Lawrence (Larry) Kelley passed away peacefully on March 7, 2017 surrounded by family. He was born on Dec. 8, 1935 in Miller, Arkansas to Dan and Mae Kelley, and graduated from Quitman High School in 1954.
Two weeks after graduation he headed for California, where he remained for his life. He married Peggy Stratton in May 1960. That same year, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he proudly served his country.
He worked as a cement finisher for various local companies before starting his own business. Upon retirement, he and Peggy moved to Winters to be near family.
Larry was active in the Napa baseball community for many years serving as a coach and sponsor for several teams. His greatest joy was watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports. Even as his health declined, he still made it to many games. He was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church until his death.
Larry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Peggy Kelley; daughter, Traci Calvert (Don) of Winters and son, Wayne Kelley (Jeannine) of Middletown; grandchildren Andrea Hurst (Mason), Blake Calvert (Amanda), Caitlin Campos (Danny), Austin Calvert (Rachel), Sarah Dixon, Jamie Kelley, Max Dixon, Alexis Kelley, Samantha Kelley and John Kelley; great-grandchildren Riley, Raegan, Rigley, Jordan, Carsyn, Bradley, Joey, Mariah, Kaelin, Jada and Mary. He also leaves behind a brother, Jim Kelley of Michigan; nieces Donna Burnett, Joann Scott (Bill), Amanda Thomas, Carolyn McGee, Betty Snead and Maryann Aultman; nephews Wayne Thomas and Kelley Snead.
There will be a celebration of life on Friday March 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main Street. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Doug Baldridge Memorial Scholarship Fund, 605 Ivy Loop, Winters, CA 95694. Doug was Larry’s nephew, who died tragically after an injury sustained in a high school football game in 1963. The scholarship is still a coveted award given at the Winters High School graduation each year since 1964.