John ‘Jack’ Francis Kelly, 81, of Bloomington, MN, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 23, 2017.
John ‘Jack’ Francis Kelly, 81, of Bloomington, MN, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 23, 2017. Jack was born on July 28, 1935, in Devils Lake, ND. He attended St. Mary’s Academy where he was a star basketball player. He went on to attend the University of North Dakota where he earned degrees in Chemistry and Biology and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Following college, he was a Lieutenant Air Officer in the U.S. Navy and attended Air Intelligence School at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Completing his time in the Navy, he went on to become a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He was authentic, practical, supportive, an avid outdoorsman and had unbelievable Irish wit. His faith and love in Jesus Christ was unwavering. Preceded in death by parents Frank and Clara (Rutten), former wife, Gale and infant son John Patrick. Jack was a devoted spouse of 37 years to his beloved Marie, loving father, friend, and neighbor. He will also be dearly missed by sons John (Jessica), Duggan (Debi), Devan, Patrick (Mari) and Tim Mehner; grandchildren Ashleigh, Heather, Devan, Keegan, Kaitlin, Irelyn, Isabella, Tegan and Avery; six great-grandchildren Destinee, Jayden, Taylin, Mariah, Charlie and Avion; many nieces and nephews. Join us in a celebration of Jack’s life on Saturday, May 6 from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. with prayers and a toast at 3:30 p.m. Minnesota Valley Country Club, 6300 Auto Club Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438. Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Delta Waterfowl Foundation or North Dakota Pheasants Forever.