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  • Written Dec 16, 2010 7:38pm

    David E. Kelly, of Sun City Center, FL died peacefully December 13, 2010 under the care of Lifepath Hospice and surrounded by loved ones.

    Dave was born in Cedar Rapids, IA, the only son of Paul and Marion Kelly.  He graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, Maryland and received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

    Dave was retired from a 34 year career at 3M Company having worked in Cottage Grove and St. Paul, MN as well as Prairie du Chien, WI.

    Dave is dearly loved by his family and friends who will miss his spirited sense of humor and true appreciation of everyone he met.  His very full retirement life included the love of good food, good company, gardening, golf, tennis, hunting and fishing.  Through his volunteer work in the Southeastern Guide Dog program, Dave showed incredible love and dedication for the past 15 years, especially in his passion for puppy raising. In recent years Dave was an active Hospice volunteer and therapy dog handler. Dave was also an active participant and leader in the Beginning Experience program, supporting widowed, divorced and separated people.

    He leaves his beloved Kathy Gauthier; his  four children: Sean Kelly and wife Janie of Climax, Michigan; David S. Kelly of Denver, Colorado; Brenda Rudan and husband Michael of Ithaca, New York; and Bryan Kelly and wife Angelica of Phoenix, Arizona; nine grandchildren: Ryan, Tara, Sean Patrick, Megan, James, William, Christopher, Paul and Tabatha and three great-grandchildren. He also leaves sisters Carolyn Harding, Nora DeJohn, Nancy Perelman and Kathy Kelly.

    Funeral services will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center, Fl at 11am on Friday, January 7, 2011.  The family will receive friends on Thursday January 6, 2011 from 4pm to 7pm at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Conesa Parish Center.

    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Lifepath Hospice or Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center.

    Condolences and memories may be shared at:

     

    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/davidekelly

     

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    http://www.zipperersfuneralhome.com/index.cfm

  • Written Dec 13, 2010 9:32pm

    Dear Friends and Family,

     This is to let everyone know that sadly, Dave passed away peacefully this afternoon under the care of Lifepath Hospice and his family.

    Our appreciation for all the love and support we have received throughout this trying time is immeasurable.

     A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Details will follow.
    Kathy

  • Written Dec 11, 2010 3:09pm

    Thanks to all of you who continue to send thoughts and prayers. Dave enjoyed a family filled Thanksgiving even though he didn’t feel much like feasting. I think he especially enjoyed seeing his grandchildren. Many birthday wishes arrived and several friends have visited this week.

    He grows weaker each day and it is difficult for him to speak. He often manages a whisper and sometimes shows us his sense of humor is miraculously in tact. He still smiles at the touch or mention of any of his present and former puppies. The hospice continuous care team is assisting us making my life much easier. Sean has arrived to lend even more support.

    We are just taking one day at a time and are very grateful for each and everyone of his friends and family that continue to be incredibly supportive.

     

    Kathy

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