Obituary for William Kelly
TROY William Kelly, 90, of Brian Ct. died Monday October 9, 2017 at VanRensselaer Manor. Born in Tory he was the son of the late James A. and Mary Elsie McArthur Kelly.
A bus driver Bill was retired form Star and Strand Co. in Troy. Prior to that he drove for the Brittonkill School District and was a tractor trailer driver for Cumberland Transport, St. Regis Transport of Scotia and the Freihofer Baking Co. in Albany.
He was a veteran of the US Navy having served in both World War II and Korea. He received the WW II Nat'l Defense, American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, WW II Victory Medal; Korean Service Medal, Occupation Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Korea Nat'l Defense US Naval Reserve, Rep. of South Korea, Presidential Unit Citation, UN Medal. Was Equipment Operations Supervisor, Equipment Training Supervisor in the 21st Regiment, WW II Navy Seaman, Korea-Seabee CHB2 Cargo Handling Battalion 2 - Equipment Operator. Served on USS Propus-AK-132, USS ABSD-2 Advanced Base Section Dock, USS Selikof AVP-52. Served in Korea, Japan, New Caldonia Island, New Hebrides Island, Eniwetok Island, Gilbert Islands, Marshal Islands, Admiralty Island, Guam, Saipan, Tinian Island, Rota Island, Iwo Jima. Stateside: RMCB 19 21st Naval Construction Regiment - Seabees - EOC Equipment Operator Chief.
He was the husband of the late Dorothy Huskie Kelly who died in 2013. He is the father of Kathy Gervais (Edward) of Stillwater, Leanne Brown (Marc) of Bear, DE and the late Scott Kelly. He is brother of Joan Greeley of Rensselaer, Charles Kelly of Albany and Robert Kelly of Texas. He is the proud grandfather of Kayla Gervais, Jakob and Tara Brown and step grandfather of Daniel Gervais (Meaghan) and Kellie VanBergen (T’Quomas). Two great grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 8 a.m. from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte.32), Waterford. Interment with Military Honors will be at 9 am at Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5-7 pm.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.