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Jerry Lee Kelican
Date of Death: March 28, 2017
JennIifer Watt
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Amherst Chapel
1600 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Sunday 4/2, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Amherst Chapel
1600 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Monday 4/3, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Amherst Chapel
1600 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Tuesday 4/4, 11:00 am

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“Jake” “Coach Kelican” Jerry Lee “Jake” Kelican, 77, of Stephens City, Virginia passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Winchester Medical Center. Mr. Kelican was born in 1939 in Charles Town, West Virginia, the son of the late Roy W. and Helen L. Kelican. Jerry graduated from Charles Town High School, Class of 1957, where …
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JennIifer Watt left a message on April 21, 2017:
Jerry Kelican was one of a kind for sure. He and Ann and my parents were old friends from their early years in Winchester. I still remember hearing their carrying on over cards and Monopoly on several occasions and seeing them at holidays. Happy times, good memories.. May you rest in peace.
Jeff Anderson JWHS Class of 81 left a message on April 11, 2017:
Coach Kelican was a great influence on me when I played for him from 1978-1980. His mannerisms, dedication and caring had a such an impact on me. I can still hear his high pitched voice when I missed a block or tackle, " Come on Jeff your better then that" he would say. He always had the time to speak with me about my career or ask how I was doin when I would see him at James Wood football games. Even when I was coaching at Liberty High School (Fauquier County) he made a point before or after the game to come talk to me and ask me how I was or how my parents were. He was and still is a great human being for anybody who had the opportunity to meet him or play for him in our youth. His influence he had on his players and students at James Wood will always be felt by the ones who were lucky enough to have spent part of their youth learning about life and how to be a person of high character. Thank you Coach/Mr. Kelican for making my youth on the football field a life building character experience that I still use today in my professional career as a Athletic Director. The boys from "Gore" will miss you, but we are better off in our lives for knowing you, and giving us the chance to be successful. Rest in peace "Coach" and thank you for your time you dedicated to all the young men and women who were fortunate enough to have know you.
Dave Tusing left a message on April 4, 2017:
Memories of Coach, too many to list. But i will tell you they were all Great! Jerry Kelican was and will always be the benchmark for coaches, teachers and just as a human being. Because of him and his coaching style, i reached out to many youth in this area through Winchester Youth Football League. Coach taught me to care for the player and not the game. Winning is not what games are really about. Its how you play and work with your team mates. Coach always cared..no matter if you were 1st string or sat the bench. he knew how to inspire you without screaming, albeit he had to sometimes to get my feet moving. I will miss seeing him at football games at James Wood or any other local school. But i am better off to have known him, just like another James Wood icon that inspired me many years ago, Coach Walters. These two men are of HIGH moral and character, of which i am proud to have known, I hope when our Lord calls me home, i shall spend days on the field and in the wrestling room...just like the old days.
Katie DeWarf left a message on April 4, 2017:
Mr. Kelican was a wonderful family man, coach and teacher. Just an all around genuine man. He will be missed by many including myself and my family. Prayers go out to his family for their loss.
Russ and Emily Potts left a message on April 4, 2017:
We have lost an incredible human being in Jerry Kelican. Great coach, great guy, role model, and inspiration to his student-athletes! A winner! He could take ours and beat yours and take yours and beat ours! One of the best coaches ever in this area. God bless and love to Ann and his beautiful family. Love, your friends always, Russ and Emily Potts
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Gary Franklin Collins left a message on April 4, 2017:
I graduated from James Wood High School in 1979 and Coach Kelican was a large part of the school. Kraig was in my class from 7th to 12th grade. To me, Coach Kelican epitomized what a man should be; he was confident, friendly, professional and he always, always had a good sense of humor. Coach Kelican touched many lives and, despite the fact that we did not realize how lucky we were at the time, we greatly benefited from his wisdom and his generous spirit. I am fortunate to have had him in my life, if only for a few years.
