In Memory of

Donald Leroy Kelly

Born on Mar. 25, 1934
Departed on Aug. 3, 2012
Resided in Cornelius, OR

Don Kelly passed away on the evening of Thursday, August 3, 2012. As his daughter said, "He was very dedicated to his family, his job and his life's work of genealogical research. My father kept in contact with hundred's of people in the spirit of that research that took up so much of his time because he enjoyed it so much. My father is already and will continue to be missed by many many people."

Don Kelly served as the County Coordinator for Franklin County in the ARGenWeb Project since 1997. But even before that, he was involved in the WorldGenWeb Project providing information for Ireland, Wales and England. He later founded the Ireland Genealogy Project. He was a former State Coordinator for the IAGenWeb Project and had other counties through the years for the USGenWeb Project. Don was passionate about genealogy and had strong opinions about the subject.

Obituary as taken from the IAGenWeb Memorial page:
Donald Leroy Kelly, 79, died suddenly on the 3rd of August 2012. He was born March 25th, 1934 in Arkansas (USA) to Oscar and Gladys (Pruitt) Kelly. At a young age he lived in the Los Angles area with family, though he called Anchorage, Alaska is hometown. Don worked as a master electrician for forty years. He was also a Captain in the 2nd Ranger Battalion, of Ft. Lewis, WA.

Don was one of the early contributors of Internet genealogy. He gave many years of dedicated service to IAGenWeb as past State Coordinator and as the County Coordinator for Des Moines County since 1998. He was the manager of the Ireland Genealogy Projects (IGP) website for the last 12 years and county coordinator for a few other USGenWeb state sites. Don was extremely proud of his Irish Roots. He liked to use the name Donal O’Collough (the Gaelic form of the anglicized "Kelly") for his online name, as a way of celebrating his heritage. Don also managed numerous Rootsweb email lists and message boards. On his lists, he came into contact with hundreds of people researching their family and was happy to help and encourage all who wrote to him.

Don leaves behind a wife, Irene, and three daughters, Tracy, Angela and Tawnya, and a grand daughter Cheyanna Alexander. He lived in Cornelius (near Forest Grove), Oregon.

Memorial messages: Fuiten Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home, Forest Grove, Oregon.