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John Kevin Kelty


1960 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
John Kevin Kelty Obituary
Kelty, John Kevin John Kevin Kelty, 54, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 10, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was born on January 1, 1960, in DeRidder, Louisiana to Dr. C.D. "Doc" and Mrs. Jane Payne Kelty. Kevin was diagnosed in October 2009 with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), and never lost faith or his love for life. He remained positive and hopeful throughout his ALS journey. His precious memory will live on in Kim, Chris and Emily as he leaves with them his legacy of inspiration, and his teachings of living life with character and integrity. Kevin lived out the verse: "But we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulations bring about perseverance, and perseverance, proven character, and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5:3-5 Kevin graduated from DeRidder High School in 1978. It was there that he met his high school sweetheart, Kim Ryals, and they were married in 1983 in DeRidder, Louisiana and they were happily married for 30 years. Kevin attended Louisiana State University where he received a bachelor's degree in finance in 1982, and remained a proud supporter of his LSU Tigers. He went on to obtain an M.B.A. from LSU in 1983, and joined J.P. Morgan Chase that same year. The first 26 years of his career were spent with J.P. Morgan Chase, splitting time between Houston and Dallas before becoming President of Chase, Baton Rouge, in April 2009. Kevin held a number of successful management positions within J.P. Morgan Chase. From 1994 to 2005, he was co-head of the Dallas Corporate and Investment Bank. From 1999 to 2005, he was a managing director in J.P. Morgan's Global Telecom and Media Investment Banking Group. Prior to moving to Baton Rouge, Kevin managed two corporate banking groups within J.P. Morgan Chase's Commercial Banking Group. The first of these, the Technology Corporate Banking Group, specialized in small and mid cap technology companies nationwide with offices in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The second, the Southwest Corporate Banking Group, targeted companies from diverse industries located throughout the Southwest and Rocky Mountain region with offices in Dallas, Houston and Denver. Kevin also set up offices for J. P. Morgan Chase in Orlando and Charlotte. Upon moving to Baton Rouge, Kevin got involved in the community right away and was on the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business Dean's Advisory Council and served on the Financial Committee. He participated in the E.J. Ourso College's Visiting Business Executive Program, speaking to students in LSU's Department of Finance. He also served as Treasurer and sat on the Board of Directors for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. Kevin led a Christ-centered life as a member of St. Jude Catholic Church that was evident in both his private and professional life. He was a family man and was deeply committed to all activities in which his two children Chris and Emily were involved. He coached Chris in baseball for many years and was involved in his basketball and golf activities. Kevin loved to watch and support his daughter Emily's dance no matter where she was dancing-Dallas, New York, LSU, etc. He loved to watch her dance. His joy in life was his children and he was so proud of Chris and Emily. He was devoted to his adoring wife Kim. They were a united team in raising their children and were blessed enough to enjoy many years of wonderful travel, as well as the endless joy of family gatherings. When Kevin walked into a room he had a smile that would light up a room, and he had a boisterous, contagious laugh. He was a mentor to many and advised many family, friends and colleagues over the years. He always had a way of making people feel comfortable with his easy-going attitude. He always cared for other people and saw the good in them. Once diagnosed with ALS, he became an advocate for ALS, speaking in interviews on TV and was featured in newspaper articles locally and nationally. The ALS Association honored him for his dedication in the fight against the disease in January 2013. Kevin had large and supportive "Kelty Krewe" walk teams in Baton Rouge, Houston, and Dallas. He had a community page for the ALS Therapy Development Institute and started a very successful fund for research to find a cure and treatment for ALS. Kevin was honored in 2013 when a garden was named in his honor, The Kevin Kelty Garden at the Team Gleason House of Innovative Living at St. Margaret's in New Orleans, Louisiana. The residence is only the second of its kind in the country for ALS patients and was made possible thanks to a generous donation by J.P. Morgan Chase. Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, D.F. and Winnie Kelty, and Hubert and Myra Payne. Kevin is survived by his loving wife, Kim Ryals Kelty of Baton Rouge, LA; his son Chris Kelty, proudly following his fathers footsteps by attending LSU. Chris works as a sponsorship salesman for TigerDroppings and is also a professional sports photographer. His daughter Emily Kelty, proudly following her fathers footsteps and attending LSU is a Public Relations Major and a member of the LSU Tiger Girls and Chi Omega Sorority; his devoted parents, Dr. C.D. "Doc" and Mrs. Jane Kelty of DeRidder, LA; his brother James "Gus" Kelty and wife Pat of Lake Charles, LA; his sister Karen Nichols of Miami, FL; his brother Bob Kelty and wife Vivian of The Woodlands, TX; his nieces and nephews: Joseph and Missy Kelty and children Sean and Brady; Robert and Samantha Kelty and child Atis; Aimee and Scott Broussard and children Cameron and Ben; Sara and Billy Williams and children Elaine and Chloe; Matthew Kelty; Paul Nichols; Megan Kelty; his parent-in-laws Linda Ryals, Tommy Ryals and his brother-in-law Linn Ryals. I n accordance with Kevin's final wishes a visitation and prayer vigil will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., the prayer vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Rabenhorst Funeral Home on 825 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA and the funeral mass celebrating Kevin's life in words and music will be held at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 9150 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Trey Nelson. As many witnessed he was an amazing writer, and shared his ALS journey on Caring Bridge with family and friends around the country who prayed for him and the entire Kelty Family for four years. Kim, Chris and Emily are forever grateful for the love and support everyone has shown them. His family would like to send a special heartfelt Thank You to: Nurse Stacey Boulas, and St. Joseph Hospice, Peaches Olalekan, and respiratory therapist, Lisa Dunigan, The ALS Association and all of our family and friends from Dallas, Baton Rouge and around the country for all the support, text, voicemails, prayers, love and visits. And to all of Kevin's Scrabble and Words With Friends faithful players and his KA brothers who helped to lift our family's spirits. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, Attn: Kevin Kelty ALS Research Fund, 300 Technology Square Suite 400, Cambridge, MA 02139.



Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 11, 2014
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