The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

August 14, 2013

Lynn Kelley


Star Beacon

CAMDEN, S.C. — Lynn Seeley Kelley, of Camden, S.C., entered into eternal life peacefully on Friday, August 9, 2013, after living at Ashton Place in McLeansville, N.C., during several months of declining health. He was 92 years old.

Mr. Kelley was born on Dec. 18, 1920, in Ashtabula, Ohio and remained a loyal Buckeye his entire life. He was the son of Lynn M. and Isabella Seeley Kelley of Ashtabula and later Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from Ashtabula High School in 1938, he received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1942 where he was also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

On Aug. 5, 1944, Mr. Kelley married June Louise Brown of Bremen, Ohio and they raised three children in a loving, Christian home. With his wife of 64 years, Mr. Kelley enjoyed a 36 year career with DuPont which encompassed assignments in Pryor, Okla., Arlington, N.J., Parkersburg, W.Va., Martinsville, Va.  and Camden, S.C., where the family has lived since 1957.

Mr. Kelley was a Veteran of World War II. He joined the U.S. Navy as an ensign and served as an officer aboard the USS SC “sub chaser” 1280 patrolling the east coast of the U.S. from Boston, Mass. to Cuba.

During his 56 years living in Camden, Mr. Kelley was an active member at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church where he served as Head Usher, offering steward, youth Sunday School teacher and member of the Activity Club. Along with his wife, he participated in numerous trips sponsored by the Activity Club. After retiring from DuPont in 1978, he and his wife enjoyed traveling to see their family across the U.S. Mr. Kelley loved to travel and relished planning the trips in detail. He coordinated annual family beach trips to the South Carolina coast for 48 years, never missing a summer. He often stated a highlight of his life was the month-long trip the family made to the West coast in 1963. He was also a member of the Camden Lions Club where he served in many capacities, including secretary and coordinator of sight and seeing services. Mr. Kelley was a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and cheerfully drove patients for treatment in the mid Carolinas area. Mr. Kelley had a love of sports, particularly supporting the Camden Bulldogs on Friday nights and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Mr. Kelley was a founding director of the Dixie Youth Baseball League and served as both coach and officer for many years.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Kelley was predeceased by his sisters, Margaret Kelley Millikin and Charlotte Kelley; as well as an infant brother, George.

He is survived by his grateful family, including his son, David Lynn Kelley (Marsha) of Springboro, Ohio; and daughters, Sara Lee Esary (Sid) of Griffin, Ga. and Lyndall June Cantrell (Jim) of Greensboro, N.C. An adoring grandfather, Mr. Kelley had eleven grandchildren and six great-grandsons. Grandchildren include David Esary and fiancée Alice Marshall of Athens, Ga., Stewart Esary (Allison) of Zebulon, Ga., Michael Lynn Esary (Annie) of Griffin, Ga., Jay Cantrell (Sara) of Alpharetta, Ga., Kelley Cantrell of Arlington, Va., Sarah Perkins (Ross) of Atlanta, Ga., Brett Kelley (Caroline) of Hilton Head, S.C., Robert Lynn Kelley of Hilton Head, S.C., Nicole Puzo (Warren) of Mableton, Ga., Erin Wright of Atlanta, Ga. and John Wright of Los Angeles, Calif. Young great-grandsons who survive Mr. Kelley are Seeley and Carter Esary of Zebulon, Ga., Fletcher Cantrell of Alpharetta, Ga., Camden Kelley of Hilton Head, S.C., Harrison Puzo of Mableton, Ga. and Jones Esary of Griffin, Ga. Mr. Kelley is also survived by nephews, Bert Millikin (Lesa), Lynn Millikin (Jackie), William Senhauser (Rebecca), Norman Senhauser and Thomas Brown; and nieces, Beth Ann Allison (Ron) and Marsha Brown Murphy.

He was blessed to have his sister-in-law, Helen Senhauser of Dellroy, Ohio as a forever friend.

Mr. Kelley’s family is being served by FORBIS AND DICK FUNERAL HOME in Greensboro, N.C. and MORGAN FUNERAL HOME in Bremen, Ohio.

A Graveside Service will be conducted in Bremen, Ohio on Friday, August 16th, with a family gathering at MORGAN FUNERAL HOME, 124 Fort St., Bremen, Ohio at 11 a.m., followed by burial in Grandview Cemetery, Bremen, Ohio.

A Memorial Service will be held at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton St. in Camden, S.C. on Sunday, August 18th at 3 p.m. Pastors Steve Patterson and David Weaver will officiate. The family will greet friends in the Family Life Center at the Church following the Service.

Memorial gifts may be made to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church or Camden Lions Club, P.O. Box 587, Camden, S.C. 29020.

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