Published in The Arizona
Republic from January 6 to January 7, 2010
Archie Kelley, 88 of
Scottsdale, AZ. passed away January 2, 2010. An Arizona native, he was
born November 6, 1921. Archie grew up on a family owned dairy farm in
Glendale, AZ. He graduated from Glendale HS. In his teens he was a member
of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Archie was a WWII veteran. He enlisted in the US Navy shortly after the
attack on Pearl Harbor and served through 1945. His most notable assignment
was on board the USS Oklahoma City.
Archie was also a professional baseball player. He played for a number
of farm teams as a pitcher and outfielder. His favorite baseball team
was the St. Louis Cardinals. After his Navy service, Archie worked in
the shipyards of Philadelphia as a crane operator.
After retiring, he purchased a bar in Philadelphia called the Roxie which
he owned for many years. Archie had a wonderful smile, good humor and
a generous soul.
Archie is survived by his wife Lucia (DellaPollo), daughter Donna, brothers
Lawrence, Ernest and Clyde, sisters Hester Justice (Glen) and Ester Hill
(Jesse), and his guardian-nephew Keith Kelley, cousin Bonnie Hayes.
Archie was predeceased by his son Donald, sisters Helen McCullum (Patrick),
Jesse May Hobgood (Sidney), Cathryn Lasiter (Murle), and brother Clarence.
Services will be held at 2PM, on Friday, January 8, 2010 at Allen Funeral
Home, 1130 S Horne, Mesa, AZ. 480-833-1716.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice
of the Valley in Archie's name. Pennsylvania services will be held at
10AM Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at Donohue Funeral Home, 3300 W Chester
Pike, Newton Square, PA.