Jan Russell McKelvey, Sr. of Colchester, passed away at Middlesex Hospital, on April 30, 2023, after a recent illness. He was 89 years old. Born on October 7, 1933 in Greensburg, PA, he was the last surviving of four children of the late Jacob and Lauretta (Poundstone) McKelvey. Jan was a proud veteran having served in the US Army. He married his beloved wife, Barbara (Anderson) on June 23, 1956. The couple settled in East Haddam on Lake Hayward where they made their home and raised their family. Jan retired several years ago after a long and successful career as a telephone installer. Since 1959, Jan was a member of the Colchester Fish and Game Club where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and most any outdoor activity. He was also a former member of the Colchester Hayward Volunteer fire Department. Jan was also a long-time member and former usher and greeter at the Colchester Federated Church since 1963. Jan will be remembered by his family as a hardworking family man who was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be sadly missed but always remembered with love by his wife Barbara of 66 years; his children and their spouses, Jan “JR” (Doreen) McKelvey of Marlborough, Karen (David) Wilson of Wolcott, Kevin McKelvey of Colchester; grandchildren, Kristen (Steve), Michael (Amanda), Timothy (Andrea), Jeffrey; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Owen, Benjamin, Emily, Madison, Savannah; and many extended family members and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey McKelvey. A grave side funeral service will be officiated by Reverend Lauren L. Ostrout on May 6th at 11:30am at Linwood Cemetery, Linwood Ave. Colchester with full military honors. Donations in his memory may be made to the Colchester Hayward Fire Department or charity of one’s choice. The Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester has been entrusted with care of arrangements. To sign the online guest book or share a memory of Jan, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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