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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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    BROUSE, DAVID O., 82, of New Columbia. Visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, followed by funeral at 10:30. Burial in East Side Cemetery, Mifflinburg.

    DIEP, GIUNG XUAN, 80, of Lewisburg. Visitation from 9:30 to 10 a.m. today at Beaver Memorial United Methodist Church, 42 S. Third St., Lewisburg, followed by a memorial service at 10. Roupp Funeral Home, Mifflinburg.

    GLACE, GEORGE T., 88, of Mount Pleasant Mills. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday with Masonic service at 8:30 at George P. Garman Funeral Homes, Inc., 9366 Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills, and from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Thomas Independent Church, St. Thomas Road, Mount Pleasant Mills, followed by funeral at 3. Burial in St. Thomas Cemetery.

    HEIMBACH, DAVID C., 66, of Mifflinburg. Visitation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg, followed by a graveside service at noon in Forest Hill Cemetery.

    HOOVER, ELIAS M., 57, of Selinsgrove. Visitation from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Shade Mountain Mennonite Church, 134 Center Road, Mount Pleasant Mills, followed by the funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial in Union Township Old Order Mennonite Cemetery, Port Trevorton.

    JASPER, CHARLES P. III, 72, of Titusville, Fla. Celebration of life at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shamokin Dam Alliance Church, 102 Alliance Way, Selinsgrove, Pa.

    KLINE, THOMAS E. SR., 86, of Beaver Springs. Visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ Church, Beaver Springs, followed by the funeral at 10. Burial in Adamsburg Cemetery. Pheasant Funeral Home, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown.

    LIBBY, ARLEA G., 91, of Sunbury. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. today at David T. Zweier Funeral Home, 157 Chestnut St., Sunbury, followed by a celebration of life at 11. Burial in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

    MOORE, RONALD D., 72, of Millmont. Visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, followed by a memorial service at 2.

    MOYER, JASON J., 43, of Williamsport. Visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Scottish Rite Acacia Club, 348 N. Market St., Williamsport, followed by a life celebration at 6. James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Williamsport.

    MULL, HELEN R., 77, of Sunbury. Visitation from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Monday at David T. Zweier Funeral Home, Inc., 157 Chestnut St., Sunbury, followed by funeral at noon. Burial in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

    ROHRBACH, WILLIAM, 82, of Danville. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Trinity United Methodist Church, 306 Lombard Ave., Danville, followed by funeral at 11. Brady Funeral Home, Danville.

    SHINGARA, MATTHEW L. SR., 53, of Trevorton. Visitation from 10 a.m. to noon today at Augustaville Wesleyan Church, Route 890, Paxinos.

    STAUFFER, TIMOTHY S., 78, of Selinsgrove. Funeral service at 11 a.m. today at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road, Selinsgrove. Burial in Orchard Hills Cemetery, Shamokin Dam. V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, Selinsgrove.

    VANKIRK, THEODORE, 93, of Atlanta, Ga. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King St., Northumberland. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 300 Queen St., Northumberland.

    WIRTH, BETTY J., 94, of Lewisburg. Visitation from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, 801 Market St., Lewisburg, followed by funeral at 10:30. Burial in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

    WITMER, RAYMOND H., 87, of Swengel. Visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg, followed by funeral at 2. Burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Kratzerville.

     

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