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Ralph Dexter Kelly

November 21, 2018

U.S. Veteran


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Ralph Dexter Kelly

November 21, 2018


Ralph Dexter Kelly, 71, of Kingston Township, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.


He was born in Bucyrus, OH, the son of the late John and Jessie Mae Crum Kelly. Ralph was a United States Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam War on the submarine, USS Henry L. Stimson. He worked for 36 years for Commonwealth /Frontier Telephone.


Ralph was member of the Lions Club, the Endless Mountain Archery Club and the Back Mountain Bloomers Club. He was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He loved wood carving and was known for the Santa Clauses that he made.  He also loved photography.  Ralph was known for being an extremely hard worker, his selfless love for his family and his generosity to his friends and anyone in need.


He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tami Kelly, by a grandson, Ricky, and by his sisters, Mona Stansberry and Evelyn Kelly.


Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Linda R. Rifenberg Kelly; children, Shawn Kelly, KY, Diane Lynn Kelly, Dallas, and John Kelly and his wife Lacy, SC; grandchildren, Ashley, Donald, Sam, Isabella, Miranda, Johnny, Hailea, Ashlyn, and Ansley; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandson; and nieces and nephews.


Memorial services will be held on Wednesday at 12:30 PM, from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Reverend Carol E. Coleman will officiate.


Friends may call on WAednesday from 11 AM until 12:30 PM at the funeral home.


Online condolences may be made by visiting Ralph’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.