In Memory

Donald Kelly '68

Jan. 5, 1949 - March 21, 2016 EDMOND
Donald W. Kelly, age 67, departed from life after a dauntless journey with cancer on Monday, March 21, 2016.
His loving wife, daughter-in-law and grandson surrounded him at his Edmond home. He was born in Newton, Massachusetts, on January 5, 1949, to John and Barbara Kelly. Don served in the Air Force at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, SD, where he later met and married the love of his life, Susan K. Sasse, on October 21, 1972.
He graduated from Black Hills State College in 1981 and moved to Edmond, OK, starting his 35-year career at Citgo Petroleum. Don had a variety of passions including amateur radio and loved communicating with others worldwide through Morse Code and sideband radio; his call sign was K5UOS. He recently received a Meritorious Award from the Quarter Century Wireless Association. In addition, he built his own equipment and made one of the smallest ham radios in a Sucrets lozenge box. Another passion was his love of music. He was musically talented in acoustic and bass guitar and enjoyed playing in various bands in Oklahoma City. He loved spending time with his fur babies, Allie and Lucy, and very rarely missed a day, come rain or shine, to take them for a walk in the park.
Don is survived by his beloved wife, Susan K. Kelly of Edmond, OK; daughter-in-law, Laura Young and his grandchildren, Keaton and Kadence of Piedmont, OK; two brothers, Larry Kelly of Moore, OK, and William Kelly of Bloomfield, NJ; two sisters, Emma Kelly of Los Gatos, CA, and Andrea Kelley of Menlo Park, CA; sister-in-law, Kathy Kelly of Lexington, KY; as well as nieces, nephews and many good friends. He is preceded in death by his son, Michael Lee Kelly.
Visitation will be on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 4:00pm-8:00pm with services on Friday, March 25, 2016, at 2:00pm at Crossings Community Church. Don will be laid in his final resting place Monday, March 28, 2016, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Edmond, OK. Donald will best be remembered for his never-ending love and devotion for his wife, loving life, seeing the beauty in everything, being the light of his grandchildren and great nieces and nephews lives and encouraging them to dream big, providing lighthearted and carefree entertainment, and inspiring so many through his love of music. He unknowingly touched many people's lives and we will miss him greatly.

Published in The Oklahoman from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2016