|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1927|
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 2009|
Eugene G. Kelly
Gene passed away peacefully at the Siena Care Home in Auburn, California on December 4, 2009, following a year long battle with cancer, He was 82 years old and had recently celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary.
He proudly enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and was assigned to the destroyer USS Boyd DD544 in the Aleutian Islands. In December 1947 he received his first Honorable Discharge and joined the Naval Reserves. In November 1950, he again served his country during the Korean Crisis and received his second Honorable Discharge in December 1952. In 1949, Gene married Lorraine Thiessen of Elkhorn, Nebraska and they had two children, David Kelly of Brookings, OR and Dee Ann Sutrov of Auburn, CA.
Working as a professional driver most of his life, he always made time for hunting and fishing. As an avid sportsman, he enjoyed camping, horse back riding, gold mining and spending time with his family and friends. He will always be remembered for his humor and storytelling.
After retiring and raising his family in the Sierra Foothills, he and his wife moved to Brookings, Oregon for 8 years. He enjoyed the ocean and it's vast fishing opportunities, but also the friendships that were established. due to his cancer diagnosis in December of 2008, he and his wife moved back to Auburn, CA.
He is a sustaining member of the NRA, VFW, Solano Horseman's Assn., Western Greyhound Union #1225 and greyhound Retirees Club.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Kelly; son David Kelly of Brookings, OR.; daughter Dee Ann Sutrov of Auburn, CA.; sister Karen Warrick and husband Donnie of Omaha, NE.; and brother Michael Kelly and wife Gayle of Lincoln, NE. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Gary Mills Jr. of Auburn, CA; and Julie Lopez and husband Charles of Marysville, CA., and five great grandchildren. Gene is preceded in death by his father Garold S. Kelly; mother Vada Ackerman-Kelly and step mother Orpha Kelly; sister Sharen Ray Kelly; brothers Richard Kelly and Robert Kelly.
He will be missed by all his family and friends. He requested no funeral services be held and to be cremated with his ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean.
A poem follows that has been written by Lorraine:
God saw that gene was getting tired; And a cure was not to be...
So He put His arm around Gene and whispered, "Come along with me," with tearful eyes I watched Gene suffer, and saw him fade away...A golden heart stopped beating, a determined Spirit was at rest. Gene's generosity, friendliness and honesty proved to God that he had passed the test, And so, God took another "best."
You will always be loved and missed Dear Husband, Dad, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Friend.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on December 9, 2009
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Created by: Glenda Ragan
Record added: Dec 09, 2009
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