David E. Kelly

November 9, 1935 - August 30, 2023

11/09/1935 - 08/30/2023

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Funeral Service
Thursday September 07, 2023
11:30 am
Star of the Sea Catholic Church
1404 Pacific Ave.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
757428-8547 | Directions
Thursday September 07, 2023
1:15 pm
Princess Anne Memorial Park
1110 N. Great Neck Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
757-481-1097 | Directions
  David E. Kelly died peacefully at his home in Virginia Beach on August 30, 2023.  He was born in Philadelphia on November 9, 1935 to Marvin Lyle Kelly (d. 9-30-46) and Margaret (Guerra) Kelly (d. 8-26-92).  David was predeceased by his brother Richard J. Wheelock.  Surviving family members include his wife, Barbara (Corby) Kelly, his daughter Andrea (Kelly) Dickerson (husband Raymond Dickerson), and his sister Jacqueline (Kelly) Sozio.  David’s grandchildren include: Wesley Dickerson (wife Dao), Camille (Dickerson) Boutchyard (husband Brandon), and David Francis Dickerson.  His great grandchildren include Sebastian Boutchyard and Alessandra Dickerson.
  As a young boy David lived in Quakertown, PA with his parents and sister.  After his father’s early death he attended the Milton Hershey Boarding School.  There he excelled in Academics and Wrestling receiving numerous college scholarships.  He attended Lehigh, Temple, and George Washington Universities studying advanced Mathematics and Chemistry.  He was invited to join MENSA for his extraordinarily high IQ.  He was a talented pianist and his family loved his beautiful version of Doctor Zhivago – Lara’s Theme.  His kindness, humor, and brilliance will be missed greatly by all.
  On September 4, 1955 he married his sweetheart for life, Barbara Corby Kelly.  They were married for 68 years short of 5 days.  While he served in the army testing with the plague at Walter Reed Medical they lived in Washington, D.C.  During the earlier years of their marriage they lived in NJ (Cherry Hill, Cinnaminson, and W. Long Branch) and PA (East Norriton, and W. Long Branch) while he worked as a Software Engineer.  After retiring he lived in California, Florida, and Virginia.  He loved to travel for work (Munich) or pleasure with Barbara and they enjoyed 38 cruises together in addition to other extensive international travel.
  A Funeral Mass will be held at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Virginia Beach on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. followed by his burial at the Princess Anne Memorial Park also in Virginia Beach.  In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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June Biegenwald
3 months ago

Sincere condolences to Barbara and Andrea. My husband, Bill, worked with Dave for several years in Central NJ. We enjoyed spending time with Dave and Barbara socially.

Sandra Novoshielski
4 months ago

I am sorry to hear about David’s passing. I kept trying to get a hold of Barbara my long time friend from Cinnaminson that I met when I worked at the Cinnaminson Clover store. I tried several phone numbers but you guys were always moving. Today the 14th of October is Barbara’s birthday. I just saw this now. Rip Dave. Birthday wishes for Barbara one of my dearest friends. I hope we can talk soon. I still have the 856 829-4704 landline. Love you Barbara.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
5 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of David E. Kelly, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, David E. Kelly, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

6 months ago

My condolences go out to David and family. May Mr. Kelly rest in paradise in God’s hands. 😇 ❤️-

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