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Edward L. Kelty formerly of Wheaton Edward L. Kelty, 70, a resident of Earlville, Ill., died Sunday, May 13, 2012, after a battle with cancer. He was born May 18, 1941, in Jamaica, N.Y. to Capt. Henry J. "Mike" ret. and Virginia Kelty. Ed lived in New York till he was four years old. He and his mother, Virginia, were on the first dependent ship heading for Germany after World War II. He lived in Germany till the age of 15 when he and his family returned to the United States. At age 17, his family moved to Illinois. He graduated from St. Procopius High School in Lisle (aka Benet Academy) in 1959. After graduation, he served in the Marines until 1965. In May of 1966, he married Linda Cooper. For many years he worked as a carpenter and later worked for DuPage County. After retirement he moved to Earlville where he worked part time as a security guard for Guardsmark. Throughout his life he loved sports, especially football. It is due to that passion that he became involved in youth football and coached the Wheaton Packers and Wheaton Rams from 1978 to1990. He also loved to fish and was known to enjoy a few hours at one of the lakes near his home when he could. He is survived by his wife, Linda Kelty (nee Cooper); son, Michael (Heather) Kelty, of Washington; daughter, Patricia Kelty, of Washington; daughter, Kimberly (Jim) Malay of St. Charles; son, Sean (Patricia) Kelty of Wheaton; and six grandchildren, Kallin, Tareq, Meghan, Brody, Connor and Spencer. He was preceded in death by his father. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 415 S. East St., Earlville, IL 60518, 815-246-9642. A Celebration of Life gathering will follow at Poka's, 137 W. Railroad St., Earlville, IL 60518, 815- 246-7050. Memorial gifts may be directed to the family and sent to Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main, Wheaton IL 60187. Family and friends may sign a guest book at For more information, please call the funeral home at 630-668-0027.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 23, 2012
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