John Paul Kellat (July 08, 1943 - April 12, 2009)

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John Paul Kellat
  • July 08, 1943
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  • April 12, 2009

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 John Paul Kellat, 65, New Smyrna Beach FL who died Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009.   John was born in Cleveland, Ohio and came to this area from Riverside, CA following 22 years of service in the United States Air Force. He was owner of Everything Electronics Enterprises, Inc.  John was ordained in the Apostolic Lutheran Church and served as chaplain for Florida Hospital and was Past State Chaplain of Florida Disabled Veterans. He was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church Port Orange, service officer for the DAV, a member of Sgt Ledgerwood Chapter 92 DAV, Florida State 1st Vice DAV, American Legion Orlando, International Order of Trench Rats Dugout 568 New Smyrna Beach, founding member of Timeless Wings and Wheels Museum, former New Smyrna Beach Airport Authority, active at New Smyrna Beach Middle School volunteering with learning challenged students, and was a Warder in Job’s Daughters in Kokomo, IN. He was a Scoutmaster in Germany and enjoyed scouting activities. He was also a member of Truth and Friendship Lodge 828 AF&AM Furth, Scottish Rite Consistory of Ft Wayne, IN, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 3 New Smyrna Beach and Moslah Shrine Temple Ft Worth, TX.   John loved fishing, his family and reading.  He attended University of Maryland and was graduated from Thomas Edison College receiving degrees in Theology and Accounting.    He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 45 years Dorothy, daughter Theresa McIlraith (Kevin) of Atlanta, GA, sons John Patrick of FL, John Joseph of GA, sister Louise (Alan) Paden of Columbus OH, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, numerous nephews’ nieces and cousins. Memorial donations are requested to National Order of Trench Rats Sector of Florida - Hospital Fund Al Sorrentino, SREG 1054 Bacon Circle Palm Bay Fl 32905 or A.S.P.C.A. 4:00 PM Saturday, April 18 at Baldwin Brothers Funeral Chapel North Causeway New Smyrna Beach   Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Service 1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 (map/driving directions) Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia

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  1. Theresa Kellat says:
    02 Jul 2009
    Oh, Daddy! I miss you so much! Remember laughing at your illness because you beat it so many times? Discussing scripture, grace, faith and going home to God? Getting your new, perfect body... no pain and no tears?And giggling about having you buried face down??!! Well, you finally got it your way! I hope you saw me at your memorial service...I wore the red dress that I promised to wear! I'm so glad we discussed wardrobe before you left. I'll wear it again next week when we put your earthly remains to rest at Arlington. I'm so glad we'll finally get to see the fireworks over the capitol! We talked about doing it so many times... I'm grateful to you for planting the seeds of curiosity into my heart, they've grown! They've made me want to go everywhere and see everything.... just the way you wanted it! I think of you and thank you whenever I have the privlidge of a new experience! We'll leave DC without "you" but with memories to cherish for a lifetime. It won't be long before we're all together with you in the kingdom of our Lord... until then, watch over us. Whisper in our ear when we need your guidance or your gentle words of wisdom. I love you, Daddy.

  2. Me says:
    28 Jun 2009
    Honey, I miss you dearley. Just remember, I will be with you when the angels call. I will always love you my "Superman=My Hero"

  3. Matthew Rossi says:
    20 Apr 2009
    John, you will be missed. You were a fighter and a breath of fresh air in this ever darkening world. Dorothy hang in there. We are all there for you at the diner. God Bless.

    Matt Rossi

  4. Bill and Nancy says:
    20 Apr 2009
    Dear Dotty and family, Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. We have not seen each other for a number of years but please know that when a dear friend loses a special someone, the hurt you are feeling is being felt by all those that love you. Please know that we are with you in spirit.
    With all are love
    Bill and Nancy

  5. Guy says:
    18 Apr 2009
    John was a great friend and mentor. We will all miss him very much. May our tears turn to joy that he is with the Father and free of pain and suffering. We will have many wonderful memories to tide us over until we are reunited with him in eternity and know eternal joy. God bless you Dorothy and family.

  6. kelly blackwell says:
    17 Apr 2009
    Dorothy My Deepest sympathies John was a great man and I know he helped a lot of people in his life,you know I am always here for you Kelly

  7. Jeffrey Vogrin says:
    17 Apr 2009
    I'll always remember the hardy laughs, his passions of conversation & knowledge, and never having a dull moment with him around. With remembrance, Uncle John will always be an inspiration in my life. With love, Jeffrey.

