Edward H. Kelly M.D.
1923 - 2018
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Edward H. Kelly, M.D. 1923 - 2018
St. Paul, MN—Kelly, Edward H., M.D. Born 11/30/1923 in St. Paul. Died March 26, 2018.
Preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 65 years, Rose Ann (Markert), parents Dr. John V. and Agnes Kelly, brother Jack, and sisters Ruth (DeRosier), Mary Jane (Budge), Patsy (Daugherty) and Agnes (Kelly-Jensen).
Survived by his children, the "7 C's," Crescence (Stu) Torgerson, Christopher (Jean), Cynthia (Greg) Hames, Camille (Rick) Dunn, Cole (Teri), Clay (Beckie) and Chad (Shelly); he was the beloved "Boppa" to his 22 grandchildren Alissa (Ryan) Schuh, Andrew Torgerson, Jenna (Bryan) Meister, Katie Kelly, Brett Kelly, Graham Hames, Owen (Ivy) Hames, Kendall Hames, Ryan Dunn, Cassie (Dan) Fries, Mikaela Dunn, Kristina, Sidonia, Kieran, Ian (Emily), Sean, Evan, Alyenna, Rosie, Marika, Austin and Nash Kelly; great-grandchildren Frankie Johnson, Avery and Isaac Schuh, and Viviane Meister; many other loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
Thank-you to the staff at Waverly Gardens for all the love & care you have given Dad, especially the "Angels" in the Memory Care Unit who have loved him through his recent years.
Edward loved people and was known for his positive, engaging personality. He hummed and whistled happy songs throughout his life, even while raising seven children.
Dr. Kelly was an orthopedic surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul where he performed the first total knee in Minnesota. In later years he refocused his practice to specialize in foot, ankle and lower leg at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He also taught at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Minneapolis for over 30 years.
Edward proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy and during the Korean War with the U.S. Army. He was a champion sailor and Commodore of the Gull Lake Yacht Club and loved to play tennis, snow ski, take long walks, bird watch and canoe in the Boundary Waters.
He loved being the Grand Marshal for annual 4th of July parades on Gull Lake. Edward graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School where he will donate his body to research. Dad supported and loved each one of us, always providing incredible wisdom and unconditional love.
We love you to pieces…and whole, Dad!
Visitation and Funeral Service at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 1938 Stanford Ave, St. Paul with Visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 7.
Memorials preferred to Dementia Research at the Alzheimer's Research Foundation and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association on behalf of his grandson, Ryan Dunn.

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Published in The State Journal-Register from Mar. 29 to Apr. 1, 2018.
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April 5, 2018
I worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in the 60's both as a "Ward Secretary" on the old 4-North which was a surgical floor. I also worked on 4-B which was a Post-Op mostly Orthopedic floor. I encountered Dr. Kelly many times in both places. I will always remember how kind, and gentle he was. I can still see him writing orders in the chart then looking up out of the top of his half reader glasses and smiling when I greeted him. He always took time to say hello no matter who you were or how busy he was. Wonderful man, Doctor and Orthopedic Surgeon. I ended up working in Surgery and for an Orthopedic Surgeon. All of you have a right to be very proud of who your dad was!
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April 2, 2018
I was saddened to learn of your father's passing. He certainly had a long and productive life. My sympathies to you and your family.
Ann Hart
Ann Hart
April 1, 2018
I miss you, Dad. C1
April 1, 2018
Bill and I are celebrating his long, rich legacy! Your family is so caring and your kids were so gracious to your parents! We are sorry for your loss but know it's heaven's gain...Love you forever!
Bill and Cindy Lash
April 1, 2018
Cindy/Greg and familiy(s)...Jeanne and I are in GA so won't be able to attend any of the services, unfortunately, for his final send off. We're well aware of how the last few years hove gone, so he is finally at peace. What a great American story from the Greatest Generation - truly a life well lived and one to emulate. Reading about his life points to his lasting legacy - you had great parents, Cindy.

Peace to you all.

Mark & Jeanne Rancone
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