Owen Aloysius Kelly III
Hummel Funeral Homes - Akron
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Owen Aloysius Kelly III, 60, of Bath, Ohio, passed on to a glorious life with Christ in Heaven on May 13, 2009.

He was born to Owen Aloysius Kelly Junior and Margaret Mary Gill on June 5, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio. Owen graduated from Rocky River High School and attended Ohio State University.

Owen was the oldest of six children and 32 grandchildren. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Kelly Woodruff and Emily Marie Kelly; his son-in-law, Gregory C. Woodruff; and his two grandchildren, Joseph Job Woodruff and Abigail Elizabeth Woodruff. Also surviving him are his sisters, Karen, Sheila, Maurita, Mary Pat, his brother, Brendan, and his brothers-in-law, Pat and Gary. His mother and father-in-law, Charlotte and David Pfitzenmaier survive him, as well as his high school sweetheart, Linda Lighton Kelly.

He served his country in the United States Army and just last year installed a 40' flagpole in his front yard. He was very proud to be an American.

Owen was a very successful salesman, earning the honor of youngest Zone Manager in the United States by the age of 34, when he worked for SCM Corporation. He was hired as the Vice President of Sales at Alcon Tool Company of Akron, Ohio in 1985 and went on to purchase a share in the partnership. He served as President of Alcon until the end of his career. He was a member of the Machine Knife Association and served as President in 1991-1992, and from 2003-2006.

In his early days, he was a caddy. He was a fantastic golfer. He won the Club Championship at Fairlawn Country Club in 1988, following in his mother's footsteps, and was President there from 1990-1991, where he and his good friend, Ed Howard, undertook a tremendous remodeling project. Owen was an "idea man" and would have made a terrific architect.

He was very involved with Northeast Ohio Golf Charities/NEC Invitational and served as the Vice President and on the Board of Trustees. He was a member of Firestone Country Club. He was very involved with many other charities including the Boy Scouts of America, The Interval Brotherhood Home, and The Chapel in Akron.

He believed heavily in giving back to his community.

He always "fought the good fight." He was awarded the citizen of the Year award from the Summit County Sheriff's Office in 2007 and graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy in 2008.

He very much enjoyed the time that he spent in Southern California and his very favorite place in the world was Sharon Golf Club.

He never met a stranger. He was a friend to ALL, and loved by many.

He worked hard and was very determined and focused, but he never took himself too seriously. He had us all in stitches right up until his dying day.

He loved to watch the Browns on Sunday and his cars were meticulously maintained, as was his life. He described himself as "organized to the max, but full of love."

His favorite Bible verse was, "God is love" (1 John 4:8). He lived his life to make Him known. And we rejoice in knowing that we will see him again someday in paradise.

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2009, at The Chapel, 135 Fir Hill, Akron. Pastor Marc Wolff officiating. Family will receive friends TODAY, May 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Hummel Funeral Home, 500 E. Exchange St., Akron. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northern Ohio Golf Charities, 440 E. Warner Rd., Akron, OH 44319.

