The Rev. C. Nathan Kelch, 70
The Rev. C. Nathan Kelch, 70, of Allegan, went home to be with the Lord on May 24, 2014, after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his family at Hospice House in Holland.
Nate was born on Oct. 25, 1943, in Arkansas. He was married to Darlene Blanton on Feb. 16, 1962. He was a successful businessman, most notably owning and operating 1st Placement Employment Group. He was also an ordained Bishop in the Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn., and served in the ministry for 44 years. For 35 years of that time he ministered with distinction as the senior pastor of the M-40 North Church of God.
He is survived by his beloved wife Darlene (Blanton) Kelch; his son Scott and Kathy Kelch; his daughter Tammy and Anthony; his grandchildren, Lance, Sierra, Paul, Rachel, Skyler, Sydney, Alianna, Auggie, Izzy and Jo-Lee; his great-grandchildren, Ariel and Abigail; his god-child Jo-Dee (Jaime) Alegria; his brothers, Jack (Barbara) Kelch and Buford (Sandra) Kelch; his sister Margaret Kelch; his sisters-in-law, Carol and Marie; his foster son David Clason; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Hugh and Minnie Fay (David) Kelch; his brothers, William (Freda), Eugene (Nora), Jim, Kenneth, Odie and Donnie; and his sister Louise.
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, May 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at M-40 North Church of God, Allegan. The funeral will be Thursday, May 29, at 11 a.m. also at M-40 North Church of God. Pastor Bill Adams will officiate. A committal at the cemetery will follow after the funeral.
Memorial contributions may be made to Patient Advocate Foundation, 421 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666; and/or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Arrangements are being provided by Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel, www.gordenfuneral.com.