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John  Walter "JK" "Johnnie" Kelly

John Walter "JK" "Johnnie" Kelly
  • December 27, 1946 - February 14, 2019
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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John Walter Kelly, 72, of Marshall died peacefully at the Laurels of Bedford on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

John was born December 27, 1946 in Aikens, South Carolina the son of James and Susan (Wallen) Kelly. He graduated from Marshall High School and served in the U.S. Navy. John was also known as "JK" and "Johnnie". He was employed as a bartender at the Copper Bar in Marshall as well as in other restaurants and bars in several other states.

John was preceded in death by his only sister, Patricia Stevens on October 23, 2012. Surviving are his nephew, James D. (Christina) Foster of Battle Creek and his niece, Denise (Jerry) Mathers of Marshall; three great nieces and nephews and one great nephew.

"JK" loved sports and knew the stats for everyone in most sports. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and playing softball in the Marshall Leagues. He was very generous and will be remembered as a kind hearted man.

Per JK's wishes, he will be cremated and his family will plan an event to remember John. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to American Diabetes Association. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at