CUMBERLAND — Mr. John Delbert Kelly, 93, of Cumberland, passed away on Aug. 2, 2013.
Born March 18, 1920 in Frostburg, he was the son of John Lee Kelly and Helen Zeller Kelly. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Audrey Dougherty Kelly; three sisters, Helen Lee Natolly, Christina Fraley and Louise Chaney; two brothers, Bernard Kelly and Francis Kelly. Delbert was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Mr. Kelly was a veteran of World War II and Korea. He was inducted into the Army on May 6, 1942 and graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1943. He served as a company officer with the 616th Ord. BN in the European Theatre. He left active duty in July 1946 as a Company Commander with the rank of Captain. In June 1951, he was recalled from the active reserve to serve 16 months during the Korean war. In Korea, he served as BN. Staff Officer with the 32nd Ord. BN. Upon the completion of his Korean tour, he joined the Honorary Reserves.
Mr. Kelly was retired from the Board of Education of Allegany County. He served as a member of the Beall High Faculty for nearly 20 years, initially as a math teacher and subsequently a Guidance Counselor and Vice Principal. For 10 years, prior to retiring, he served as a Principal of Flintstone School which was a K-12 school. Mr. Kelly received a BS Degree from Frostburg State College (now Frostburg State University) and a MA Degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. He did extensive post-graduate study at the University of Maryland, Purdue University and Boston University.
Mr. Kelly was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Officer Candidate School Alumni Association, Farrady Post 24 American Legion, Old Rail Post 6025 Veterans of Foreign Wars and for several years served as a member of the local and state Foster Care Review Boards.
Surviving is his son, Kevin Kelly.
Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home P.A. (www.scarpellifh.com), 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. A Christian Wake service will be held at 6 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Mountains, SS Peter and Paul Shrine on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Father Bernard Finerty O.F.M., Cap. as celebrant.
Interment will be in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.
Military honors will be accorded by the Post 13 Veteran’s Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.