August 10, 1951 - May 27, 2016
Boonville- Dennis Michael Kelpy, 64, husband of Joanne Paladino, passed away in the comfort of his home on May 27, 2016.
He was born on August 10, 1951 in Boonville, a son of Michael and MaryAnn Pomponio Kelpy. Dennis grew up in Boonville and graduated from Boonville Central School in 1969. He “voluntarily” enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge he traveled and worked at various jobs. Dennis returned to Boonville and on July 7, 1979 he married Joanne Paladino. Dennis’ interests were many. He enjoyed wood working, listening to old tunes and when his son Zachary was young he loved coaching little league. He was especially proud of the fact that he helped form and organize “The Vietnam Veteran’s Get Together” as well as being the founder and “head” of “The Hat Clip Club”. Dennis was very proud to have seen his daughter, Kathleen, graduate from Utica College this year for Occupational Therapy. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville, Boonville Elks Lodge and the Harland J. Hennessey V.F.W., Boonville. Dennis retired from the Rome Lab in 2013 after 29 years.
Besides his wife Joanne of 37 years, he leaves behind his son, Zachary of San Diego, California and a daughter, Kathleen of Utica; he also leaves behind his brother, James (Barbara) Kelpy; sister, Patricia (John) Staton, all of Boonville; a niece, Lee (Leon) Briggs, Ballston Spa, N.Y.; also sisters-in-law, Linda (Jeffrey) Addison, Chazy, N.Y. and Jeanette (David) Loadwick, Boonville.
At Dennis’ request there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Church at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Church Memorial Fund or Boonville Ambulance. Mills Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com
“A Tribute To Our Father”
“May everyone who has ever had the privilege of getting to know this man, raise your drink, smile, and cheers. He wouldn’t want it any other way. Sharing a fridge of Old Mill at 4 a.m. in the morning listening to your old albums, you told us not to be sad when you were gone. You did it all, you saw it all, you got everything you wanted out of life and you were always ready for the next chapters. Thank you for always bringing endless amounts of laughter, love and protection into our family. We will always try our best to make you proud. We all love you and will never forget you.”
Love Always, Zach and Kathleen