  8. Allan, Lori, Kate and Brooke Pierson says:
    16 Apr 2009
    Dear Dorothy and Family,
    We have great sadness in our hearts upon hearing of John's passing. In all the years I worked in the rehab center at Halifax, there were few clients that me and my family would spend time with outside the program. John was one of the exceptions. I was truly blessed that his path crossed mine and so started a long, great friendship. I hold those memories of the great times we all had together (with Norm, Sid and Fred) very close to my heart.
    Words cannot express our sincere sympathies. I will miss my friend.

  9. Dave & Melissa Vogrin says:
    16 Apr 2009
    We will always remember his passion for life and commitment to education. His knowledge on so many subjects will truly be missed. Melissa and I offer our condolences to all family and friends. It is an honor to say he was my Uncle.

    Lots of Love,
    Dave and Melissa Vogrin

  10. Jennifer Santorelly says:
    16 Apr 2009
    John, we'll miss you. The museum has lost a valued friend and volunteer.
    Dorothy, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
    Jennifer and Vince Santorelly

  11. Herbert Hall (MM) says:
    16 Apr 2009
    Sincere condolences from Truth & Friendship Lodge 828, Fürth, Germany.

  12. Norm Brunn says:
    15 Apr 2009
    Dorothy and Theresa:

    I was going to talk about my friend, John, but he was more than that to me---John was a brother, a confidant, someone who was always there if you needed to talk (or to laugh). I met John in Cardiac Rehab at Halifax, and we were instant buddies. We made two trips to Germany together, and had many late night conversations covering a lot of subjects. We also had many laughs, one of which led to his being called O'Kellat. We were in Garmisch, looking for lunch,(we ate our way through Bavaria) when we spotted an Irish Pub.We tried the door, but it was locked. We had only taken a couple of steps, when two very Irish guys emerged and yelled at us.They asked our names, and we told them John O'kellat and Norm O"Brunn.They got a laugh out of that, invited us back when open later in the day and referred us to another good eating place. From then on we were O'Kellat and O'Brunn. I will be forever grateful for those trips and for the privilege of spending time with "my buddy". John was truly "what you see is what you got". I will miss him, but take solace in knowing that he no longer must fight that terrible illness, and in knowing that although he is no longer with us physically he will always be with us in spirit.

  13. Bhavni & Mukesh says:
    15 Apr 2009
    We will miss you John. I know god has welcomed you with open arms. It was wonderful knowing you as you touched our lives. We will meet again in our journeys.

  14. William Washington FLA Chapter #7 says:
    15 Apr 2009
    In tribute of an honored life - we salute you!

    Officers and Members
    William Washington #7
    Disabled American Veterans
    Chapter & Auxiliary
    Jacksonville, FL

    Denise Mathis, CMDR

    15 Apr 2009
    John Kellat was my friend and mentor, I shall miss him very much. The places that have known him will know him no more, he has passed into the light, may he rest in peace and never be forgotten.

  16. JoAnn Ferreira says:
    15 Apr 2009
    Dorothy-My condolences to you and your family. Your husband was a very caring person. I enjoyed our conversations when you were both in the bank. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    JoAnn Ferreira(formerly SouthTrust Bank)

  17. Sue Crane says:
    15 Apr 2009
    I met John while working in Cardiac Rehab at Halifax. He would bring in his grandson, JP, throughout the years while you were both raising him. I won't forget experiencing Too Jay's with you both, Fred Johnson, Sidney Weiner, and Lori Pierson for my very first time. I still have "Christ's birth in a nutshell" sitting on my windowsill that he brought back from Germany. I think of him when I look at it. He was an incredible man with strong opinions on so many controversial subjects and he called things as they were. No beating around the of the things I admired about him. I am so sorry for your loss and may God wrap his ever loving arms around you and give you his comfort and peace knowing that John's faith was so strong. He will be missed by so many. In Christ's love, Sue Crane

  18. Frank Plescia says:
    14 Apr 2009
    I was blessed to know this wonderful man. My prayers go out to his wonderful wife and family. John was a dedicated, caring, admirable man. John exemplified love and compassion for all veterans. I will miss him dearly. With much love and respect,
    Frank Plescia, Hospital Representative NOTR WPB

  19. Judy McElroy says:
    14 Apr 2009
    Dorothy and Family:

    Just wanted to say I love you all and you are in my Prayers, you know I have learned so much from John over the years and he has helped me so much with my own family. I love you Dorothy.

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