John L. Kelly


John L. Kelly, 74, died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, following a brief battle with cancer. Funeral Services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4097 18th St., Bettendorf, at 11 a.m.Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Visitation will be at the church on Aug. 7 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Cremation rites will be accorded and a private burial will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill., later. Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home is in charge of assisting the family with arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House or St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

John LeRoy “Jack” Kelly was born May 7, 1936, to Leo and Francis Kelly in Davenport. He attended St. Ambrose Academy in Davenport and served his country during the Korean conflict, receiving an honorable discharge in May 1956.  He married Dorothy Hamilton on June 27, 1964, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Davenport.  John had been employed by the City of Davenport. He then went on to become a firefighter at the Rock Island Arsenal, where he retired as Assistant Fire Chief in 1993. He thoroughly enjoyed new cars, boats, watching bull riding, but nothing compared to being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his loving wife Dorothy, daughter-in-law Brenda Kelly, grandson Larry (Karma) Cook, great-grandchildren Amanda, Natalie, Kristine and Katherine Cook, granddaughter Angela (Chris) Rogers and great-grandchildren Kylie, Keagan and Tyler James Rogers as well as many nieces and nephews, who are all special.


John was preceded in death by his beloved children, John Leo and Patti, his parents, grandparents and brothers Jerry and Jim Kelly.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting John’s obituary at


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