Donald Kelly, 83, of Madelia and formerly of Butternut, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Butternut. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2012 will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Lake Crystal Mortuary and will continue for one hour prior to the services at the church.
Donald Ingvald Kelly was born on December 6, 1928 to Emil and Ida (Sandborg) Kelly in rural Madelia, Minnesota. He grew up on the farm and attended school in a one-room school house. On completing his education, he began working for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. He was drafted by the Army during the Korean War and upon his discharge he returned to the railroad for many years.
In 1957 he married Janice “Jan” Evans of Minneapolis. They resided in Mankato until purchasing a farm in Butternut. They lived on the farm for 40 years where they raised their three children. He farmed, raised livestock and attended many auctions. He loved auctions and never found one he didn’t enjoy, it was a full time hobby and he loved to spend time with his auction treasures. He was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and served on the church council. He also volunteered with the United Way. Playing cards was a favorite past time and he also enjoyed having coffee and visiting with friends. Most of all, he treasured the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren.
Don and Jan moved to Madelia in 2004. They say you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy. He may have spent the last few years in town, but his heart remained on the farm in Butternut.
Survivors include his wife, Jan; three children and families, Kerry (Lisette) Kelly of Potomac Falls, VA and children, Meghan and Jason Kelly, Kevin (Debra) Kelly of Fairmont, MN and children, Kolin and Kalyn Kelly, Tania (Mike) Fugazzi, James Donald “JD” Bowers and Ashley Bowers, Kathy (Dennis) Marsh of Storden and children, Lucas, Mike, Matt, Eric and James Marsh; sister-in-law, Hilma Kelly; and many nephews and nieces.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Algot Nelson; brothers, Marlow and Gordon Kelly; sisters, Ilah Otto, Elsie Turbes and Arlene Jacobsen; and four nephews.