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“Tim and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I remember seeing him and many shows, fairs and events. My band was playing and I would...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Paula Jo (Taylor) Marqueling - TN

“I met Kelley when I lived next door to him and Bernie, I never knew his "real" name until now.I remember spending lots of time hanging at the fence...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Kathryn Eib - Fort Wayne, IN

“Anne and brothers,I am so sorry about your dad. I loved going and hanging around your house as a kid. He will always be missed and loved. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Jane York- Weck

“I am so sorry Anne...thinking of you and your family. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Michelle Roeback - Ft Wayne, IN

“I miss you already friend! I know you are with your Bernie and so happy now! Thanks for always making us smile and your posts on facebook about me...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Angie Broom - Ft Wayne, IN

“RIP My dear friend. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jeanne Woska - Enfield, CT

“I remember as a child going to the Elks picnic on Hillegas Road in Fort Wayne. Kelly the Clown always performed his act yearly, so it was something...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Shawn Greene - Fort Wayne, IN

“So sorry for your loss have one of his coffee cups he signed for me will cherish it and knew him from keltsches snack bar and char kings ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Hamilton - New Haven, IN

“You are in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Ann Kingsbery - Fort Wayne, IN

“I remember my mom often talking of "Kelly" when she worked at Lincoln Life. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times. May God bless you all...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Rosie Scranton - Fort Wayne, IN

Bon Bon at 2016 Clowns of America International Convention in Las Vegas Arizona “I had the honor of meeting Frank and Bernie at a COAI convention in the midwest. Frank was in charge of National Clown week. He did an excellent...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Bonita Love - San Diego, CA

“Peace and love to the whole family. I remember everytime uncle Frank would be at a gig I would ask him to make me a sword with a sheath balloon. All...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Justin Herber - Fort Wayne, IN


Francis James Kelly "Kelly the Clown", 90, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born on March 26, 1926 in Yonkers, NY, Frank was the son of the late Harry and Catherine Kelly. He was a WWII Army veteran. Frank was a wonderful man, dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather to his family. Frank worked with Lincoln National Life for 38 years and was a professional clown for 50 years prior to retiring. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Clowns of America International membership #16 out of 500 membership,1966 National Clown Week was declared by President Nixon, voted Clown of the Week on 8/1-8/7/71. Clowning was his life. Throughout his 50 years of clowning he made many children and adults smile. Surviving are his children, Tim (Cheryl) Kelly of Yoder, Chuck (Diana) Kelly of Fort Wayne, Dan (Judy) Kelly of Lansing, MI, Anne Kelly of Fort Wayne; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by his wife Bernadette in 2011. Service is 10:30 am, Friday, March 10, 2017 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 917 W. Jefferson Blvd with calling one hour prior, Rev. Thomas Eggold officiating. Calling at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue Thursday, March 9, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church or Visiting Nurse Hospice. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.