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Ronald J. Kelly, age 73, of East Ave., Greenville, passed away unexpectedly Monday evening 1-1-18 in the ER of UPMC Horizon Greenville. He was born in Greenville on November 20, 1944 to Charles C. and Gladys E. (Burns) Kelly. He was a 1963 graduate of Greenville Senior High School and had served his country in the U.S. Army from 1967-1968 with the 176 Assault Helicopter Company during the Vietnam Conflict. As a Trained Machinist, Ron was employed for thirty-seven years in the Fabrication Department of the former Greenville Steel Car and after its closing, he had worked a few years at Penn-Tech. He was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of B.P.O.E. #145, Greenville, where he had also served as a loyal pin setter on Friday mornings for the Gateway Students. Ron was also a life member of Greenville VFW Post #3374 and was of the Protestant Faith. His other interests included, listening to music and playing the guitar and most importantly, spending time with his grandchildren. On September 22, 1995, he married Darlene A. (Lewis) Thompson, she survives at home. Also surviving are a daughter, Rhonda K. Thomas and her husband Ross of Cambridge Springs; three step-children, Bryan Thompson and his wife Holly of Slippery Rock, Christopher Thompson and his wife Patty of Greenville and Heather Thompson-Murphy of San Diego, CA, a sister; Carol Kelly of Greenville, a brother; George Kelly of Mercer, eight grandchildren; Winslow Thomas, Maggie Thomas, Sadie Thomas, Jonathan Thompson, Alex Thompson, Kayla Cook, Kaitlin Johnston and Chayse Thompson and one great-grandchild; Peyton Johnston. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Janice Fabus and Dorothy Clark and a brother, Charles Kelly.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday 1-5-18 in Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. 366-368 S. Main St. Greenville, with Rev. David A. Dobi, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, officiating. Greenville VFW Post #3374 will render military honors at the conclusion of the service. Family and friends may call the funeral home on Thursday 1-4-18 from 4:00-7:00 PM. B.P.O.E. #145 will conduct an Elks Remembrance Service on Thursday at 7:00 PM in the Funeral Home. Inurnment will be private in Shenango Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Ron's memory to the charity of the donors choice. Visitors may sign the online guest book and view a Video Tribute at www.loutzenhiserfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 3, 2018
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