The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Daily Item Obituaries

June 8, 2014

William J. Kelley, 93, Pacific Beach, Calif.

— PACIFIC BEACH, Calif. — William James Kelley, 93, formerly of Northumberland, Pa., died peacefully Friday, May 30, 2014, at home in Pacific Beach surrounded by his children.

His beloved wife, Virginia Frances Kelley, daughter of Tomaso and Mary (Bruno) Cellitti, had passed away 31 years earlier.

Mr. Kelley was born in 1921 in Leetonia, Pa., a son of Frank J. Kelley and Bertha Martha (Schwab) Kelley. He grew up in Northumberland, where he met and married Virginia in 1947.

Graduating from Northumberland High School in the midst of the Depression in 1938, Mr. Kelley never went without work. His jobs included brakeman on the Pennsylvania Railroad and clerk in the Pennsylvania Legislature. He retired as a financial executive from Merck & Co. in 1984.

Mr. Kelley was president of the Shikellamy School Board in 1965, past master of the Masons, Eureka Lodge No. 404, and served many posts in Northumberland’s Trinity Evangelical United Brethren Church.

Always a proud and patriotic American, on the day after Pearl Harbor, Mr. Kelley visited the recruiting office of every branch of the armed services to enlist, only to be rejected by each. Not one to be deterred, he traveled to Philadelphia and finagled his way into the Marine Corps.  

Through the V12 officer training program, Mr. Kelley attended the University of Redlands until being assigned to a regiment preparing for the invasion of Iwo Jima.  Mr. Kelley, a corporal and radio operator, led his squadron onto the beach in one of the first waves. Wounded twice, by mortar fire, and then, while being borne on a stretcher, shot through the neck, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Undergoing surgery on a hospital ship while attacked by kamikazes, he grittily recovered. He returned to Iwo Jima for the 50th anniversary of the battle.

He is survived by one daughter, Susan M. Kelley; two sons, William J. Kelley III and daughter-in-law, Pamela Kelley, and Brian D. Kelley; two grandsons, Devin and Gavin Sanders; and one great-granddaughter, Jayden Sanders.  

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. Laura Bollinger.  

He was buried on June 4 with full Marine Corps honors in Miramar National Cemetery.



 

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Funeral Arrangements
  • Friday, July 25, 2014

    BOWERSOX, CHAD D., 37, of Watsontown. Life celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Washingtonville Fire Hall, 19 Strawberry Ridge Road, Danville.

    DERCK, BEATRICE A., of Sunbury. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury, followed by a graveside service in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

    DINSMORE, ELEANORE F., 83, of Selinsgrove. Celebration of life at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sharon Lutheran Church, 120 S. Market St., Selinsgrove. V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, Selinsgrove.

    FAUSNAUGHT, JEAN H., 71, of Danville. Visitation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Visneski Funeral Homem Inc., 10 W. Mahoning St., Danville, followed by funeral at 11. Burial in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg.

    GANTT, WESLEY J. JR., 58, of Middleburg. Visitation from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg, followed by funeral at 2.

    HAMMAKER, JAMES L. JR., 86, of Richfield. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Brown’s United Methodist Church, 33401 Route 35 North, McAlisterville, followed by funeral at 11. Burial in Richfield Union Cemetery. George P. Garman Funeral Homes, Inc., Mount Pleasant Mills.

    HENRY, DORIS E., 76, of Mifflinburg. Memorial service at 7 p.m. today at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 404 Market St., Mifflinburg.

    MILLER, DONALD W., 77, of Hughesville. Visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. today at White Hall Baptist Church, 945 White Hall Road, Danville, followed by the funeral at 11. Brooks Funeral Home, Turbotville.

    NEWMAN, DAVID E., 56, of Middleburg. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sound at Sound of the Gospel Church, Park Road, Selinsgrove. Hummel Funeral Home, Middleburg.

    OBERDORF, KENNETH I., 87, of Riverside. Visitaiton from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Brady Funeral Home, 320 Church St., Danville, followed by funeral at 1.

    ROBBINS, RAYMOND D., 90, of Lewisburg. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Roupp Funeral Home, 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg, followed by funeral at 11. Burial in Mazeppa Union Cemetery.

    SCHOLL, GEORGE R., 63, of Middleburg. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Covenant Community Church, Middleburg, followed by funeral at 11. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Selinsgrove.

    SNOOK, HARRY I., 86, of Weikert. Graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hironimus Union Cemetery, Weikert. Roupp Funeral Home, Mifflinburg.

    STEIMLING, FREDERICK A., 53, of Cashtown. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Christ Chapel on the Gettysburg College campus, followed by funeral at 11. Burial in Flohrs Cemetery, McKnightstown. Monahan Funeral Home, Gettysburg.

    WEBB, KENNETH S., 98, of Milton. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by funeral at 10, at Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, 125 N. Front St., Milton. Burial in Twin Hills Memorial Park.

    WORTHINGTON, DORIS S., 84, of Selinsgrove. Visitation from 1:30 to 2 p.m. today at Chapel of Faith, Hope and Love, Selinsgrove Center, Selinsgrove, followed by funeral at 2. Burial in Salem Cemetery. V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, Selinsgrove.

     

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