Edwin Kelley

Mr. Edwin A. Kelley, 78, a resident of White Rock, N.M., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, which would have been his 25th anniversary to his beloved wife, Billie. Ed was born in Washington, Pa. to John B. Kelley Sr. and Ruth A. Kelley on Feb. 7, 1934. He graduated from Trinity High School, Washington, Pa. in 1951. He was a machinist all his life as many of the Kelley families were, and was known for being "one of the best." He moved to Los Alamos, N.M. in 1967 to work for LASL, in the main Shops. In 1976 until 1981 he operated and owned Kelley's Hilltop Gulf station in Los Alamos. After that, he worked on various other projects within LANL and the community as a master machinist. Ed loved going to Lake Erie with his family in the summers, playing pool with his buddies, camping, boating, hunting, fishing, almost anything outdoors, racing motorcycles and going to hill climbs. He also liked working on and reselling cars, and oh how he loved to dance . . . and many times won those great dance contests, playing a very competitive game of horseshoes and always joked about having a prayer with the Lord (Calvert). Ed loved his animals and was especially fond of 'his dog' Buttons who passed away several years ago and "Billie's dog" Mitzi who is a very lonely little dog now. He was a loving father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and son and loved all the children, especially all the babies. He was preceded in death by his father, John B. Kelley Sr.; mother, Ruth A. Kelley Toland; sister, Margaret E. Humphreys; first wife, Shirley A. Kelley; second wife, Billie F. Kelley. He is survived by his 7 children: Richard E. Kelley (Shari) of Los Alamos, Cynthia (Cindy) J. Kelley of Los Alamos, Edwin A. Kelley Jr. (Brenda) of Los Alamos, Janet S. Caldwell (Jack) of Lamy, N.M., Mary Lou Holmes (David) of Los Alamos, Debbie L. Evans (Ed) of San Antonio, Texas, John P. Kelley of Los Alamos; 7 stepchildren: Shirley A. Jarrell (Hal) of Houston, Texas, Debbie F. Wright of Albuquerque, N.M., Carolyn J. Blossom of Albuquerque, N.M., Billie R. Clark (Chris) of Tijeras, N.M., Barbara L. Sanchez (David) of Española, N.M., Orbry L. Wright (Kathleen) of Los Alamos, Katherine L. Brophy (Dan) of Española; brother, John B. Kelley (Sandra) of Beaver, Pa.; sister, Joan R. Reese of Washington, Pa. Ed was also blessed with and is survived by 28 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; numerous other loving relatives and friends. Memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to your favorite animal shelter in his name. The family of Edwin A. Kelley have entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. (505) 747-7477 or www.devargasfuneral.com.

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 18, 2013