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April 28, 2012
Bross & Spidle Funeral Home
Excelsior Springs, MO
1-2 p.m.

April 28, 2012
Bross & Spidle Funeral Home
Excelsior Springs, MO
2 p.m.
Herbert "Herb" Kelly

Herbert “Herb” Seigel Kelly passed away at his home April 24, 2012. Herb was born on November 15, 1944 in Fairland, Okla., to Roy Amos and Laveta Lavon Kelly. Herb lost his parents early in life. At the age of nine, Herb moved to Sand Springs Home where he found new brothers and sisters.

He graduated from Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Okla., in 1962 and entered the United States Air Force. Herb was honorably discharged in 1967 with several decorations, medals, and badges. After moving to Missouri, he met his wife, Kay Turner; they wed in October 1972. He began a successful career in the oil and gas industry, which took him around the world. He took great pride in providing for his wife and two daughters, making it possible for all three to earn graduate degrees. He often claimed that he deserved a Ph.D. for all the tuition he paid! After retiring in 2006, he and Kay moved back to Missouri where he connected with his biological family. He was grateful for the connection to the roots he lost at an early age.

Herb enjoyed many hobbies during his lifetime including fishing, golfing, woodworking, photography, any thing related to computers, and most recently, gardening and genealogy. Herb had a big heart and would do anything to help family, friends, and strangers. He also enjoyed spending time with his two granddaughters, Lilly and Ebby.

Herb was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Andrew “Bunny” Stephenson and Jim Booze. He is survived by his wife of the home, two daughters, Shawna Kelly and husband, Edgar, of Houston, Texas, and Sara Free and husband, Jacob, of Newkirk, Okla.; two granddaughters, Lilly and Ebby Free; brother, Ron Jungling, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sisters, Barbara Kight, Sandy Stephenson, and Sarah Ward, all of Okla.; biological sisters, Lynne Kelly and Ann Babbitt. Though Herb never had a biological son, he loved his nephew, Ed Knutter, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., like a son.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012, with a remembrance service to follow at 2 p.m. at Bross & Spidle Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs, Mo. Herb requested cremation; private burial will take place at a later date.

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