William “Bill” W. Kelly, 94, who founded two real estate companies in Great Falls, died of cancer on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Horizon Hospice Home in Billings.
He was born on May 20, 1918, on a houseboat at Lake Union in Seattle, Wash., to Leroy and Miriam (Lewis) Kelly. His boyhood years were in Los Angeles, Calif.
In 1935 he earned Eagle Scout award with the Bronze merit badge. He graduated from Los Angeles Junior College in 1941, earned a pilot’s license in a civilian pilot program and competed in air acrobatics.
During World War II, he was an air traffic controller in Anchorage, Alaska, Boise, Idaho, and Great Falls, where he married Alice Curry.
In 1952 he started Bill Kelly Realty in Great Falls. Years later he established Cascade Land Corp. and annexed 650 home sites in southeast Great Falls. He also developed hillside home sites in the Bel View Palisades Subdivision. He was director and manager of Fidelity Savings and Loan from 1962-1979.
In retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly traveled many winters to Palm Desert, Calif. She died May 4, 2002. He lived in Great Falls until 2007 and then moved to Sidney to be near his daughter Nancy and her family.
Mr. Kelly was a member of the Rotary Club, Elks Lodge and Sons of the Pioneers.
Survivors include daughters, Sherrie Morris of Clovis, Calif., Nancy Simonsen of Sidney and Carol Reiser of Genoa, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made in his name to St. Vincent De Paul Society, 426 Central Ave. W., Great Falls, MT 59404; or RiverStone Health Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101.