Calling Hours:
Thursday, January 4, 2018, 4:00-7:00pm
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA

B.P.O.E. #145 will conduct an Elks Remembrance Service
on Thursday at 7:00pm at the funeral home.

Funeral Service:
Friday, January 5, 2018, 10:30am
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. David A, Dobi, officiating
Pastor of First Presbyterian Church

Grenville VFW Post #3374 will render military honors at
the conclusion of the service

Inurnment will be private in Shenango Valley Cemetery

Ronald J. Kelly, age 73, of East Ave., Greenville, passed away unexpectedly Monday evening, January 1, 2018 in the ER of UPMC Horizon Greenville. 

He was born in Greenville on November 20, 1944 to Charles C. and Gladys E. (Burns) Kelly.  He was a 1963 graduate of Greenville Senior High School and had served his country in the U.S. Army from 1967-1968 with the 176 Assault Helicopter Company during the Vietnam Conflict.  As a Trained Machinist, Ron was employed for thirty-seven years in the Fabrication Department of the former Greenville Steel Car and after its closing, he had worked a few years at PennTecQ.

He was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of B.P.O.E. #145, Greenville, where he had also served as a loyal pin setter on Friday mornings for the Gateway Students. Ron was also a life member of Greenville VFW Post #3374 and was of the Protestant Faith.  His other interests included, listening to music and playing the guitar and most importantly, spending time with his grandchildren. 

On September 22, 1995, he married Darlene A. (Lewis) Thompson, she survives at home.  Also surviving are a daughter, Rhonda K. Thomas and her husband Ross of Cambridge Springs; three step-children, Bryan Thompson and his wife Holly of Slippery Rock, Christopher Thompson and his wife Patty of Greenville and Heather Thompson-Murphy of San Diego, CA, a sister; Carol Kelly of Greenville, a brother; George Kelly of Mercer, eight grandchildren; Winslow Thomas, Maggie Thomas, Sadie Thomas, Jonathan Thompson, Alex Thompson, Kayla Cook, Kaitlin Johnston and Chayse Thompson and one great-grandchild; Peyton Johnston. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Janice Fabus and Dorothy Clark and a brother, Charles Kelly.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ron's memory to the charity of the donors choice.



  1. Paul M. Clark Paul M. Clark
    January 4, 2018    

    This world is a short stop to Heaven and now this Great guy is on another Venture….. Love you uncle Ron

  2. Ann Marie & Joseph L. Fry Ann Marie & Joseph L. Fry
    January 4, 2018    

    Darlene & family, Just wanted to give you our Deepest sympathies at the loss of your husband & father. Joe & I, both have come to enjoy Ron’s company in the last several months. He truly was a wonderful guy! You could tell that he loved you dearly Darlene. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you, Darlene at this time of sorrow & with the complete family. The heavens has gained a remarkable angel this week. Rest in Peace Ron! Deepest Sympathies to his beautiful wife, Darlene & to the complete family.

  3. Peggy-no and John McClimans Peggy-no and John McClimans
    January 4, 2018    

    My heart goes out to you Darlene. Our prayers for you and your family. Such an unexpected and sad loss. My words,though heart felt, seem too little to express my love and support at this time. God bless you all.

  4. Peggy-Jo and John McClimans Peggy-Jo and John McClimans
    January 4, 2018    

    My heart goes out to you Darlene. Our prayers for you and your family. Such an unexpected and sad loss. My words,though heart felt, seem too little to express my love and support at this time. God bless you all.

  5. Jim Logan Jim Logan
    January 4, 2018    

    I was a classmate of Ron, GHS 1963. Ron was a good friend. He and I became closer 8 and a half years ago, when I was quite ill, and he and other members of our class sent me cards in the hospital, I believe Ron and Betty Kay were the ones who spread the news that I was ill, and cards flooded in, lifting my spirits greatly, and I got well. Ever since then, he has regularly sent me email messages, of amazing sights in the world, and exposing me to many things I would never on my own have known existed. Sometimes I would get 2-3 emails and photos a week, they came in spurts. He was very curious about the world, and I assume he shared his knowledge and interests with many. He and I regularly communicated that way. the last time apparently only a few hours before his sudden death. My heart goes out to you, Mrs. Kelly, and to your family. He was a great guy. I will miss him and his sense of humor, his ready smile.

  6. Paul & Chris Marrangoni Paul & Chris Marrangoni
    January 4, 2018    

    Our deepest sympathies and condolences.
    Ron was my friend and I enjoyed visiting with him when I was in Greenvile. He was a really great guy.