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Published by Akron Beacon Journal from May 15 to May 17, 2009.
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I just found out. Owen was one of my favorite customers at Hollywood Video. He always had the most wonderful stories. He was such a wonderful man. You are in our prayers.
Dawn Smith
May 30, 2009
Owen was the consumate gentleman. He had a strong belief in community service, which was admirable. He will be missed dearly. My prayers are with his family and friends.
Mike Falb
May 24, 2009
M, Lisa and Family,
Words just cant explain how we felt about Owen. What a great caring person. And we are so proud of the strenth you showed during all of this........WOW. We love you!
David and Karen Morrison
David Morrison
May 20, 2009
Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss of Owen. We share your fond memories and grief.
Lowell & Adrienne Schmidt
May 20, 2009
Dearest Lisa, Emily and Family,
The world has lost a very gentle and loving man. I never saw him anywhere that there wasn't a huge smile and a warm hug to greet me. My heart aches for you loss. May God forever hold him in the palm of His hand until you meet again...what a sweet man!
Love, Sue
Sue Schobert
May 18, 2009
your husband and father was a great guy - I got to know him when my & I lived about Tom Parsons @ Lennox Village. He always took an interest in my infant son (now six) and my family whenever I saw him. Both my wife and I are very sorry for your loss and extend our thoughts and prayers to you all.
Wesley Perry
May 18, 2009
Dearest Karen & family, Kenny and I wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family in the loss of Owen. He was a wonderful man who lived life to the max....setting examples for his daughters. You are all so fortunate to be close with each other in this time of sorrow. Give strength and love to each other. He is at peace now in your mother's arms. Much love, Kathy Tarka & Kenny Standley
May 18, 2009
Dear Emily and Lisa,
My children and I understand your deep sorrow with the untimely loss of your father. You have been blessed with a loving,caring, and generous parent. Our sincere condolences go your family.
Barbara Webb
Barbara Webb
May 17, 2009
Lisa, Emily, and Linda - Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have some fond memories of Owen at the neighorhood picnics and Christmas parties. We would also see him driving to work when we did our morning walk.

Betty and Fred Merryweather - Westridge Road
May 16, 2009
Be it resolved that by the death of this brave soldier, Owen A Kelly, our Post loses a faithful member, the community a good citizen and the family their treasured member. We sympathize with those that mourn his loss & pledge ourselves anew to remember and befriend those whom he strived to love, protect and support during the years that were allotted to him.
American Legion Post 19, Laura Williams Dunlop/Adjutant
May 16, 2009
Owen was one of the kindest, most generous gentlemen I have ever had the honor of knowing. His always smiling face, even in the face of death will stay with me for the remainder of my days. My heart aches for your loss yet my soul rejoices for him.
May God keep you and all of Owen's friends in His shielding hands.
Michele Sandridge
May 15, 2009
My thoughts, prayers and memories are with the family. So sorry for your loss.
Larry Painter
May 15, 2009
Greg and Jean Foust extend their deepest sympathy to Lisa, Emily and Linda and all of their extended families on the death of Owen. He is in our thoughts and prayers.
Jean foust
May 15, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories and your photos bring you comfort.
Tammy Schroer
May 15, 2009
Emily and Family,

My deepest sympathies go out to you during this difficult time. I love you so much...please let me know if there is anything you need. XOXOXOXO
Shannon O'Brien-Manning
May 15, 2009
Will Never Forget The Memories!
Ed Howard
May 15, 2009
My dearest Emily & Lisa - my heart goes out to you today. I will always have wonderful memories of your dad of when we shared so many occassions and times of our lives together over the years. From New Year Eve parties, summer cookouts, traveling together, and many many family celebrations - I was blessed to have been able to share them with you. I will never forget your dad and how he touched my life. He was so full of life and laughter and goodness - thank you for allowing me to share in a small part of his life. I will miss his laughter, hugs, and genuine heart. My love to all of you, Peggy
Peggy Schobert
May 15, 2009
I have wonderful memories of Owen--a good friend to my Dad and to my family over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
Katherine Howard
May 15, 2009
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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Edward Kelly
May 15, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family through this difficult time. May the sorrow give way to wonderful memories in the coming days.
Cindy B.
May 15, 2009
I never had the pleasure of meeting Owen in person. I have however heard the wonderful stories of the love he has shown his sister Karen. May the family find peace in knowing he is now safe in Angel's arms.
Annel Panigutti
May 15, 2009
Our lives are better for having known Owen...Devoted to his family, a superb friend to so many, and always a wonderful comfort with his optimism and joy. A gentle heart and generous soul.
Susan Clausen
May 15, 2009
A close friend of 30 years, memories of FCC, Sharon, Pinehurst & Naples will be with me forever.
Joe Myers
May 14, 2009