My Dad

Jeff Kelley

Here is the obituary for dad:

Jeffrey Dean Kelley, 65, of Clymer, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Kelley was born May 28, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of James E. and Melva L. McCloy Kelley.

He graduated from Mt. Pleasant Area High School and was awarded his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1969. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Ill. Dr. Kelley established his chiropractic practice in Clymer in 1988, providing care to his many patients over the next 25 years. “Doc” as he was referred to by his patients and friends, was also an accomplished guitarist. He played both individually and in various bands in many venues, both locally and across the country. Doc was very proud of winning the Western Pennsylvania Blues competition in 2010. He traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, “the home of the Blues”, to compete in the national competition.

He is survived by a daughter, Sarah K. Kelley, of Los Angeles, Calif.; a son, Noah W. Kelley and wife Lois, of Wake Forest, N.C.; three grandchildren: Abigail, Isaiah, and Ezra Kelley; a sister, Kathleen Fornal, of Mt. Pleasant; a brother, James E. Kelley, Jr. and wife Kathleen, of Latrobe; nieces: Nicole M. Kelley, Angela Rae Fornal; a nephew, Bennett Fornal and lifetime friend, LaVona L. Reeves.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James E. and Melva Kelley.

Jeff will be sadly missed by those whose life he touched over the years.
Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., Indiana. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Sovereign Grace Church with Pastor Mark Altrogge officiating. There will be a private family interment Wednesday at Green Ridge Memorial Park in Connellsville.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Indiana Unit, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.

Probably one of the things dad was most passionate about was music. After dad died, I found this article online in the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania Newsletter (Issue 4, Vol. 2, January 2008, page 4):

The following is a glimpse of the submission to Sonic Bids that our solo/duo winner, Jeff Kelley, submitted to Memphis for his entry into the International Blues Challenge that starts on January 31, 2008:

“Born in 1947, I have been playing the acoustic guitar since 1964. In the middle of the Folk Music Revival of the 60’s, I was quickly drawn to the Piedmont and Delta style acoustic blues artists of the Golden Age of Blues, (the 1920s and 1930s.) In the ‘60s, some of the great acoustic blues artists were still performing, including Son House, Skip James, Reverend Gary Davis, Brownie McGhee, and Mississippi John Hurt. The blues attracted me because it is the most expressive music and has the greatest depth of emotion. Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, I perform regionally at Arts Festivals, Blues Festivals, Folk Music Societies, and I have a regular engagement at a nearby nightclub. I will be competing as a soloist in the 2008 International Blues Competition as a result of winning a competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania, of which I am member. In 2006, I released a CD titled, Classic Acoustic Blues, which is a tribute to the great acoustic blues artists. It contains songs by Reverend Gary Davis, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Blind Willie McTell, and Muddy Waters. Since the release of “Classic Acoustic Blues,” I have been channeling my interest in the Blues into creating my own songs, guided by my interpretations of the Piedmont and Delta blues styles.”

Jeff Kelley is currently working with the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania to develop a historical blues music program. He has volunteered to offer a music clinic in conjunction with that program for those wanting to learn new skills or hone skills that they already possess.

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