Kelley.
He is survived by his son Olan Kelley III (Judy) and son James Monte Kelley (Gina). Olan has three grandchildren, Clifton James Kelley (CJ), Olan Kelley IV (Kel), and Stephen Kelley. He has 3 great-grandchildren, Ian Kelley, Olan Kelley V (Wyatt) and Ronan Kelley and many nieces & nephews.
Pallbearers are CJ Kelley, Olan Kelley IV, Stephen Kelley, Ian Kelley, Brad Lind & Ron Montgomery. Honorary pallbearers are Olan Kelley V (Wyatt) and Ronan Kelley.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 12, 6-8 pm at Harrell Funeral Home, 100 Heritage Drive, Austin, TX 78737. Graveside services are Monday, September 13 at 10:00 am at Phillip's Cemetery, RR12 South @ FM 150, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
The family would like to extend its appreciation to the members of the Austin Police Department Honor Guard. Special thanks to George Bomar for officiating graveside services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Olan's memory can be made to a charity of your choice OR Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. Visit: lovetotherescue.org to make an online donation.
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