David Lee Kelley
July 3, 1933 – November 16, 2020
David Lee Kelley, 87 of Huntsville, Alabama passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 at his home. David was born on July 3, 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Charlene Kelley. David is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, that he loved and cherished. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
David was of the Methodist faith. He served our country in the United States Air Force. After his enlistment, David finished his Bachelors Degree then went on to earn a Master's Degree in Engineering. He was employed by NASA working passionately on the Space Program. In his free time, David enjoyed reading, working in the yard and engineering and constructing various items for his family and friends. When asked, David was able to construct almost anything.
A Graveside Service, with Military Honors will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:00am at Valhalla Memory Gardens at the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum. Chaplain D.J. Allen will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Keith Sharp, Lynn Hunt, Bryan Hunt, Alexander Steel and Alex Steel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David's honor to St. Jude Children's Hospital, The ARK Animal Shelter of Huntsville or a charity of your choice. Please leave fond memories and condolences in memory of David at www.valhallafunerals.com.
- St. Jude Children's Hospital
- The ARK Animal Shelter of Huntsville
- Charity of your choice
Graveside Service with Military Honors
Friday, November 20, 2020
David Lee Kelley
November 18, 2020
I just lost a best friend. Dave and I met at the Marshall Space Center where he was a contractor on one of the programs I was working. He had worked Apollo and Sky Lab and so had I so we had a lot in common. We became instant friends. Dave came to work later in the Branch that I managed and provided his knowledge in support of the STS87 and STS95 and DART flight experiments. We worked together daily for over 20 years and he became my mentor and one of my best friends. He watched my children grow up, I comforted him as his mother grew old and passed and he helped me as both my parents did the same. We shared thing as family does. He was a great engineer and friend and will always be remembered by my family.