Dale L. "Kelly" Rein, 100, of Boiardi Lane, Milton, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017, at the Milton Nursing and Rehab Center.
He was born Aug. 16, 1916, in Kelly Crossroads, a son of the late Norman H. and Mary (Miller) Rein. He married his high school sweetheart, the former Elizabeth L. Sidler in 1941 and they celebrated 26 years of marriage until her death in 1968. In 1984, he married his second wife, Catherine Crisswell Budd Rein who preceded him in death in 2009.
Kelly was a graduate of Milton High School. At the age of 17, he joined Troop G, 103rd Calvary based in Lewisburg when it was a horse-mounted group. Troops from the 103rd Calvary joined to form the 190th Field Artillery Battalion, which fought in World War II. In August of 1942, his battery was among 19,000 troops shipped overseas on the Queen Elizabeth Ocean Liner. He fought across Europe, including the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged in July of 1945 as a Master Sergeant.
He built and was the owner of Kelly's Texaco Service in West Milton for 35 years until he retired.
He was a member of United in Christ Lutheran Church, the Elks, the Moose, the American Legion, and VFW, all in Milton.
Kelly liked to hunt and fish. He enjoyed trail riding on horseback, riding motorcycles, and boating. He also had many enjoyable cross-country vacations with his wife Catherine.
He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Dale Strassner, Sally and Michael Engleman, and Patricia and David Budd; one son and daughter-in-law, James and Kathy Rein; four grandchildren, James Farley Jr., Jamie Farley, Adam Engleman, and Kelly Rein Young; five great-grandchildren, Jesse, Justine, and Jacob Farley, Pierce Edinger, and Ryder Engleman; and two great-great- grandchildren, Jamison and Jorden Farley.
Kelly was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; and one brother, Walter R. Rein.
Friends and relatives will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the West Milton United Methodist Church, 310 High St., West Milton, where the funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. David McCarty officiating.
Burial with military honors will be in Mazeppa Cemetery.
Condolences may be shared at www.shawfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published on July 22, 2017