  7. David G. Eakin David G. Eakin
    January 4, 2018    

    Darlene, today and tomorrow you celebrate the Life of Ron, a true gentlemen and a great soul. I woke up today with a thought of your Wedding Reception
    where we were all around the table, and you and I told the stories of how we used to Unhooked my Dad’s Speedometer and go all over, and my Dad then gave me the car and said
    “it only has 40000 Miles on it, and how we learned how to change a fan belt on that Corvair. Ron laughed so hard at that thought, and he said to me ” I just cant believe you two KNEW how to do that” ( he was probably more directed at me rather than you ) WE shared over the years many laughs and giggles and I remember Ron leaving you and I to laugh and giggle. ( he could not handle any more . He was a wonderful partner for you and your family. Today and tomorrow I will remember the laughs and he great times we all had together, as I pray for the repose of his Soul as he joins the faithful departed.

  8. Ed and Sandy Slavic Ed and Sandy Slavic
    January 4, 2018    

    Darlene and family Ed and I send out deepest sympathies and condolences to you at this time of sorrow. Ron will be missed by many.

  9. Bob and Lily Catalano Bob and Lily Catalano
    January 4, 2018    

    Darlene and Family:
    We are very sorry to hear of your great loss. Please accept our sympathy and we will be praying for you and your family during this time. Your memories of Ron will be with you forever.

  10. Barbara & David Steinberger Barbara & David Steinberger
    January 4, 2018    

    Many caring thoughts and prayers are with you Darlene and your family at this unexpected sad time. Ron will be greatly missed. He was such a wonderful caring man. We never could thank Ron and you enough for all your support for our parents. You were both always there for them. In Deepest Sympathy

  11. Sam Alexander Sam Alexander
    January 4, 2018    

    My sympathy to the family. Ron was well liked and was friends with everyone. My sincere condolences.

  12. Darlene C. Lewis Darlene C. Lewis
    January 4, 2018    

    Opened email/facebook this A.M. an I was shocked to the news about the unexpected loss of Ron. My sincere and deepest sympathy to you, Darlene and all the family. I enjoyed the memories of our many visits and times together with you both when Charles and I would come to Greenville. Ron was a very nice, thoughtful,caring, and pleasant personality type of guy. My thoughts and prayers to you and all the family. God Bless You. Love, Aunt Darlene

  13. Tom & Debbie Hoffman Tom & Debbie Hoffman
    January 4, 2018    

    Darlene & family…our deepest sympathy and caring thoughts to all of you. Our prayers are with you at this time and in the days to come.

  14. Darlane Swartzbeck Darlane Swartzbeck
    January 4, 2018    

    Darlene and family,
    I was so saddened to learn of Ron’s passing.
    My deepest condolences to you. Ron will rest in peace forever but he will always be the angel on your shoulder.
    Darlane Swartzbeck

  15. John Logan John Logan
    January 4, 2018    

    All the way back to high school and then in Greenville from time to time as adults, I remember time with Ron. Always a friendly greeting and an easy exchange of wisecracks and memories. Truly “a good guy”, that was Ron.

  16. Dave Williams Dave Williams
    January 4, 2018    

    My sincere condolences. Ron was a good man and true. I enjoyed the e-mails he forwarded to me. He will be missed.

  17. Renee (Conner) Adams Renee (Conner) Adams
    January 4, 2018    

    so sorry Darlene you and Ron was a nice couple, he will still watch over you so sorry Amen

  18. Marion Krieder Marion Krieder
    January 4, 2018    

    Darlene, my sincere heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers go with you as you face the coming days.

  19. Betty K Junk Betty K Junk
    January 4, 2018    

    Darlene, my heart aches for you at this sad time, and your family too, you have our deepest sympathy……. for a long time ahead. That was a beautiful video tribute. I’ve known Ron since 4th grade, a long time. I know New Year’s will never be the same, but, you and Ron sure had a fantastic last day of 2017, a memory that will always be with you. Ron was a good guy and will be missed by all who knew him. I had just received an email from him a few hours before his passing.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers, Love and hugs,
    Betty K and Fred

  20. Ed Cooper Ed Cooper
    January 4, 2018    


    So very sorry to hear about Ron. He was a very good man and an easy person to talk to. My condolences to you and your family

  21. Shelly McPherson Shelly McPherson
    January 4, 2018    

    To the Thomas family….I am sadden to hear the news. I enjoyed the many games I sat with your dad and cheered on the kids. I loved the conversations I had with him at your home. Remember all those Sunday mornings together . Our hearts are with you all! Love ya Rhonda….

  22. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 4, 2018    

    We send deepest sympathy and condolences, to your family. Ron will truly be missed.
    Doug&Becky Haylett

  23. Bill & Linda Rinella Bill & Linda Rinella
    January 4, 2018    

    Darlene & Family~

    So sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. He was a great guy and we enjoyed his humor. After the shock of his death, let the wonderful memories flow and comfort.
    May God’s blessing and comfort surround you all.

  24. Don Hoffman Don Hoffman
    January 4, 2018    

    Darlene, I am so deeply saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. There are no words that can comfort you at this time. But know that the kindness and the love that you both shared will be with you always . May God wrap his arms around and bless you today, tomorrow, and forever. Love you.

  25. Vicki Vandergrift Vicki Vandergrift
    January 4, 2018    

    Brian and I send our love, our prayers, and our heartfelt sympathies to you, Darlene and your family and friends. We truest enjoyed his company over the years. May God bless you with His love, peace, and comfort.

  26. Sandy & Ron George Sandy & Ron George
    January 4, 2018    

    Darene, I am so sorry for you, hearing of what a sudden death Ron had. It was good for him, but very hard for you I am sure. I remember walking to school with Ron when we were in High School. I saw him recently at Anytime Fitness. He always spoke & seemed to be in a good mood. He will be missed. Ron said that he saw him a lot at Paxtons in the mornings.

  27. June Gessler June Gessler
    January 5, 2018    

    Darlene, I am saddened and you are on my mind,… you and Ron were together a long time and were very fortunate to have a happy life and wonderful family
    MEMORIES: The heart hath its own memory, like the mind, and in it are enshrined the precious keepsakes.
    May God bless and keep you…..

  28. Walt & Kathy Nelson Walt & Kathy Nelson
    January 5, 2018    

    We shared many good times with Ron and feel so blessed to call him our friend.Our time together was always filled with lots of laughter and great memories and we will cherish those memories forever. We will keep you all in our prayers during this great time of sorrow . Please share with all his grandchildren he was so proud of each and everyone of you and his face lit up whenever he talked of each one of you . Rest In Peace dear friend till we meet again Darlene we send our love to all of you and lots of hugh

  29. Liz Kelly-Koepfler (Chuck Kelly's daughter) Liz Kelly-Koepfler (Chuck Kelly's daughter)
    January 5, 2018    

    I didn’t get to see Uncle Ron often but every time I did he was kind and curious to know about my life. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  30. Barbara Burkhammer Barbara Burkhammer
    January 5, 2018    

    Darlene and Family, So sorry for your loss. The Memory Video is so Beautiful, what a Beautiful family. God has our life on Earth planned. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family during this time. I pray God will take care of all of you. Barb

  31. Missy Blackson Missy Blackson
    January 5, 2018    

    Rhonda my heart breaks for you as you go thru this rough journey please know my prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. Your dad was quite an amazing man always kind to everyone even to us a teenagers. This world was a better place because of him and I have some very wonderful memories of him growing up. Hold your memories close to your heart and he will always be with you and your family. Love you my friend and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  32. Dan and Dianne Knapp Dan and Dianne Knapp
    January 5, 2018    

    Darlene and family…We just heard the sad news. Our heart goes out to you. We both have fond memories of Ron. He was definitely a good guy. So sorry for your loss.

  33. Janice (Jones) Tangeman '63 Janice (Jones) Tangeman '63
    January 5, 2018    

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing… It was great to reconnect with him at a class reunion several years ago, and to meet Darlene.
    May your wonderful memories of him soften your grief and pain

  34. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 5, 2018    

    Darlene and family, sending my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Barb (Barker) Samson

  35. Brian Britton and family. Brian Britton and family.
    January 6, 2018    

    Darlene, I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I didn’t know him well, but I could tell that he was the love of your life. My family are keeping you and your family in their prayers. GOD Bless !

  36. David and Bonnie Shontz David and Bonnie Shontz
    January 6, 2018    

    Our deepest thoughts are with you during these terrible times. Always remember that memories keep you going day by day. Fond memories have been had by many. God bless and know friends support you in need.
    Bonnie and Dave Shontz

  37. Darlene and Barry Hoy Darlene and Barry Hoy
    January 6, 2018    

    We are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May your happy memories help ease the pain with time.

  38. walter beil walter beil
    January 6, 2018    

    My most sincere condolences to Darlene and family. It was a shock to hear of Rons passing and I will certainly miss our visits whenever I return to Greenville. Our high school class reunions will never be the same.
    Rest in peace my Viet Nam vet brother, rest in peace!

  39. Judy and Ralph Blewitt Judy and Ralph Blewitt
    January 8, 2018    

    You have our deepest sympathy and condolences for you and your family he will be missed by so many

  40. Mike Moss Mike Moss
    January 11, 2018    

    Ron was always one of the first to come talk with me at reunions. He was a Nam Buddy I would have been proud to serve with. condolences to family. MM

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