JAMES RKELLY, JR.
WEST PORTSMOUTH-James Raymond Kelly, Jr., 84, of West Portsmouth, passed away at the SOMC Hospice Center. Jim was born in Wellston Nov.29, 1929, a son of the late James Raymond and Ruhama Jenkins Kelly, Sr. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, a 1947 graduate of Wellston High School and James Dickey Post 23 American Legion where he formerly served on the burial Honors Detail. Jim was a retired senior engineer at USEC having retired in 1990. He also worked at the SOMC snack bar for 5 years. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War having served on the aircraft carrier Valley Forge from 1951 to 1955. For his service, Jim was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal. Also preceding Jim in death was his first wife, Patricia E. Holzapfel and his sister, Betty Ritchie and her husband Robert.
He is survived by his wife; Sandra Nadine Armes Kaut Kelly, whom he married in Chillicothe on Jan. 19, 1989; his son Nelson Edward (Raeann) Kelly of Chillicothe; four daughters, Lynn Kay (John) Scott of Hilliard, Lori Ann (Jeffrey) Towt of Pataskala, Suellen (Jon) Schobelock of Chillicothe and Kristina Kayser of Portsmouth; two sisters-in-law, Esther McAlister of Columbus and Miriam Holzapfel of Wellston; eleven grandchildren, Jarrod and Seth Kelly, J.P. and Ragen Kayser, Jesse (Valerie) Warnock, Allie Kaut, Jeff and Lindsey Schobelock, Cassie (Ryan) Scott, Morgan (Doug) Heath and Kayden Kritzwiser; four great-grandchildren, Elijah, Gavin, Leo and Shea; two nieces, Ruhama (Jim) Proctor and Jamie (Dwight) Watson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Monday at 10 A.M. at St. Mary's Church with Rev. Adam Streitenberger officiating. The family will receive friends at the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth on Sunday from 4 to 7 P.M. where a Wake Service will immediately follow. Interment will be at 1 P.M. Monday in St. Margaret Cemetery in Chillicothe where the James Dickey Post 23 Honors Detail will conduct military graveside services
Online condolences may be made at www.RalphFScott.com. Honoring Mr. Kelly's service to his country, the flag of the U.S. Navy will be flown at the funeral home.