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Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home

2051 East Napoleon Street, Sulphur, LA

OBITUARY

Gerald Mitchell Kelley

September 22, 1941June 22, 2020

Gerald Mitchell "Jerry" Kelley, 78, died Monday, June 22, 2020, in a local hospice after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.

He was a native of Welsh and had been a resident of Sulphur for the last 50 years. Jerry was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and received two Bronze Star Medals and The Vietnam Air Medal for his outstanding meritorious service in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. He retired from E.R.A. Helicopter Company after many years of service as a helicopter pilot. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors.

Survivors include his brother, David E. Kelley, II; his sister-in-law, Susan B. Kelley, both of Sulphur; six nieces and two nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph M. Kelley and Amelia B. Kelley; his brother, Manford Kelley; and step-brother, Julius "Sonny" LeBlanc.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project (www.wounded warriorproject.org) or Paralyzed Veterans of America (www.pva.org). Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

  • FAMILY

  • David E. Kelley, II, Brother
  • Susan B. Kelley, Sister-in-law
  • Ralph M. Kelley, Father (deceased)
  • Amelia B. Kelley, Mother (deceased)
  • Manford Kelley, Brother (deceased)
  • Julius "Sonny" LeBlanc, Step-Brother (deceased)
  • Also six nieces and two nephews.

Services

11 July

Memorial Gathering

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

 

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Richard Bergagna

June 30, 2020

I,ve known Gerry since 1969 since flight school. We have been in touch since then .we had many fond memories while in flight school and our excursion to Mexico which we were not supposed to be but we went anyway and had a great time. He introduced me to a 10 gauge shot gun which I thought was smaller than a 12 gauge. Was I mistaken. He was a great friend and a proud soldier and a great American. I will miss our semiweekly phone calls over the last several years. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends. Dick Bergagna

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