Rev. Harold Ray
Rev. Harold Ray "Hal" Kelly, 94, of Meadville, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2019 with his wife of 70 years, Peggy, by his side.

Hal was born October 6, 1924 in Jamestown, NY to Ray Kelly and Pearl Wells Kelly. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Anne Nerger and two brothers, Paul Kelly and Joe Kelly. He was the father of Kathryn Kelly Hibler (John), Zanesville, OH, Gregory Kelly (Elizabeth), Fort Meyers, FL, Pamela Kelly Leuenberger (James), White Oak, PA, and Timothy Kelly, N. Tonawanda, NY. Hal was also the proud grandfather of Leah Beegan Ozdemir (Umit), Juliana Beegan, Jamie Kelly Kirtley (Steve), Alyson Kelly Dabiri (Jared), Jessica Kelly McKnight (Tim) Andrew Leuenberger (Rachael), Josiah Leuenberger (Brittany), Samuel Leuenberger and Grace Leuenberger as well as having 11 great-grandchildren.

As a Navy Hospital Corpsman, Hal served with the US Marines in the Pacific and China at the end of WWII. He was a 1950 graduate of Grove City College, where he was a stand-out center and linebacker on the football team and met the love of his life, Peggy Jean Samson. They were wed on June 11, 1949. Hal graduated from Drew Theological Seminary in 1953 and was ordained into the United Methodist Church at Stone United Methodist Church in 1953. He and Peggy were commissioned as missionaries at that time. They served in Brazil from 1953-1958. He then served as a pastor at South Harborcreek UMC, Trinity UMC in Erie, First UMC Titusville, Franklin District Superintendent, First UMC Warren and Asbury UMC in Erie until retiring in 1987. Upon retirement the Kellys lived in Mayville, NY in the home that Hal built for them over the years. He loved Chautauqua Lake, fishing, gardening, woodworking, watching football and traveling. In 2007 the Kellys moved to Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community. He led a life of sacrifice and service, touching and influencing the lives of many people in the churches he served and in the communities where he lived.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, September 17th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, Inc., 581 Chestnut Street, Meadville.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, September 18th at 11 a.m. at Stone United Methodist Church, 956 S. Main Street, Meadville with Rev. Sarah Roncolato, Pastor and Rev. Dennis Swineford, District Superintendent of the Erie-Meadville District of the United Methodist Church, officiating.

Interment with military honors will be in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery, Erie, PA.

The family suggests memorials be given to Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.org) or to the Wesbury Foundation's Benevolent Care Fund, 31 North Park Ave., Meadville, PA 16335.
Published on September 14, 2019

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wennemar h witholt (aka henry)
Sep 20, 2019
so glad i was able to see hal and peggy in june this year.
i wish you all the strength to bear this loss.
my thoughts are with you.
greetings and love
Alan S. Kline
Sep 16, 2019
I had spoken to my Mother last night who is also at Westbury and she told me about the passing of your husband and father of you four Kelly's. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. I remember when the Kelly's arrive in Titusville with their VW "bug". Lime green as I recall, if not close enough. Was there a yellow one too? It might of been the first one in T-ville. Been in invited to the lake house at Chautauqua. Just good times to reflect with our families and what your Dad and Rev. Kelly did for the good of our church and community in Titusville. I'm thankful to say that he was there for my Dad's Funeral 5 years ago. Our thoughts and prayers and all God's blessing... be with all of you. Love, Nancy & Alan KlineRead more
Vickie Pavlik
Sep 16, 2019
Blooming Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Rev. Harold Ray "Hal" Kelly by Vickie Pavlik.  Send flowers
Mark & Pam Muehlman
Sep 15, 2019
May God's peace & promises bring you comfort & strength during this time of grieving. Our prayers are with you.
Sep 15, 2019
Rainbow Reflections Basket was purchased for the family of Rev. Harold Ray "Hal" Kelly.  Send flowers
Barb Hoitink
Sep 15, 2019
Peggy our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was such an inspiration to so many persons. He will be missed, enjoyed him for the years he was in Mayville.
Sep 15, 2019
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Jan Emblidge
Sep 15, 2019
I knew Hal to be a gentleman and a soft-spoken saint. It was a joy to be in his presence.He was a blessing to this community.