A photo of Jack J. Kelly, Sr.

Jack J. Kelly, Sr.

January 29, 1934 - October 19, 2018


Jack J. Kelly, Sr., age 84, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 19, 2018.

Born in Wilmington, DE on January 29, 1934, he was a son of the late Emmett and Mary (Zeecraft) Kelly. Jack proudly served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War and was a recipient of a Purple Heart. He dedicated his career in maintenance for American Hurst.

An avid outdoorsman, Jack enjoyed walking, fishing and feeding birds. He loved bowling, horse racing and cheering on his beloved Philadelphia teams. Jack’s greatest memories were spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marie (Ernest) Kelly; daughter, Ruth Ann; son, Carl Kelly; sisters, Kathleen Kelly and Janice Dominick; and brother, Emmett Kelly, Jr. Jack is survived by his children, Jack Kelly, Jr., Mike Curlett, Florence Powell, Paul Kelly, Charles Kelly and Dawn Crawford; brother, Colin Kelly; as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11:30 am on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11:30 am. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

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  • Uncle. Jack will be missed so much. He had the Kelly laugh. We he or my Mom laughed, everyone who heard joined in. I know all of you kids and grandchildren are sad. Just remember the love he gave to all of you
    He is in heaven now with so many others in the family. I can see all of them, sitting around a kitchen table, they would be up all night playing cards. Talking and laughing
    RIP Uncle Jack. Love you

  • I am so very sorry for the loss of your Dad and. Granddad. Everyone who knew. Uncle Jack loved him. I always loved the way he and my Mom laughed. It was so infectious!
    RIP Uncle Jack. Love you
    Kathy