Donald J. Kelly

Born: Wed., May 29, 1935
Died: Sun., Jul. 22, 2018

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 Donald J. Kelly
May 29, 1935-July 22, 2018
Donald J. Kelly, 83, passed away Sunday July 22, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Don was born on May 29, 1935 in Glendale, California to the late Lawrence B. and Ruth M. (Reddinger) Kelly. He grew up in Southern California, served two years (1957-1958) on active duty in the United States Navy, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University, and went to work for Western Electric.
Don had a strong entrepreneurial drive, and with a small savings and a lot of hard work, he opened his first restaurant/night club in a warehouse in San Jose in 1964. The club was called The Warehouse, and it became a huge success. He later opened clubs in LA and Sacramento, California. The popular clubs hosted talents such as Tower of Power, Styx, Janice Joplin, Cheech and Chong, and Jimi Hendrix.
In 1976 Don made a dramatic career change when he sold his clubs, talent agencies, and other businesses, and became a commercial walnut grower in the small agricultural community of Los Molinos, California. He jokingly referred his occupational change as “going from beer to nuts”.
Love of family and Notre Dame were always important to Don, and in 1982, after attending a football game, he decided to move the family to South Bend to start another chapter of his life, concentrating on real estate investments.
Don will not be here to see Notre Dame play Michigan this fall, but he is sure to have one of the best seats in heaven to view the game.
Don was a wonderful husband, father and friend. His love, loyalty, humor and sense of adventure will be greatly missed.
He leaves behind his wife of almost 51 years, Leslie (Ahrens) Kelly; sons Donald (Kimberly) and Richard (Jill); and grandchildren Myra (12), Brandon (8) and Mason Booth (21). He also leaves behind a brother, Larry Kelly.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert Kelly.
As per Don’s wishes, there will not be a funeral. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Center for Hospice Care 501 Comfort Place Mishawaka, N 46545
Welsheimer Family Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.
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Charitable donations may be made in Donald's memory to the following organization:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

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