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Asa Clifton KELLEY Obituary
KELLEY Asa Clifton Kelley of Ponte Vedra, FL Mr. Kelley, 68, was born and raised in Palatka, FL, the son of A.C. and Eva Mae Ross Kelley, both deceased. He passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014, at the McGraw Hospice Center in Jacksonville, FL. He is survived by his wife, Ann Marie Kelley; his two daughters and sons-in-law, of whom he was very proud, Lauren and Patrick Magee of Jackson, TN; and Emily and Jared Mullins of Knoxville, TN; his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Howard Ramsey of Gainesville, FL, and his brother-in-law Robert Denkins of Idaho Falls, ID. Also surviving are his nieces and nephews, as well as his cat, Lizzie and his granddogs and cats Porter, Buck, Jax, Buddy, and Gwen. He was predeceased by his sister, Nedra Denkins, of Idaho. Mr. Kelley had many fond memories of growing up in Palatka in the 1950 s and 60 s, as well as some of the family friends who took a special interest after his father passed away when Asa was 10 years old. Mr. Bill Walker was his Boy Scout leader, guiding Asa to become an Eagle Scout, as well as providing jobs for him at his dry-cleaning company and as a scout counselor at Camp Echockotee. After graduating from Palatka High School, he earned a degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida in 1968, where he was the Outstanding Military Graduate that year. Commissioned as a 2nd LT in the Army, Asa was stationed at Ft. Belvoir, VA, for the Engineer Officer Basic Course. While there, he met Ann Marie in October 1968. They dated for 6 weeks, after which he was sent to Ft. Carson, CO. He proposed via long distance call to Ann Marie, who was on the one phone out in her dormitory hallway it worked! They saw each other again one week before the wedding on March 1, 1969, and celebrated their 45th anniversary this year. He had looked forward to celebrating his PHS 50th Class Reunion this May. Mr. Kelley served as an Army combat engineer, spending a year in Viet Nam as a platoon leader building roads and bridges through jungles to fire bases. He left the army after three years, as a captain, and began his career at the Tennessee Valley Authority. After 18 years there, he was offered a position with Bechtel Engineering and Construction, where he spent the next 20 years. Over the years, the family moved 19 times, living in Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, South Carolina, Connecticut, Idaho, New Mexico, and finally retiring near his roots in Florida. There will be a family memorial service this spring. The Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) organization provided Asa with valuable services, so if you wish to donate to them, it may help other veterans in need. He passed away from metastatic prostate cancer attributed to his exposure to Agent Orange. Therefore, he would tell men who may be concerned about possible prostate gland problems to see your doctor, and if necessary, to keep at it until any problems are discovered, treated, or ruled out. He also was so grateful to his special nurses and doctors at the Northeast Florida Community Hospice, so you may consider donations to it. (www.communityhospice.com) Rest in Peace. Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Services under the direction and care of: Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on May 25, 2014
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