Raymond ‘Ray’ Kelly
Raymond (Ray) Leo Kelly, of Springfield, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, July 15, 2016. Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday July 20, 2016 at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield. Fr. Phil Schotzko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorials to Sharing and Caring Hands.
Ray was born December 7, 1934 on the family farm in Revillo, South Dakota, to Raymond and Ethel (Skoog) Kelly. He attended all 12 years of school in Revillo, where as a junior in high school he met his future wife, DeLaine Marian Meyer, on a blind date. They were united in marriage on July 25, 1955 and celebrated 61 years together. They were blessed with four adventurous and spirited sons. After graduation, Ray worked as a cross-country truck driver before entering a long career with grain elevators serving farmers across the state. In Nassau, MN Ray worked himself up to 2nd man in charge before moving his family south a few miles to Marrietta, where he managed the Farmers Elevator for 3 years. In 1975 he moved his family to Springfield, to manage elevators in Cobden and Wanda for many years. Farmers and family could always tell where Ray was in the elevator by following the sound of his unique whistle. Ray retired in 1997 to enjoy winters in Arizona among many other activities. Fishing to Ray was a passion-not a hobby. However, if he was not fishing he had many hobbies that included woodworking, gardening, playing cards and rummy cube, putting together puzzles and playing pranks and jokes. Ray loved singing and dancing with DeLaine and even took up square dancing.
Ray is described by friends and family as honest, humble, hard working, and always believed “your word is everything.” All in all, he made life fun and was known to be able to fix most anything – always rigging up with his own creative solution.
He is survived by his loving wife DeLaine, three sons Rick (Roxi) of Prior Lake, Pat (Katie) of New London, and Chris of North Branch; daughter-in-law Deb Kelly of Richfield; 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, 1 sister and 18 brothers and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charlie, son Larry, and grandson James.