Kelly James "Jim" Robert Kelly, age 95, of Worthington, OH was born on May 8, 1919 in Masontown, WV. Surrounded by his loving family, he was reunited on July 9, 2014 with his daughter Terry (Kelly) Vecchio, who had passed away on April 12, 2014 after a long illness. Survived by his wife, Doris; children, Kimberly, Larry and Patrick (Lori Gerald) Kelly; grandson, Joseph Lavalle; grand-daughters, Jennie Kelly (Aaron Christian), Shauna Kelly, Jordan Lavalle (Chris Davis); brother, John (Dorothy - deceased); and sisters, Evelyn (Bruce - deceased) Hupp and Dorothy Fortney; many cousins, nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by his parents Harry and Jessie Kelly, brothers Howard and William Kelly, sisters Mary (George) Browning, Helen (Les) Amtower and Eleanor (Dave) Gilmore; nephews, Mark Fortney and Criss Browning. Member of the Second Marine Division during WWII and served on the islands of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Tinian and Saipan. He received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered on Guadalcanal in 1943. Owner of Capital Painting then Jim Kelly Painting. Member of the VFW, Boy Scouts and Shamrock Club. Throughout his life Jim had a profound sense of duty to his family and his fellow man. He did his nobly best to live his life true in heart, morally strong and to lend a helping hand to those in need. With every act of kindness every smile and word of cheer, he built a lasting monument in the hearts that mourn him here. A celebration of his life will be held at the Sharon Twp. Municipal Bldg. at 95 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH on July 27 2 to 5 p.m. Burial at the Beverly Hills Memorial Cemetery in Westover, WV on August 9, 2014 with full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, Jim would be pleased if you made a donation to
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 13, 2014