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My Dad



Here's the official version:
Archie Wilber Kelly, 89, formerly of Walla Walla died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on November 17, 2003, following a brief illness.

The memorial service will be Friday, November 28, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church, 8401-112th St. E., Puyallup, with Gary Mathiesen officiating. Private burial will be in Montana.

Memorials may be made to the Washington State Talking Book and Braille Library.

Mr. Kelly was born February 23, 1914 in Dixie, Washington to Archie and Ethel Warren Kelly. He graduated from Dixie High School in 1932.

On May 18, 1935, he married Jeanne French in Ellensburg. They lived many years in Sumner, Washington and in Illinois from 1955 until moving to Walla Walla in 1977. Mr. Kelly has lived in Puyallup since April 2003.

During World War II, Mr. Kelly worked in the Tacoma shipyards. He was a superintendent in the railroad car business for many years, working for Chicago Freight Car, and Thrall Car until his retirement
in 1977. After moving to Walla Walla, Mr. Kelly resisted retirement and worked at Boise-Cascade in Wallula, Washington. After he retired for a second time,he delivered the Spokesman Review for several years.

Mr. Kelly, whose family was the most important thing in his life, was a loving husband, and a much loved father and grandfather. He enjoyed being a handyman, gardening, tending his roses and telling stories.

Survivors include three daughters, Cindy Sexton (Stan) of Puyallup, Margaret Kelly of Seattle and Audrey Peer of Phoenix, a son, Joseph Kelly (Arlene) of Puyallup, 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne, earlier this year, two sisters and two brothers.


But that doesn't begin to tell what a wonderful, kind, gentle workaholic, caring father my dad was. It doesn't tell how he almost always was whistling, that he loved feeding birds, even the ugly ones that other people didn't care about, or that he talked to the tomatoes to get them to grow faster.

But I guess it's a start.

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srallen
Nov. 19th, 2003 04:08 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
artemii
Nov. 19th, 2003 07:24 pm (UTC)
i think it's a lot harder for obits to explain the quality of a life, than the quantity of it. to me it sounds like an excellent piece of writing, one i bet he would be proud of.

you and your folks have been and will continue to be in my thoughts. please, email me if there's anything i can do or if you just want to vent.
coyotegirl
Nov. 20th, 2003 04:22 pm (UTC)
it's a start.

And people can tell what kind of a man he was by the quality of child he raised. you're quite a testament to him, Meg.
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