J.W. COMBS left a message on April 3, 2017:
One of the many joys in teaching, is the touching the lives of students and athletes. Coach was a master at putting people at ease with his smile, friendly gestures and ears. His listen first, talk second approach was unique among his peers. I used that approach during my entire teaching/coaching career on parents, students and players. I will never forget him for that teaching gem of showing respect first, what he knew, was that if you give respect you will usually get it back. Coach was one of the top area football coaching legends of all time, right along with Carrol Reid, Jim Casey, Walter Barr, Ron Rice and Ron Linden............. I'll miss him. On behalf of his 1971 championship team we offer our sincere condolences to the family. Coach was one of the truly great influences of our lives...... thank you coach!
LeAnn Hamman left a message on April 3, 2017:
Dear Ann and family, I'm so very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Please know that all of you are in my prayers. Blessings of Peace and Love to all of you.
Michael & Tonya Ebert left a message on April 3, 2017:
Our deepest sympathy to Coach Kelican's family. He was such an outstanding person and role model. Although he may be gone physically, his memory will live on forever, in the hearts of those who were blessed to know him...
Carroll & Rosalie Mauck left a message on April 3, 2017:
Having known the Kelicans for many years, the community has lost an outstanding role model. Jerry was an inspiration to all who knew him. With sincere sympathy, he will be greatly missed but fondly remembered.
robert cleaver left a message on April 3, 2017:
I met Jerry in 1974. He was already a legend in frederick county. I learned more about him as I continued my career in the school system. I know many of his former students who speak highly of him. As years passed I came to know him better. He gathered his family and helped close and open my pool and I in turn helped him with his pool. To say he will be missed as a man, educator, dad and husband is an understatement. To his wife and family we thank you for sharing him and raise up prayers for you as celebrate his life. Sincerely Bob and Sandra Cleaver
Lora Bickley left a message on April 2, 2017:
I was so sorry to hear today for Jerry's passing. He was so kind and considerate when he would call my office. I could always catch his voice (prior to having caller ID) and he would ask how I knew it was him. God Bless your family on this monumental loss.
Patricia Coulter Milburn left a message on April 2, 2017:
I knew Jerry & Anne from childhood, being a former resident of Charles Town, WV. Ironic, years later, Jerry coached our son in football & Drivers Ed Teacher to our daughter. My husband, Gene, met Jerry in 60's became friends hunting, golfing and trips to Myrtle Beach. Couldn't meet a kinder,caring couple than Jerry & Anne. God Bless
Robin Owens (Coach knew me as Robin DeGarmo) left a message on April 2, 2017:
Lighting a candle for Coach. His example is a shining example for all of us to remember.
Robin Owens (Coach knew me as Robin DeGarmo) left a message on April 2, 2017:
What an incredible athletic director, colleague, and friend Coach was! I will always remember him as an example of integrity, genuineness and compassion for others. He was always so good to me when I coached the freshman cheerleaders at JWHS from 1990 to 1993. He was always so kind to me and helpful when I needed his assistance to create the best circumstances and opportunities for my athletes. I am deeply sorry for your loss, Kelican family. Rest in peace, Coach! Love and prayers for all of you.
jayson roberts left a message on April 2, 2017:
mr kelican was agreat inpact on my life he was afair man when he was a handley when i was in highschool sorry for your loss GOD HAS TAKEN AGREAT MAN ON TOO GLORY
Stacey (Estes) Croston left a message on April 2, 2017:
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr Kelican was a huge impact on everyone's life and will be missed dearly. My heart goes out to your entire family,
Pat Blackstone (Pixie) left a message on April 1, 2017:
So very sorry for your loss Anne - I have fond memories of swimming in your pool and family picnics with Mom and Buddy.
Gene "Disco" Boyce left a message on April 1, 2017:
Coach K was the biggest influence in my life. He is the reason I am the man I am today. I will cherish all the memories from high school as well as the ones that followed. Until we meet again my friend
Diana Baker Cochran left a message on April 1, 2017:
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Kelican was my social studies teacher at Handley High School in the sixties. I have great respect for him and good memories of his teaching.
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Gary & Harriet Pommier left a message on April 1, 2017:
Gary & I extend our Deepest Sympathy to Ann Maria, Kendra and the entire family for your loss. We will keep you all in our prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Gary & Harriet Pommier left a message on April 1, 2017:
To The Kelican Family We extend our Deepest Sympathy to Ann Marie & Kendra for the loss of your husband and father. We know that you and the entire family are in our prayers.
