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William Earle Kelly Obituary


William Earle Kelly, of Yuba City, CA, passed away March 8, 2018, at the age of 86 at his home with loved ones by his side. Bill was born in Oakland CA, on June 24, 1931.

In 1950, he went to work for Consolidated Freightways as a truck driver in the Bay Area, in 1952, he was drafted and served two years in the army earning two medals for his service in the Korean War. In 1954, he returned to the Bay Area, working for Consolidated Freightways until 1963, after which time he moved to Yuba City, CA. He spent several years working on the family farm before working as a self-employed Carpenter, doing custom home improvement and design until he retired in 2009. Some would say he never retired and remained extremely active until his death. Bill was very creative and found fabrication of his designs to be therapeutic.

March 17, 1962, he married Laurie Jelavich, enjoying 55 years of marriage and raising three sons. William (Bill), Michael and Matthew. Bill loved baseball and followed the Oakland Athletics from their first season in Oakland. He loved the start of spring training, signaling the beginning of warmer weather and longer days.

For those that knew Bill, the words "kind, caring, and compassionate" come to mind. He loved his family, and his five grandchildren meant everything to him. He was a true believer in the "Golden Rule" and made personal sacrifices to ensure his families happiness.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Laurie, and their three sons, Bill, Michael, and Matthew; their wives, Wendy, Heidi and Charina; and his five grandchildren, Samantha, Caitlin, Kerryn, Kailani, and Wyatt.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life, which will be from 1pm – 4pm, Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Matt and Charina's home.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 13 to Mar. 15, 2018
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