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Timothy James Kelly

  • "A fine officer and gentleman. Served with Tim in the 564th..."
    - John Henninger
  • "God took a great man from the world; a leader, soldier,..."
    - Ryan Kelly
    - Phylis Kelly
  • "Always a gentleman & made you Smile , God Bless ."
  • "I had the privilege of training with Tim at ORT at..."
    - Larry Petty

Kelly, Timothy James
Timothy James Kelly, a resident of Mesa, Ariz., passed away in May at the age of 62. Kelly was born to the late Arthur and Nelle Kelly on July 25, 1950, in Jersey City, N.J. Making a career in the Air Force, Kelly served as a colonel, specializing in space and missile operations. During his time in the Air Force, Kelly received many recognitions, which are the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 devices, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Air Force Training Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal with 1 device, the Air Force Longevity Service Award with 5 devices, the Combat Readiness Medal, the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon/Pistol, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 3 devices, and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with 2 devices. While he served in the Air Force, Kelly also received two Master of Science degrees - one in operations research and one in management and organizational development. After more than 27 years of duty, Kelly retired from the Air Force and worked for Lockheed Martin as a senior program manager. He is survived by his spouse, Phylis Kelly of Edmond, Okla.; his children, Denise
Bernard of Edmond, Okla.; Ryan Kelly of Arlington, Va.; Phillip Kelly of Chandler, Ariz.; and two grandchildren. A burial service with military honors will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 14, 2013
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