In Remembrance of Robert Daniel Kelly, Jr.
Robert Daniel Kelly, Jr.Scott Township, PA December 4, 1949 ~ December 24, 2014 Date of Service: January 3, 2015
Robert Daniel Kelly Jr., 65, died suddenly on Dec. 24, 2014, in Scott Twp., Pa.
He was born on Dec. 4, 1949, in Ambler, Pa., to Dorothy Lee Kelly and the late Robert Daniel Kelly Sr. Bob graduated from Wissahickon Senior High School, and went on to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha on a wrestling scholarship until he was drafted into the U.S. Army, later being stationed in Korea. When Bob returned to the states, he graduated from Heavy Equipment School in Factoryville. He worked construction for PennDOT, helping to pave Interstate 380, until he began his 34-year career with UPS. Bob achieved numerous safe driver awards and an award for never incurring an injury.
He was a deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church, a member of the Men's Choir, a trustee, an assistant treasurer of the Benevolence Fund and a church van driver. He also cooked breakfast for the Sunday school children and the annual fish fry.
Bob served two years as Worshipful Master of Oriental Lodge 80, and also served as a junior and senior warden. He was honored for his masonry work with many awards.
He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Lee Kelly; sons, Ian Williams and Lacottis Dwann McCloe; a granddaughter, Shayla Williams; two sisters, Carolyn Kelly Ward and M. Renee Kelly Billops and brother-in-law, Reginald A. Ward; paternal aunt, Luada Kelly Dickerson; paternal uncle, Edward Kelly; fiancée, Linda Stahl Bailleau; godchild, Jennifer Ashlee Ward-Trupp; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert D. Kelly III; his grandmother, Lula V. Lee; brother-in-law, Larry A. Billops; and niece, Laryn Alyssa Billops.
Bob, who liked to be called "Kelly," was a mild-mannered, easy going guy with a kind heart. He would willingly help anyone in need. Kelly was an avid Corvette lover, and was proud of his 1989 classic, as well as his full grown beard when he retired. One of his favorite vacation spots was Siesta Key, Fla. Kelly's infectious laugh left a lasting impression with everyone he met, and he will be greatly missed.
The funeral will be Saturday at noon in Shiloh Baptist Church, William Street and Wayne Avenue, North Scranton, with services by the Rev. Dr. Cornelius Williams. Friends and family may call Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 1926 Wayne Ave., Scranton, PA 18508.