Walter Leon Kelly, 71, of Danville, PA, formerly of Montoursville, PA, passed away at his residence
Walter Leon Kelly, 71, of Danville, PA, formerly of Montoursville, PA, passed away at his residence on Saturday, December 25, 2021. He was born July 26, 1950, in New Holland, PA, the son of the late Edward J. and Bertha Lee Stiles Kelly.
Walter graduated from Manheim Township High School in 1968, and attended Penn State University York Campus.
Walter was a member of The Mason Contractors Association, The Masonry Heater Association, The Chimney Safety Institute of America, and The National Chimney Sweep Guild.
He was a self-employed and remarkably talented stone mason for more than forty years, installing specialty fireplaces and creating magnificent stonework in public and private spaces around the United States, for which he will be remembered.
Walter enjoyed travel and visited numerous western European countries many times. A more sedentary passion was reading, both fiction and non-fiction, making him a master at trivia and worldly information.
A loving father, Walter is survived by two sons and their partners:
Edward M. Kelly and Elizabeth A. Ruth, of Bellingham, WA., and Aaron O. Kelly and Sarah J. Mercer, of Missoula, MT. He also leaves behind his former wife, Elizabeth S. Sahm of L’Isle Jourdain, France.
He is also survived by three brothers and a sister, and several nephews and nieces.
Services and burial will be privately held in Montana, at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to a charity or hospice of choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA.