On March 2, 1948, Glen Ray Kelly was born to Wilbur and Roydell Kelly at DeFuniak Springs, Florida. After a short illness, Ray left this life on May 26, 2019, for his final resting place.
After high school, Ray joined the Marines and served two tours in Vietnam. While recuperating from an injury, he went to language school and learned the Vietnamese language. Afterwards, Ray served as an interpreter. When his military service was over, Ray returned to DeFuniak Springs and was soon asked to go to Washington, D.C., to work for the federal government. He worked full-time and went to the University of Maryland where he received a bachelor’s of science degree. Two years later he received a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University. Ray was an avid reader and thrived on learning.
Ray often read books and manuals on how to build or repair something. He never said, “I can’t do that,” but rather, “I haven’t done that before.” No matter what the project was, he found a way to make it or repair it.
Ray was proceeded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Roydell Kelly; brother, Billy Ray Kelly; and sister, Lunette Eckenroth. He is survived by his sister, F. Louise Woods; nephew, Elon Morris (Robbie); nieces, Robin Reiners (Greg) and Kelly Meadows (Tommy); great-nephews and great-nieces, Elon Morris Jr. (Sierra), Mark Reiners (Sarah), Skylar Wilson, Hannah Reiners, and T. J. Meadows; and great-great-nephews, Johnathon Reiners and Michael Morris.
Ray leaves his special friend, Pauline Flynn, whom he dearly loved. There are also many other friends and family. Ray will be dearly missed by all who loved and relied on him and his many gifts and abilities.
A time of visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 PM, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Indian Creek Baptist Church; 3964 County Highway 280A, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Indian Creek Baptist Church with Reverend Scot Keppel officiating.
Flowers are being accepted.
Burial will be held at Sandy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors by the United States Marine Corps.
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Clary-Glenn Funeral Homes & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.