William Kelly Obituary Dallas Texas, William Kelly Has Died – Death Cause
William Kelly Obituary, Death – After a brief battle with illness, William J. “Bill” Kelly, who was 98 years old, passed away in comfort on January 21, 2023. Bill’s birthday is December 24th, and he was born in Red Bank, New Jersey. Bill entered the United States Army shortly after his 18th birthday and served in General Patton’s 3rd Army as a member of the 286th Field Artillery Observation, B Battery, Flash Platoon. He was a true member of the “Greatest Generation” that served during World War II.
He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and then remained in Germany for the duration of the Occupation. His fellow soldiers stayed close to one another throughout their lives. After moving back to Red Bank, which he considered to be his home, he eventually fell in love with and married Jean Louise McConnell, who would become the love of his life. Following his service in the military, Bill joined the family business, the J.H. Kelly Company, which is a distributor of automobile components with locations in Red Bank, Toms River, Belmar, Freehold, and Hazlet.
He was President of the company from 1967 till the family terminated the business in 1984. After he retired, he took advantage of his free time by traveling extensively around Europe and the United States, with a particular fondness for Alaska. For 60 years, Bill was a parishioner and usher at the Church of the Nativity. He joined the Red Bank Kiwanis Club when it first started out and remained a member there for half a century. He was an adult leader in Rumson’s Boy Scout Troop 200, which he joined when he was 18. Bill and Jean lived in Rumson for 60 years. On August 2, 2022, they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary with all of their children and other members of their big extended family.
His grandparents, Edward M. Kelly and Helen Carr Kelly, as well as his sisters Margaret Gibson, Josephine Schissler, and Helen Shute, as well as his brothers Edward and John Kelly, all passed away before Bill. He is survived by his wife, Jean M. Kelly, as well as his children Jill (Paul) Drew, Jeffrey (Mary) Kelly, Janet (Fred) Lundquist, and Joy (Gregory) Stiles. His children were married to Paul Drew, Janet Lundquist, and Fred Lundquist. He is survived by his younger sister Mary Beth Kelly Fricano of Arlington, Virginia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, a total of eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the kind and kind staff at Brandywine at the Gables in Brick, New Jersey, where Bill and Jean were happy residents of the assisted living community. The family would also like to express their gratitude to the compassionate individuals working at Hackensack Meridian Medical Center and St. Dominic Church.
On February 3, 2023, from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, there will be a Memorial Gathering held at the Thompson Memorial Home, which is located at 310 Broad Street in Red Bank, New Jersey. On Saturday, February 4, 2023 at twelve o’clock noon, a Christian burial service will be held at the Church of the Nativity, which is located at 180 Ridge Rd. in Fair Haven, New Jersey.