Kelly was raised in Wellsville, and was a 1979 graduate of Wellsville High School. He enlisted with the United States Air Force and served from 1980 – 1982. Upon his honorable discharge he worked as a carpenter in Virginia, and then a CNA in Jamestown for Lutheran Social Services. Later, he was employed as a Limousine Driver. After a stint in maintenance at Friendship Diary, he continued his professional driving by acquiring his CDL and driving for ACES and later Resource Transportation in Towanda, PA. Outside of his employment, he enjoyed having a good time with his friends, wood working (especially bird feeders and benches), often selling or giving away what he would make, like Adirondack Chairs. He spent much of his time in his shop, either working on wood or his cars; he liked fast cars, including his Porsche. He also enjoyed cooking, particularly Prime Rib around Christmas time. He had a soft spot for animals, and was especially close to Scooter.
In addition to his wife of 34 years, Mary, he is survived by: two sons, Terrence (Stacy) Monroe of Andover, and Matthew (Jamie) Monroe of Wellsville; three grandchildren, Aubree, Makaila, and Ryan Monroe; two sisters, Cheryl (Roger) Carlin of Tennessee, and Mindy (Dan) Peters of Wellsville; siblings-in-law, Glenn and Roger Mallory, and Peggy Stallworth; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 12 noon – 1 pm to the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, with funeral following at 1PM with Reverend Dr. Eric Ash Sr. presiding. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery with full military honors. Please consider memorial donations to the First Trinity Lutheran Church of Wellsville, 470 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, or to a charity of your choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.