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Joseph L. Kelly

May 20, 1925 December 21, 2018
Joseph L. Kelly
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Obituary for Joseph L. Kelly

Joseph L. Kelly, 93, of Dwight, passed away on December 21, 2018, at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at Hager Memorial Home, Dwight. Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Dwight. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Odell, IL. Hager Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph was born in Emington, IL on May 20, 1925 to Joseph and Irene (Ready) Kelly Sr. He married Rose “Betty” Larson on March 1, 1949 in Loretto. She passed away earlier this year on October 11, 2018.

He is survived by children, Janeen (Stan) Dietz of Piper City, Karen (Jerry) Grubbs of Dwight, Ronda (Lance) Kray of Dwight, Mike (Mary) Kelly of Geneseo; grandchildren, Kimberly Dietz, Stacy (Josh Phares) Bradshaw, Joseph (Kristin) Dietz, Cathy (Chris) Burke, Jacob (Michelle) Grubbs, Daniel Grubbs, Ryan (Jacque) Kelly and Morgan (Sam Roberts) Kelly; great grandchildren, Isabelle Bradshaw, Brynner & Adalynn Dietz, Sienna, Skylar and Sadie Burke; nephew, Eddie Flowers and many other nieces and nephews; sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Ed Masching. brother, Leo Kelly; sisters-in-law, Delores Kelly, Kay Kelly.

Joseph is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Clare Kelly.

He farmed for 44 years prior to retirement. He enjoyed his coffee group, card playing and watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s activities. He was a avid Cub’s fan and enjoyed watching the Cub’s games with his wife Betty. He was thrilled that he was able to see the Cub’s win the World Series.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Church in Campus and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Livingston County Farm Bureau and served on its board.

Memorials may be made to Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac or the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

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4:00 PM 12/28/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/28/2018 7:00:00 PM
Hager Memorial Home

201 W. Mazon Ave.
Dwight, IL 60420

Hager Memorial Home
201 W. Mazon Ave. Dwight 60420 IL
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




10:30 AM 12/29/2018 10:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 12/29/2018 11:30:00 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Dwight

126 W. Mazon Ave.
Dwight, IL 60420

St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Dwight
126 W. Mazon Ave. Dwight 60420 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Paul's Cemetery Final Resting Place

27000-27280 County Highway 6
Odell, IL 60460

27000-27280 County Highway 6 Odell 60460 IL
United States

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