Vernon Leo "Ham" Kelly

Vernon “Ham” Leo Kelly

May 9, 1922 - November 11, 2015

Vernon died November 11, 2015 in Portland, Ore. He was the third of four sons born to Ray & Augusta (Mayer) Kelly on May 9, 1922 in The Dalles, Ore. Growing up, he helped his Dad on the family’s wheat ranch. After graduation, he attended the University of Oregon, but left to enlist in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Lucille Thouvenel March 25, 1943 in The Dalles and they honeymooned on the train to Salt Lake City, where Vernon reported for duty two days later. After basic training, Lucille joined him in Texas. He attended Flight Engineer School, eventually becoming a flight instructor, and was lucky enough to stay stateside during the war. He was discharged in 1946 and he and Lucille returned to The Dalles, where they raised three sons and Vernon worked on his wheat ranch until his retirement in 1969.

Vernon and Lucille loved to travel & were always “on the move”. Vernon was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus & in his earlier years, volunteered on The Dalles City Planning Commission. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, & great grandchildren. Everyone loved Vernon's quick wit & sense of humor!

Vernon is survived by his sons, Paul (Lynda), Beaverton; Tom, McMinnville; Doug (Diane), Beaverton; seven grandchildren, Tera (Dale) Boring, Albany; Geoffrey (Merissa) Kelly, Hillsboro; Michelle (Charles) Wise, Magnolia, Texas; Meghan Kelly, McMinnville; Patrick (Julianna) Kelly, Beaverton; Sara Kelly, Hillsboro; and April Huggler, Portland; eight great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Emily, & Andrew Boring, Albany; Mara and Grant Kelly, Hillsboro; Shelby Horton, Magnolia, Texas; and Conor and Parker Kelly, Beaverton; as well as one brother, Ken, Seaside. His wife, and brothers, Jim and Wilbur, predeceased him.

Funeral services will be held December 5, 2015 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in The Dalles at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.


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