Paul Hamilton Kelly(1937 - 2014)

Paul Hamilton Kelly, 76, of Idaho Falls, passed away on July 8, 2014, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. He had been residing at The Gables of Ammon Assisted Living Center.
He was born Sept. 9, 1937, in Sugar City, Idaho, to Howard Groesbeck Kelly and Irene Hamilton Kelly. The family moved to St. Anthony and then to Rockford, Idaho, where he attended schools and graduated from Snake River High School. He later attended Ricks College in Rexburg and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he received his Bachelor's Degree. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
On Dec. 20, 1961, he married Dottie Deanne Packer in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They lived in Texas, California, Italy, the Phillippines and South Dakota before moving to Idaho Falls. He worked as a Life Underwriter and earned CLU designation as an insurance agent. He also authored a book, "COURAGE IN A SEASON OF WAR," with his friend Lin H. Johnson.
Paul was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed reading, particularly history books; gardening, visiting friends and serving in the temple. He loved to sing and was blessed with a beautiful baritone voice. Paul especially loved his family and spending time with them.
Survivors are wife, Deanne Kelly, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; daughter, Joan (Michael) Cornia, of Firth, Idaho; son, David Kelly, of Tuscon, Ariz.; daughter, Kathryn Carmona, of Eastchester, N.Y.; daughter, Ruth (Rodney) Tirrell, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; son, Joseph (Annalee) Kelly, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; daughter, Anne Kelly, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; brother, Robert Kelly, of St. George, Utah; brother, Arthur Kelly, of Jameson, Mo.; brother, Phil Kelly, of Evanston, Wyo.; sister: Susan Nell, of West Jordan, Utah; sister, Kathleen Kelly, of Salt Lake City, Utah; 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Idaho Falls LDS Parley Ward (2055 Coronado.) The family will visit with friends Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home East Side (963 S. Ammon) and Wednesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church.
Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park with military rites by the Bonneville County Veterans Team and Idaho Honor Guard. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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Wood Funeral Home East Side
963 South Ammon Road Idaho Falls, ID 83406
(208) 522-2992

Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on July 12, 2014