John Joseph Kelley |

John Joseph Kelley

John Joseph Kelley, of Aspen, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, in an avalanche that occurred near the Cooper Creek drainage, 16 miles from Aspen.

Kelley was born in Denver on Jan. 1, 1950, to Tom and Agnes Kelley and was the second of eight children. Kelley was a carpenter in the Aspen area for more than 20 years, and in his free time he was an avid hiker and skier, horse enthusiast, local dog whisperer and spinner of tall tales.

He is survived by his partner, Linda Smith, and his children, Robin and Ivan. He is further survived by brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his younger brother, Pat.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. March 20, 2010, at the Aspen Chapel, 77 Meadowood Drive, Aspen.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests that any memorial donations be made to Mountain Rescue Aspen, 630 W. Main St., Aspen, CO 81611 or to the John Kelley Memorial Fund, c/o Linda Smith, P.O. Box 1425, Aspen, CO 81612.

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