Fort Wayne TV station WANE reports that local auto dealer Tom Kelley planned to attend the Texas funeral services this week for former president George H.W. Bush.
Kelley had met Bush through Bush's vice president, former senator and representative Dan Quayle of Huntington, and Kelley "became golfing buddies with the president," WANE reported Monday.
After leaving office, Bush spoke in 1996 at the annual fundraising dinner of the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne. He was invited by Kelley, who was a member of the club's board of directors, The Journal Gazette reported at the time.
Later that year, Kelley told the newspaper about caddying for Bush at the 1994 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic golf tournament in Palm Springs, California. Bush's foursome included comedian Hope and then President Bill Clinton.
Kelley told WANE that he had met with Bush at least 40 times over the years and had delivered at least 20 cars to Bush and his family.
"It's like a really cool chapter in my life has just closed," Kelley said in the interview.