Richard L. “Dick” Kelly
Richard L. Kelly, age 79, of Shelby and formerly of Galion, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
He was born April 28, 1935 in Crestline, Ohio the son of the late Jack and Mary (Dolce) Kelly. Dick was a 1952 graduate of Galion High School and was a member of the Navy Reserves. He was a letter carrier for 10 years and then spent his career in the insurance business. Following retirement, Dick worked as a courier for Fuji Film in Mansfield and Richland Bank. Dick was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church when he lived in Galion and was a lay distributor and a lector. Upon moving to Shelby, Dick became a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Galion Knights of Columbus where he was a 4th Degree Knight. Dick was a jolly man who wore many hats- specifically being a terrific Santa Claus for many years in downtown Galion. He enjoyed refinishing antique furniture, camping and spending time with his friends and family- especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Nothing brought him greater joy than seeing his family together having fun.
Dick is survived by his wife: Elinor (Spangler) Kelly, whom he married on May 26, 1956; 5 daughters: Susan (Charles) Vander Maas of Galion, Jennifer (Phillip) Jackson of Ontario, Deborah (Rick) Moore, Nita (Dave) Walsh and Patricia (Matt) Laughbaum all of Shelby;
14 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 sister-in-laws: Mary Rose Will and Shirley Cornell both of Shelby; a brother-in-law: Richard (Joan) Spangler of Shelby; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Christine O’Leary.
Friends and family are welcome on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 2-5 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where a wake service will be held at 5 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 AM at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 26 West Street, Shelby with Father James Sanford officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to St. Mary School, American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association.
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