ABERDEEN - Edward Patrick Kelly passed away peacefully on Dec. 22nd in Aberdeen at the age of 82. Ed is survived by his wife, Susie Kelly; three daughters, Martha Kelly of Naples, Florida, Lisa Kelly of Laramie, Wyoming, Anne Cheney of Mission Viejo, California and son, Ward Kelly of Chicago, Illinois; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Edward was born on April 3, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York to Dr. and Mrs. Leo Kelly of Brooklyn, New York and Point Lookout, New York. Ed attended the Brooklyn Preparatory School before he went to Brown University (graduated '56). Ed received his law degree from Fordham Law School ('59) and was admitted to the New York and Illinois Bar Associations. After working briefly as an Assistant District Attorney for New York, Ed moved to Chicago and began working for Apollo Savings and Loan as a vice president where he became President in 1961. At age 27, he was one of the youngest presidents of a Savings and Loan in the United States and was also the youngest president to become a member of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization). Throughout the years, Ed lived in Miami, Florida and Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago he met Susie Lennox of Chicago. He married Susie in 1978 and the two of them resided in Illinois and Mississippi over 41 years. Ed spent most of the past 30 years traveling throughout the world with the love of his live, Susie, loving every minute of the 41 years they spent together.

Ed was an accomplished public speaker, loved politics and participated in several political campaigns, including those for the mayor of Chicago (Richard Daly, Sr.) as well as various presidential campaigns (Barry Goldwater). He was generous, witty, dedicated, honest, fair, forgiving, loyal, brilliant and highly respected. In 1965, Ed shared his lifelong love of flags designing and developing the Plaza of the Americas on Michigan Avenue where flags of Chicago and the United States, followed by the flags representing the nations of the Americas were raised and fly to this day. Deeply patriotic, Ed was with the  U.S. Army 28th Infantry in Ft. Riley, Kansas.

A Remembrance with friends and family will be held  at the family home in Aberdeen from 1 until 4 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018.

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