John Arthur Kelly Sr., 83, of Petersburg, Va., died June, 23, 2013.
Mr. Kelly was born Nov. 27, 1929, to Lemuel and Ruth (Holt) Kelly from Oldham, England. His family immigrated to the United States and settled in the Boston area. Mr. Kelly proudly served in the United States Marine Corps
and United States Air Force
. He retired from active duty service to our country after 20 years. Mr. Kelly and his family settled in Petersburg in 1966. Mr. Kelly went on to work as a magistrate for the City of Petersburg and retired from public service in 2001. Mr. Kelly lived a full and rewarding life. Mr. Kelly was a lifetime member of American Legion J. Thompson Wyatt Post 2, Petersburg, where he was very active and served as a past commander. Mr. Kelly was also a proud member of Fraternal Order of Eagles-Petersburg #882.
Mr. Kelly is survived by his brother, Frederick Lemuel Kelly (Denise) from Hudson, Fla. He is also survived by his daughters, Karen Heidorn (Martin) from Chesterfield, Va., Barbara Nitz (Trevor) from Papa, Hungary, Kim Powers (James) from Prince George County, Va.; and one son, Daniel John Kelly from Palm Springs, Calif. Mr Kelly was blessed with four grandchildren: Ashley Powers Preskar (Jeff), Kelly Heidorn, Lauren Heidorn and Ian Nitz. He also has one great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Heidorn. Mr Kelly is also survived by Eric Lemuel Meakin of Lytham St Annes, England; and Ruth Bertenshaw Brookes (Robert) of Shaw Oldham, England. Mr. Kelly was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Ann Plaisance Kelly, formerly of New Orleans, and his son, John Arthur Kelly Jr.
A memorial service will be held at American Legion J. Thompson Wyatt Post 2, 820 Winfield Road, Petersburg, Va., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Southlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Birdsong Road, in Petersburg, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Legion J. Thompson Wyatt Post 2, marked for Veterans Support Services. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com