John T. “Jack” Kelly, MD, age 90, formerly of Robbinsdale and Delano, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe, 217 S. 2nd Street in Delano.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel, 15800 37th Ave. N. at Vicksburg Lane; continuing Friday, one hour prior to Mass at church. Private interment.
Memorials preferred to the Minnesota Medical Foundation, or to Cross Catholic Outreach.
Arrangements are with Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel; www.gearty-delmore.com.
Jack graduated from Cretin High School and after a stint in the US Air Corps, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota. He later entered U of M Medical School and graduated in 1956.
He was a family physician and co-founder at Northeast Medical Clinic in Minneapolis, and chief of staff at St. Mary’s Hospital. In 1968, he returned to the U of M for a residency in psychiatry and joined the Dept. of Family Medicine, eventually becoming the associate head of the department until his retirement in 1996.
Jack’s passion for nature and agriculture led him to found Apple Jack Orchards with his family in 1983. He had a deep love for books and also his Irish heritage. He made a huge impact on his loved ones’ lives as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Leah Kelly (Labeck); daughter Kit Dekarski (Mike); grandchildren Katie Lamecker (Nick) and John Dekarski; great-grandchildren Joey and Anna Lamecker; nephew Jim (Renee Larson) Hansen; niece Barb Fabian (John); brother-in-law Bill Hansen; four great nieces and nephews; and five great-great nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Anastasia Johnson Kelly; and sisters Joan and Jean.