Sue Fales Brown left a message on April 1, 2017:
Sue Fales Brown-1984JWHS; How can I sum up our beloved Coach Kelican in a few words. He was a wonderful, brilliant, thoughtful, caring, and most of all an understanding man. He is a type of man that would never be little you for not being physically able to do an activity. He would guide and help you through it. He always went out of his way for his students. He will be sorely and terribly missed by me and The Class of 1984. Hugs and Prayers goes out to his family, friends, students, and all that were Blessed to have known Him.
Don and Marcella Shirley left a message on April 1, 2017:
No words can help to ease your loss but know you and your family have been in and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers
Ken Minifield sr left a message on April 1, 2017:
Coach kelican coached three of my sons at james wood high school and was a mentor and friend to the family you have my deepest sympathy he was a winner And a great man
Don and Marcella left a message on March 31, 2017:
No words can help ease your loss but know that you and your family have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Jackie Milburn left a message on March 31, 2017:
My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Kelican and family. May this bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain...I have fond memories of Coach Kelican as many of us do, he was our anchor and our mentor. One of my fondest memories was driver's education,coach was my instructor, I don't think he ever forgot the Student Driver ride I took him on and I'll never forget his words "Take the middle out of the road" and I listened to his advice on sticking with little cars, that advice and understanding was the only way I passed Driver's Ed back in 1975. Thank you Coach and "Kelican Colonels Can"! Godbless...
Tyler Neff left a message on March 31, 2017:
So sorry to hear about Uncle Jerry. A great man. Will always cherish the memories of him. Especially those in my younger years when our families would get together at Christmas. My condolences to Aunt Ann, Kraig, Kendra, Kris and the rest of the family. Love you guys!
Patrick Hyland left a message on March 31, 2017:
Jake; You're in my thoughts and prayers, as well as Anne. We had some wonderful times together, with Bo and the rest in Wyoming, Colorado and the rest of the guys. Rest well, friend.
Rhonda Sargent left a message on March 31, 2017:
I'm so deeply sorry for your and your family's loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort and peace.
Craig Woshner left a message on March 31, 2017:
The James Wood Colonels family expresses our sincere condolences to the family on your loss. We are forever grateful for all that Jake gave to the school and our community.
Carol W. Culp left a message on March 31, 2017:
My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Kelican's family. Coach always had a smile and spoke to all JWHS students. He will always be remembered and loved by all. I hope all the good memories will help you thru this difficult time.
warren hackney left a message on March 31, 2017:
Mr. Kelican, I am sorry for your loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad but he impacted so many lives and was well respected by many. Few people leave that kind of impact on others.
RANDY GARDNER left a message on March 31, 2017:
What an epic mentor to the kids at JWHS. I was once one of those kids and his influences are part of your life even if you don't realize it. Coaches like that come along once in a lifetime. This county was blessed to have him around. God bless the Kelican family and we offer you our deepest condolences.
Ann Garber left a message on March 31, 2017:
Bless the Kelican family at this sad time. I remember Coach Kelican's awesome smile everyday at JWHS. Great man and will be sadly missed. May the family be blessed at this time.
James Milburn left a message on March 31, 2017:
My heartfelt condolences go out to Kelican family. The memory of your Husband and Father will not be forgotten.
Michael R Price left a message on March 31, 2017:
godspeed Coach
Chris Grim left a message on March 31, 2017:
I well remember Coach Kelican from my high school days in the 80s. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you mourn the loss of a wonderful man.
Faith Brown Armstrong left a message on March 31, 2017:
God Bless and comfort you all in your time of loss! Coach Kelican was a winner in all ways! He touched lives of thousands making impacts in those lives. I am one of them. Thank you Coach Kelican Go Colonels!
Debbie Harmison White left a message on March 31, 2017:
Jerry was a lifelong friend of my father, Dick Harmison, and considered a member of our family. Our condolences to Ann and the family.
Omps Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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