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Dr. Richard Kelty Obituary
Dr. Richard Kelty
Age 94, of North Canton, passed away Thursday morning Oct. 25, 2012 in Mercy Medical Center. He was born April 12, 1918 in Alliance, Ohio and was the son of the late Harry and Nettie (Gulling) Kelty. He attended St. Joseph School and graduated from Alliance High School in 1936. Dr. Kelty graduated from Mt. Union College in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He then graduated from University of Michigan Medical School in 1943 with a Doctor of Medicine Degree. He served a one year internship at Mercy Medical Center and then completed a three year fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Upon completing a project in medical research at the Mayo Clinic, he received a Master of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kelty became a member of the Mercy Medical Staff in 1950 and maintained a private practice until 1982 when he retired. He was elected Chief of Medicine and later President of Staff at Mercy in 1960. He served his country in the US Army as the Medical Director at Indiantown Gap, Pa. and Edgewood Arsenal, MD. Dr. Kelty was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, the Stark County Medical Society and Mayo Clinic Alumnae.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Joan Woolf. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette (LaCave), with whom he celebrated 69 years of marriage on Oct. 19, 2012; sons, Dr. Richard (Pamela) of Westlake, Calif., James of Cambria, Calif., Jeffrey (Barbara) of Littleton, Colo., Mark (Nellie) of Catonsville, Md., Keith (Cathy) of Cincinnati, Stephen (Linda) of Tinton Falls, N.J., and daughter, Dr. Lisa (Chris) Kelty-Johnson; four grandchildren, Laura, Amanda, Matthew, and Jonathon; seven step-grandchildren and eight step-great- grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at 11 a.m. in St. Michael's Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow in North Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call Monday morning 10-11 a.m. in St. Michaels Church. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations may be made to St. Michaels Catholic Church or Mercy Medical Center. Those wishing to share a fond memory or their condolences may sign the online guestbook at
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Published in The Repository on Oct. 27, 2012
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