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Obituary for Garnett Kelly

Garnett Allen Kelly, son of the late Claude and Edna (Hutsell) Kelly, was born on July 23, 1924 in Macomb, Missouri, and passed from this life August 5, 2017 in Springfield, Missouri. He was 93 years and 13 days of age.

Garnett grew up on the family farm in Douglas County with his sister and brothers, Geneva, Virgil, Mason, and Donald. Garnett attended the St. James School, Brushy Knob School, Mountain Grove High School, and graduated from Norwood High School in 1942. He was saved as a young boy at Shiloh Church located south of Mansfield. As Garnett grew up, he met the love of his life, Loretta Rhoades. They were united in marriage on January 29, 1945.

Garnett served our great nation from 1944 to 1946 in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Warren APA-53 attack transport. After coming back from World War II, he and Loretta started a family and were blessed with five sons, Don, Ron, Steve, Reg and Van.

During this time living on the farm, he worked hard to provide for his family. He loved people and serving others. He served as a juvenile officer in the 44th Circuit Court. Garnett also served 20 years as Douglas County Assessor, where he met and sat at people’s tables and ate with them, and occasionally even spent the night if needed to fulfill his responsibilities and meet his deadlines. After serving as Assessor, Garnett ran and was elected Missouri State Representative where he served from 1970 to 1984 in districts 143 and 146.

He ran a successful dairy farm for over 60 years until 2006 when he hung up the milkers for the last time. He raised beef cattle up until this past year.

Garnett was an active member for 34 years at Liberty Faith church. He loved giving candy to his grandchildren and other children in the church each Sunday. He was truly a man of his word and, most of all, a godly man who loved his Savior and Lord. He will be truly missed everyday of our lives.

Besides his parents, Garnett was preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil and Donald Kelly and one sister, Geneva (Kelly) Douglas.

He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Loretta Kelly, five sons, Don Kelly and wife, Jan, Ron Kelly and wife, Deanna, Steve Kelly and wife, Kim, Reg Kelly and wife Karen, and Van Kelly, twenty-three grandchildren, fifty-six great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, one brother, Mason Kelly, and a host of other relatives and friends.


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Visitation

Thursday

10

Aug

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Liberty Faith Church

142 E. Jackson St.
Norwood, MO 65717

Funeral Service

Friday

11

Aug

2:00 PM
Liberty Faith Church

142 E. Jackson St.
Norwood, MO 65717

Cemetery Details

Location

Oak Forest Cemetery

Norwood, Missouri
Norwood, MO 65717


Memorial Contribution

Camp Joy

RR 72 Box 518
Norwood, MO 65717
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