HUDSON, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2010)—Joseph R. Kelly Jr., retired Goodyear Chemical Division general sales manager, died Oct. 29 after a brief illness. He was 81.
After graduating in 1952 from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, he began his career in the rubber industry working for Vernay Laboratories as a development engineer. In 1957 he joined Goodyear, and held a number of positions, including general sales manager of the Chemical Division when he retired in 1991.
Kelly had been active in the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, and had served as a director of the organization.
In 1984, Kelly's company honored him when it asked him to carry the Olympic Torch past the Goodyear corporate offices, as it was on its journey to the Los Angeles summer Olympics. In that same year, at the age of 55, he competed in the Columbus Marathon.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth; sons Douglas of Moreland Hills, Ohio; Kenneth of Monroe, Conn.; David of Hudson; grandchildren Daniel, Matthew, Ryan, Sarah, Thomas, William, Joseph and Michael; great-granddaughter Annabelle; and sisters Anne Hoffman and Jean Bair.
A memorial service will be held on Nov. 13 at the First Congregational Church of Hudson, Ohio. Memorial donations may be made to the Joseph R. Kelly Camp Manatoc Fund, Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1601 Main St, Akron Ohio 44309; or the First Congregational Church of Hudson, 47 Aurora St., Hudson, Ohio 44236.