Leonard Bernoll Kelly

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Leonard Bernoll Kelly, 92, formerly of Altoona, Pa., and a longtime resident of St. Augustine, Fla., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Williamsburg, Va.

Born on Oct. 21, 1920, in Patton, Pa., he was the oldest son of Blair Franklin and Anna Beatrice (Christoff) Kelly. He married Virginia Fowler on July 19, 1942, at McDill Air Base, Tampa, Fla., who died in 2009. Surviving are daughter, Terry Kelly Dunn (Keith) of Williamsburg, Va.; son, Todd Fowler Kelly (Janette) of Altoona; and son, Mark Frederick Kelly (Martha) of St. Augustine; grandchildren, Maj. Christina Vile, USAF (Maj. Casey) of Yorktown, Va.; and Drew A. Dunn of Sykesville, Md.; and great-granddaughter, Liesl Anne Vile. His brother, Blair F. Kelly II of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and several nephews and a niece also survive him.

Leonard was a 1937 graduate of Altoona High School and a 1938 graduate of the Culver Military Academy, Culver, Ind. He received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., in 1942.

As a lieutenant, he entered the United States Army Air Corp during World War II and served in the 320th Bomber Group, 442nd Squadron in North Africa. He served as the assistant adjutant to Gen. Carl Spatz. Later he served as assistant adjutant for Gen. Ira Eaker in the Mediterranean Allied Air Force Command in Italy. Following the war he served in the United States Air Force Reserve and retired as a lieutenant commander in the United States Coast Guard Reserve.

Leonard became the third generation owner of W.H. Kelly & Son Monument Builders, a firm begun by his grandfather in 1873. A member of the Altoona Rotary Club, he retired from business in 1999.

As an active member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, he enjoyed his lifelong passion and hobby for boating with his family and friends in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida.

Memorials may be given to the Altoona Area School District Foundation, 1415 6th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602 or the Norwich University Alumni Association, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.

Funeral arrangements and internment in the Hollidaysburg Presbyterian Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

Bucktrout Funeral Home, Williamsburg, Pa.

Published in St. Augustine Record on Dec. 2, 2012
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