Jesse "Chris"'s Story

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Jesse Clarence "Chris" Kelly, 94, passed away peacefully Jan. 25, 2018, in Knoxville, Tenn.
Jesse was born on Dec. 11, 1923, in Slippery Rock. He graduated from Slippery Rock High School in 1943 where he played football, softball, and basketball.
During World War II from 1943-1945, Jesse served as a sergeant in the USAAF 8th Air Force, 96th Heavy Bombardment B17 Group, at Snetterton Heath, England. He also served in the Air Force Reserve from 1945-1952.
Jesse worked at Book Davis Construction Co. in Grove City as a carpenter for 23 years, and for PPG in Meadville for 16 years.
Jesse enjoyed hunting, square dancing, bowling, playing cards, travel and watching sports.
In May 1946, Jesse married June Mary Young of New Castle, and they had two children. After the death of his first spouse, Jesse married Ruth Best in December 1970, and they lived in Mercer where they were longtime members of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Ruth preceded Jesse in death in 2015.
Jesse was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his daughter Chrisan Ellis and husband Dave; his son Jesse Ernie Kelly and wife Wanda; stepchildren Ed Best; Linda Kucsera and husband John; Eileen Best; and Paul Best; together with eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Honorflight.org or the American Heart Association.

Jesse, 94, of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of Slippery Rock.
Service: A private graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday (1-31-18) at the Slippery Rock Cemetery.
Cards of condolence may be sent to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock, to be forwarded to the family.
Published on January 29, 2018
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