OBITUARY

Kenneth Arthur Kelley

April 21, 1952January 5, 2021
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Kenneth A. Kelley of Apollo Beach, FL, passed away at Tampa General Hospital on the morning of January 5th, 2021 at the age of 68. Born in Long Island, NY in 1952, he was preceded into heaven by his parents Arthur Edward Kelley and Veronica Mearsheimer Kelley as well as his daughter Kristen Jennifer Kelley. Ken was a man of faith and service, dedicated to his family, and beloved by close friends and co-workers. He was a constant student, a man of many talents and interests; he loved to cook and always had a sense of humor. After attending Jesuit High School of Tampa Florida, he graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in geology. Throughout his accomplished career, Ken’s passion for geology took him to places around Florida, Alaska, and the Middle East. He loved giving back and volunteered in many ways, including: coaching youth sports, presenting his extensive rock and fossil collection to local schools, and donating to local food drives and Nativity Church’s PB&J group. One of Ken’s favorite quotes was “No matter where you go, there you are” – Buckaroo Banzai.

In addition to his partner of 18 years, Cynthia Fleming, he is survived by his son Kenneth Jeffrey Kelley (Jacqueline) and his brother, Edward Thomas Kelley (Sue). He will be greatly missed by his 5 grandchildren Brennan, Jakoby, Kamryn, Henry, and Cora as well as Cynthia’s three children and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on January 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, 2323 West Brandon Blvd., Brandon, Florida. Funeral Service will be held on January 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Nativity Catholic Church, 705 East Brandon Blvd., Brandon, Florida. Graveside Service will be held on January 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens.

To express a condolence with the family and for additional information, visit https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/brandon-fl/kenneth-kelley-9986423. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ken’s name to support The Spring of Tampa Bay https://thespring.org/donate/ in honor of Ken’s late daughter Kristen Jennifer Kelley.

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  • In addition to his partner of 18 years, Cynthia Fleming, he is survived by his son Kenneth Jeffrey Kelley (Jacqueline) and his brother, Edward Thomas Kelley (Sue). He will be greatly missed by his 5 grandchildren Brennan, Jakoby, Kamryn, Henry, and Cora as well as Cynthia’s three children and six grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 22, 2021

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Chris Gombos

January 21, 2021

Words can’t express how sorry I am to hear of your recent loss! Your dad was a good man and raised an amazing son! I’m sure you will continue to make him proud and carry on the legacy that he fostered and maintained for the Kelley name! Having lost my dad some what recently, I can relate to some if not all of the feelings you’re currently experiencing and will always be here for you to talk to if you need any support or just to catch up. If there’s one thing I I definitely know, it’s that you gave your dad the best gift anyone can ever give a parent; an extension of their family through your marriage to Jacqueline and the birth of your two beautiful children Henry and Cora. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys in this time of need. With love, the Gombos family.

Mark Rains

January 20, 2021

On behalf of the School of Geosciences, I want to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends on the passing of one of our valued alumni. I never personally met Ken, but as a fellow geologist, fellow member of the USF Geology community, and fellow admirer of Buckaroo Banzai, I'm certain we would have been fast friends. Mark Rains, Professor & Director, USF School of Geosciences

dan thro

January 19, 2021

rest in peace, old friend

Suzanne Pennell

January 15, 2021

I loved how Mr. Ken poured into Alexandra’s love of rocks. He was so excited to share his expertise with her, and she loved all of his stories and artifacts.

Matt, Alexandra, and I send our warmest condolences to the entire Kelley Family. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4

Cynthia Fleming

January 8, 2021

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