Ronald L. Kelly, 76, of 80 E. North St., Ilion, passed away, at home, with his family by his side.
Ron was born on May 19, 1937, in Utica, the son of the late James and Margaret E. (Farmer) Kelly; he was a graduate of Utica Free Academy in Utica. After school, Ron served in the armed forces during the Korean Conflict, he served in the Marines and Army. He worked for several different companies throughout his life. On Dec. 5, 1982, he married the former Maxine Knisley in Clinton. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica with his family.
Ron is survived by his wife, Maxine; three sons, Ronald and David Kelly, both of Herkimer, and Jeff and his wife, Nancy, of Alabama; two daughters, Tammy, of Tennessee, and Shannon and her husband, Shane Kelly, of Ilion; a brother, Chuck and his wife, Joanna Kelly, of Clinton; a sister, Sharon and her husband, John “Jack” Nestor, of Clinton; two sisters-in-law, Angela “Diane” Kelly, of Clarks Mills, and Diane Kelly, of Utica; and a brother-in-law, Ken Grabeldinger, of Alabama. He also leaves nine grandchildren, including two special grandchildren, Heather Nicole Reeves and Shea Noll Kelly, and eight great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. Ron was predeceased by his siblings, James, Betty Loveland, Gracia “Rae” Grabeldinger, Robert and Richard.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica. Fr. Joe Salerno will officiate. In keeping with Ron’s wishes, there are no calling hours.
Arrangements are made by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion.
Ron’s family wishes to thank Ann, from Hospice, for the wonderful care and attention given to Ron and his family.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.whiter-hendrix.com.