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Joseph Anthony "Joe" Kelly, Jr.

June 13, 1935 - Dec. 1, 2012
Westwood resident Joseph "Joe" Anthony Kelly, Jr., son of Phyllis and Joseph Kelly, Sr., peacefully passed from this life with his family at his side at Renown Medical Center located in Reno, Nevada, Saturday, Dec. 1, at the age of 77.
Born in Butte, Montana on June 13, 1935 he resided there until age six when in 1942 he and his family relocated to San Francisco.
After graduating from Riordan High School as a member of the "Class of 1953" he joined the military to serve honorably with the U.S. Navy stationed throughout the Pacific. Upon returning home from the service Joe worked at several different jobs before landing his dream job as a firefighter with the San Mateo, CA Fire Department where he rose to the rank of Captain, retiring after 25 years of service to the community.
Following his retirement from the fire service not one to set idle, Joe and Nancy moved to the Northeastern California community of Westwood where they opened a Real Estate Appraisal Company as well as a seasonal cleaning business, together they fully retired in 1997.
Joe enjoyed traveling, camping, feeding all the little creatures that came "visiting" the house, along with his wife taking daily walks around town and was an avid fisherman. Winter was his favorite time of the year as he looked forward to snowmobiling with his companions in the Lassen Snowmobile Club as well as woodcutting.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Phyllis and Joe Kelly Sr.; his first wife, Marilyn; as well as his wife, Nancy who rejoins him in their eternal home just four days after Joe's passing.
He is survived by his children, Cheryl and husband Steve Doughty of Westwood, Scott Kelly of Chico, Joe Kelly III and his wife Shannon of Foresthill; a brother, Dan and his wife Joan Kelly of Petaluma, CA.; step daughters, Laurie and Holly Allin, Heather and her husband Marc Spadaro along with ten precious grandchildren.
Joe was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who is loved by all. He will be greatly missed….
A family celebration of Joe and Nancy's life will take place at a later date. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com

Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Dec. 14, 2012
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