Wilfred "Bill" Lewis Kelly, age 78, died of multiple myeloma in his Anchorage, Alaska, home on Oct. 16, 2016. A resident of Alaska for 39 years, Bill was born on July 19, 1938, in Fulton, N.Y. He graduated from high school in Atlanta, Ga., in 1956, and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force immediately thereafter. Bill was commissioned in 1963 and served for a total of 29 years before retiring as a Colonel from Elmendorf Air Force Base in 1985. While in service of his country, Colonel Kelly received a bronze star medal, meritorious service medal, air force commendation medal and a Vietnam service medal with three bronze stars. Bill received his Bachelors of Business from Troy State University in 1974. He served most recently as a devoted member of his community with the Anchorage Police Citizen Academy Alumni Association, and the President of the board of his residential association. In his free time, Bill enjoyed hiking, camping, biking and volunteering with the food bank and Saint Patrick's Church. Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Madeline of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter, Janet Helfrich of Palmer, Alaska; son, John Kelly of Beacon, N.Y.; daughter, Barbara Ensley of Anchorage; daughter, Linda Kelly of Kent, Wash.; brother, George Kelly of Arkansas; sister, Janet Kelly of Atlanta, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Kelly; and his parents, John and Janet Kelly. Colonel Kelly's cremains will be buried at Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at 10 a.m., with military honors being provided by the Air Force. Anyone planning on attending the graveside services will need to line up in procession at the main gate of Fort Richardson off the Glenn Highway. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to the Cremation Society of Alaska.
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