David Archie Kelly, son of Joseph and Edith Livingston Kelly, of Emmetsburg, Iowa, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Oct. 12, 2013, at the age of 84 at his home in Naples, Fla. David was born May 18, 1929, thirty minutes after his twin Donald William.
David graduated from Emmetsburg Catholic High School in Emmetsburg in 1949 and served in the Army. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War as an Army cook.
David will be remembered for his love of roller skating, golfing, dancing and cooking on the grill.
He loved his family--brothers, sisters, son, daughter, five grandsons, many nieces, nephews, in-laws and his wife of over fifty years, Nadine.
David worked many years in the meat industry in Iowa as meat market manager, in sales and process foreman in meat production. He owned and ran Kelly’s Place, his Irish community bar and the movie theater in Corydon. He sold gas grills and propane in Florida.
David assisted in starting Jaycees in Ida Grove and Sibley. In Corydon he chaired the building committee for Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, started the Old Settlers omelet breakfast and ran the Little League food stand for the Legion baseball program as well as introducing the St. Patrick’s celebration. Kelly’s Place was the ‘place to be’ on St. Pat’s with free ham and cabbage, green beer, Irish music and a fun time!
He got the Naples Walking Club to participate in the annual St. Pat’s Parade in Naples and prepared the corned beef brisket for the dinner following the parade for a number of years.
He ushered and helped count offering at church and always enjoyed hugs from the ladies from church, walking club and friends.
His parents; brothers, John, Patrick, James, Donald and Raymond and sisters, Catherine and Marie, preceded him in death.
David will be sorely missed by his family; wife, Nadine of Naples; daughter, Kathy (Todd) Bramley and grandsons, Alec, Shane and Conor of Albuquerque, N.M.; son, Michael (Sylvia) Kelly and grandsons, Xavier and D. J. of Fort Myers, Fla.; brother, Joe of California; sisters, Kelly from New Mexico, Jean from Iowa and Jane from Illinois plus a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held Oct. 22 at the Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church in Naples.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Lutheran Social Service in Iowa, 3116 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311.