Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

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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Memories & Condolence

  1. Kris Hicks says:

    Dave, Nita and Family,
    I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Kris Hicks

  2. The Hurst Family says:

    Nita and family,

    We are so saddened to hear of your father’s passing. We pray the Lord will keep His loving arms around you during this difficult time. We will be praying for strength and peace in the days ahead.

  3. Caporini's says:

    Sincerest sympathy. Be comforted that God walks this path with you and lean on the support and comfort of each other and your friends. No more pain for your husband/father/grandfather. Prayers will continue…
    Mike and Judy

  4. The Cooper Family says:

    Nita and family, We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John, Susan, JC and Alyse Cooper

  5. Ann Imhoff says:

    Elinor and family
    So sorry for your loss. He was such a sweet and jolly man.
    Prayers for all

  6. Donna Kelley Ensman says:

    My deepest sympathies on the passing of Mr. Kelly. As another one of the “Kelley” girls I remember many fond memories of Dick and the rest of the family. I am sorry for your loss. Remember the great times you had as a family. They will help you through this time. I know that he will be your angel watching over all of you now. I will keep you all in my prayers. Hugs to all of you and may you find the peace and comfort of your memories and relatives and friends during this time. Donna Kelley Ensman

  7. Carolyn Dickerson says:

    Patti and family, My heart is breaking for you but please take comfort in knowing he is in a much better place with no pain or confusion. God will be your support through this time of grief and will walk with you. He will even carry you if needed. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers!
    Carolyn and Amanda

  8. The Fiskes says:

    Nita & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs an prayers to all of you.
    Love from Katie & Mark, Hudson & Aivlyn

  9. Juan, Crystal, & Cullen Escalera says:

    We pray you feel God’s loving embrace at this time of sorrow. It is never easy losing a loved one.
    Love, Juan, Crystal & Cullen Escalera

  10. John Swain says:

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this most difficult time.

  11. Dottie & Rich says:

    Elinor and family: So sorry about Dick. God will keep His Loving Arms around
    you all during this time. I will always remember him with “his behave” when we
    Janie, you, Elinor and me went out to lunch at Wendy’s in Shelby. You were truly
    blessed with him, and he, with all of you. It’s hard, but look back on all the wonderful memories you all have shared over the years. Love to you, Elinor, and all your family. I will miss that sweet little man. Much love Dottie and Rich

  12. Rick Huff says:

    Mrs Kelly & family. This is Rick with R&R Heating. Are deepest condolences.

  13. Nora & Don Ludwig says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Elinor and the whole Kelly clan for your loss. We have such wonderful memories of his great sense of humor and joyful spirit. We will always remember him dancing and his warm smile.

  14. Mary Martin Bandman says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May the Lord hold you gently in the palm of His hands.

  15. Jill Humphrey says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Praying for comfort for all of the family.

  16. Larry and Rena and Toni Lovely says:

    To the Family, We are so sorry to read about the death of your Husband and Father. I remember him at the Post Office picnics at Mort’s house and at the Post Office working with my Father, John Champion. What fun they had together. He was such a nice guy and seemed to always have a smile on his face.God be with ALL of you, know that we are praying for you.

  17. Ron and Linda Nelson says:

    To the Kelly Family,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Dick. We remember him best as a letter carrier at Galion. He was a good man.

  18. Linda Munnell says:

    The Kelly Family: I am with each of you in thought and prayer. May God’s peace and comfort be with you today and in the days to come.

  19. Joyce Barnes says:

    Dear Elinor and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Know that I’m thinking of you and wish you peace in the following days. Love and Hugs to all. Joyce

  20. John and Barbara Gosser says:

    Dave and Nita,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May God bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

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