Jerald W. Kelly, 94

Published 7:01 am Sunday, April 17, 2016

Kelly Last of the Maritime Seamen

Last of the Maritime Seamen

Jerald W. Kelly, 94, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday morning, April 14, 2016, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home.

He was born April 9, 1922, in Jackson, Minnesota, the son of Roy and Hazel (Griffith) Kelly. A 1942 Austin High School graduate, Jerry served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1944. He worked for 18 years on the Great Lakes ore boats as a maritime seaman, retiring in 1987. On Dec. 13, 1958, he was united in marriage to Annamae Hansen in Austin. The couple lived in Faribault from 1994 to 2004 and raised one son. Jerry worked at Austin Drug for many years. Jerry considered himself a free spirit, and loved his work as a maritime seaman. He also enjoyed traveling, reading, fishing, attending Vikings games and playing cards. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

Jerry is survived by one son, William Kelly of Oronoco; brothers, Kenneth Kelly and Richard Kelly, both of Austin; his sister Shirley (Donald) Erickson, also of Austin, and brother-in-law Howard Nepp, Austin.

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He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Hazel Kelly; his wife Annamae Kelly in 2013; his sisters Elline Kelly and Mary Nepp; his brothers Claude (Fern) Kelly and Eugene (Marilyn) Kelly; and sisters-in-law Elnora Kelly, Charlene Kelly.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin with Pastor Ron Kelly officiating. Military honors by American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216. There will be no visitation or reviewal. Memorials can be directed to Westminster Presbyterian Church or recipient of donor’s choice. Service prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home, Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at