OBITUARY: Edwin A. Kelley Feb. 7, 1934–Jan. 15, 2013

EDWIN A. KELLEY Feb. 7, 1934 Jan. 15, 2013

Edwin A. Kelley, 78, a resident of White Rock passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, which would have been his 25th anniversary to his beloved wife, Billie.

Ed was born in Washington, Pa., to John B. Kelley Sr. and Ruth A. Kelley on Feb. 7, 1934. He graduated from Trinity High School in Washington, Pa., in 1951.

He was a machinist all his life as many of the Kelley families were, and was known for being “one of the best.” He moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1967 to work for Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, in the main Shops.

In 1976 until 1981 he operated and owned Kelley’s Hilltop Gulf Station in Los Alamos. After that, he worked on various other projects within Los Alamos National Labratory and the community as a master machinist.

Ed loved going to Lake Erie with his family in the summers, playing pool with his buddies, camping, boating, hunting, fishing, almost anything outdoors, racing motorcycles, and going on hill climbs.

He also liked working on and reselling cars, and oh how he loved to dance … and many times won those great dance contests, playing a very competitive game of horseshoes and always joked about having a prayer with the Lord (Calvert.)

Ed loved his animals and was especially fond of “his dog” Buttons who passed away several years ago and “Billie’s dog” Mitzi who is a very lonely little dog now.

He was a loving father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and son and loved all the children, especially all the babies. He was preceded in death by his father, John B. Kelley Sr.; mother, Ruth A. Kelley Toland; sister, Margaret E. Humphreys; first wife, Shirley A. Kelley; second wife, Billie F. Kelley. He is survived by his seven children: Richard E. Kelley (Shari) of Los Alamos, Cynthia (Cindy) J. Kelley of Los Alamos, Edwin A. Kelley Jr. (Brenda) of Los Alamos, Janet S. Caldwell (Jack) of Lamy, New Mexico, Mary Lou Holmes (David) of Los Alamos, Debbie L. Evans (Ed) of San Antonio, Texas, John P. Kelley of Los Alamos; seven stepchildren: Shirley A. Jarrell (Hal) of Houston, Texas, Debbie F. Wright of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Carolyn J. Blossom of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Billie R. Clark (Chris) of Tijeras, New Mexico, Barbara L. Sanchez (David) of Española, New Mexico, Orbry L. Wright (Kathleen) of Los Alamos, Katherine L. Brophy (Dan) of Española, New Mexico; brother, John B. Kelley (Sandra) of Beaver, Pa., sister, Joan R. Reese of Washington, Pa. Ed was also blessed with and is survived by 28 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; numerous other loving relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory. A reception will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the VFW in Los Alamos. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to your favorite Animal Shelter in Ed’s name.

The family of Edwin A. Kelley have entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.

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