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Neil Kelly, 1931-2003

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Former Summit County resident and county employee Neil Kelly died Aug. 2 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn.

He was a 71-year-old retired engineer who designed public construction projects for Summit County from 1978 until his retirement in 1993. He was living in Knoxville at the time of his death.

Kelly was born Sept. 20, 1931 in Waterbury, Conn. He attended Cornell University in the early 1950s and received a bachelor’s degree in engineering. After graduation, he worked for two years with Standard Oil in Ohio before moving to Denver to work for Martin Marietta Engineering for four years. He spent the next fifteen years as the owner of a company selling electronic test equipment until moving to Summit County in 1978.

During his career, Kelly received several recognitional plaques from bond companies, aerospace companies and employees.

Kelly is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Marian Kelly. He is survived by wife Shirley Reams; son, Lt. Col. Mark Kelly of Maxwell Air Force base; daughter Kathy Kubiak of Ramona, Calif; sister Frances Allen of Tucson, Ariz.; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Knoxville on Aug. 5. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association or to the charity of your choice.


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