Jack Morgan Kelly Sr.

COLUMBIA — Jack Morgan Kelly Sr. of Columbia died on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at the Columbia Health Care Center. He was 89.

Kelly was born on Jan. 21, 1921, in Remington, Ind. to Francis Kelly and Ellen (Mull) Kelly. He was the oldest of four children.

Kelly graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1943. In college he played football and baseball, and went on to play semi-pro baseball in Fort Wayne, Ind. Kelly loved sports and was a loyal fan to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.

As an ROTC officer, Kelly served in the Army upon graduating from Purdue. He served in Japan during World War II and left the military as a major. In 2009, Kelly went to Washington, D.C., with fellow veterans on the third Central Missouri Honor Flight.

Kelly was an electronic manufacturer representative and established his own company. Kelly worked as a real estate agent with his wife, Maxine Kelly, after retirement.

Kelly traveled to 49 states throughout his life. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.

Kelly’s wife, Maxine Kelly; son, Jack Jr.; brothers, Richard and Paul Kelly; and great-grandson, George Morgan Cooper, all died earlier.

Kelly is survived by his brother, Robert Kelly; daughters, Wanda Jackson and Jan Bell; grandchildren, John Cooper, Christina Cooper, Melissa Cooper, Jeffery Cooper, Rachel McKenzie, Jessica Bell-Flemming and Adrianne “Oddie” Bell; 16 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. through the time of the service. Memorial contributions can be made in Kelly’s honor to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at