Leroy David “Dave” Kelly, 80, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday evening, September 20, 2014 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born in Chewton on October 11, 1933 to the late Roy Lee Kelly and the late Margaret (Hartzel) Lutz Kelly. He attended school in Zelienople and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married his wife of 45 years, Marie (Colaizzi) Funk Kelly, on August 16, 1969. She survives. Dave worked in maintenance at Calgon Merck Corporation (Nalco) in Ellwood City for 27 years until retiring in 1993. After retiring, he worked as a handyman and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowled in three leagues at Sim’s Lanes. At age 70, he bowled a 300, a 298, and a 289.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer G. and Arthur Lutz.
Dave is survived by wife, Marie (Colaizzi) Funk Kelly, and two daughters and two sons: Francine Funk (and Randy) Hunter of Ellwood City, Barbara Kelly (and Jeff) King of New Galilee, John (and Mary) Funk of Ellwood City, and David (and Hope) Kelly of New Galilee; as well as five grandchildren: Amie (and Mark) Chulak, Matthew (and Stephanie) Hunter, Erin (and Adam) Workley, Jacob Funk, and Cheyenne King; and two great grandchildren, Lucas and Alexa Workley. He is also survived by two sisters, Annis Davis of Darlington and Joyce (and Pete) Peterson of New Galilee, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
A Blessing Service will be held at 6 P.M. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Fr. Mark Thomas, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish Church, officiating.
Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home at 5:45 P.M. on the day of the service to conduct full military rites.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in Dave’s name, to the Ellwood City Area Public Library.
You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences online at www.turnerfh.com.