John David (Jack) Kelly, age 93, died at his residence in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on January 10, 2022.
Jack was born on May 30, 1928 in St. Louis, MO. After living in Missouri and Iowa, the family relocated to Ypsilanti, Michigan where Jack spent most of his life. Jack served in the US Navy from 1952 to 1956 and was stationed aboard the USS Hancock and the USS Oriskany. He then went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Michigan University and later followed up with a Masters Degree in Education.
Jack spent his career as an Elementary teacher in the Garden City School District. After his retirement from teaching, he lived quietly at his home in Ypsilanti where he enjoyed gardening, swimming at the park and visiting with his neighbors. After his health began to fail, he relocated to Senior living communities on the East Side of Detroit where he could be closer to family.
Jack had an extraordinary ability to connect with young and old alike. His imagination knew no bounds and his stories of his own childhood adventures and life experiences amused all. He dabbled in local theater, enjoyed collecting, and was deeply devoted to his Catholic faith.
Jack was predeceased by his beloved sister, Mary Ellen Hollosy and her husband Chuck. He will be dearly missed by his loving nieces and nephew, John Hollosy (Diane), Kelly Moore (Vern), and Mary Kathleen (Boo) Murphy (Jeff), as well as his beloved great nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on January 15th at St. Clare of Montefalco, Grosse Pointe Park, MI, with interment immediately following at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Ypsilanti, MI. You may honor Jack's memory by making an impact in your local community and sharing a good tale.
Arrangements entrusted to Chas. Verheyden, Inc. - Grosse Pointe
Jack’s close family and extended family will miss his shared stories of the past, his family and his love for all of his nieces, nephews and their families. His devotion to his sister, Mary Ellen and their caring families became an important part of his “Senior living”.
Rest In Peace, Jack.
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