Joseph F. Kaelin Jr. – Shelburne

Joseph F. Kaelin Jr. passed away peacefully on Oct. 3, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston. He was born Oct. 7, 1939, in Cambria Heights, N.Y. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, then enlisted in the Air Force, serving at Chanute, Ethan Allan, and Selfridge Air Force bases as an aircraft mechanic. In June 1962, he settled in Shelburne. Most of Joe’s career centered on automobiles, however he enjoyed his work tending bar and as part of the waitstaff at both the Shelburne Inn and the Harbor Hideaway. He worked at Val Preda’s Cadillac, then at McNash Motors as service manager. He started his own business, J&J Automotive, and then later also worked at PJ’s Auto Village. He was a member of the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts and the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club. In 1985, he and a great crew took his 1934 Packard on the Great American Race. He was a barbershopper, performing in the past with the Green Mountain Chorus and in the quartet, The Yankee Doodles. Joe was an avid sports fan, particularly baseball. He played softball in the Twilight League and enjoyed racquetball. He is survived by Rhonda Kilker; his children, Joe (Sheila) Kaelin III, Diane (Mark) Yanzo, and Donna (Shawn) Gordon; grandchildren, Brittany O’Toole, Andrew Kaelin, Joseph and Sarah Yanzo, and Kayla, Michael, and Erin Gordon; sister, Dorothy Wengler; and half sister, Sue Campanella. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Kaelin; mother, Elizabeth Kaelin; and sister, Kay Vogel. To celebrate Joe’s life, a memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at 10 am at Stephen C. Gregory and Son, 472 Meadowland Dr., Suite 7, in South Burlington. A fellowship for friends and family will be held after the service at 12 pm at the old Town Hall in Shelburne.

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