Jerry K. Kelly, 66, of Le Mars, died Friday, July 22, 2005, following a massive stroke he suffered on Sunday, July 17.
Gerald Kenneth Kelly was born Dec. 13, 1938, in Le Mars, the son of Orrin M. and Frances H. (Hoffman) Kelly. He graduated from Gehlen Catholic High School in 1959. During his high school years, Jerry played basketball, was the quarterback for the football team and was a member of the homecoming court. Following his education, he enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard. He served with Company A, 2nd Battalion (Mech) of the 113 Infantry in Le Mars.
On Sept. 3, 1960, Jerry and Judith Lamoreux were united in marriage at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sioux City. The couple made their home in Le Mars. Jerry graduated from Police Academy in Des Moines in 1962. He would spend the next 16 years serving with the Le Mars Police Department. He retired from the department in 1978 and briefly served the towns of Merrill and Renwick. After his police work, Jerry helped his wife Judy operate Kelly's Daycare from their home and he also worked for Ruhland Nursery in Le Mars. He was presently employed with the City of Le Mars Parks Department.
Jerry was a member of Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion, Iowa Peace Officers and Iowa Fireman's Association, the Eagles Club, and had served with the Le Mars Fire Department. Jerry loved socializing and dancing. His favorite performers were Neil Diamond and The Platters. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and also had a passion for running.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Judy of Le Mars; a daughter Kathy Langel of Le Mars and her daughter Bobbie Sitzmann and her husband Joe of Omaha, Neb., and Jared and Megan Langel at home; a son, Michael Kelly and his wife, Melissa and their children, Tayler and Spencer of Orange City, a son, Jeff Kelly and his wife, Amy and their children Jessica, Andrea and Jayme of Le Mars, a daughter Lauri McShane and her husband, Brian and their children, Ian and Lea Athens and Katelyn and Payton McShane of Charleston, S.C., a daughter, Jeni Beitelspacher and her husband, Scott and their daughter Sophie of Le Mars, and a daughter Jill VanVoorst and her husband, Travis of Le Mars; a brother, Pat Kelly and a sister Katie Kelly both of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Thomas; and a son-in-law Jami Langel.
A time of visitation and sharing of memories will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Mauer -- Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. A family service will follow at a later date.