|Birth: ||May 7, 1892|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 1947|
Fred Kelly, 53, for many years a prominent farmer, and livestock feeder of this county, died Tuesday afternoon in Brodstone hospital at Superior after a long illness. He had been there since returning from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., about three weeks ago.
Born on a farm near Nora, Mr. Kelly has operated extensive holdings in this county and in Colorado for many years. He was a life-long resident of this county, living on the Kelly ranch near Nora until about five years ago, when the family moved to Nelson. He was a pilot in World War I and an active member of the Nelson American Legion Post.
Surviving, besides his wife, are three daughters, Gwen of Miami, Flordia; Donna of Columbus, O.; Charlotte of Lincoln; a son, Fred Jr. at home, and one sister, Sister Eleanor, of Salina, Kansas.
Funeral services are to be held tomorrow afternoon at two-thirty in the Klawitter Chapel, with the Rev. Clarence V. Powell in charge. Burial will be in the Nelson cemetery.
The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, December 18, 1947
Fred Raymond Kelly, the son of Edward and Margaret Kelly, was born at his home near Nora, Neb., on May 7, 1894 (sic). He passed away at the Brodstone Hospital in Superior, Neb., on Dec. 16, 1947, at the age of 53 years, 7 months and 9 days. (NOTE: There is a chance that the birth year on the stone is wrong since the dates in the obit figure out to what his age is noted in the obit.)
Fred attended elementary school in the Green Plain District, High School in Lincoln, Neb., and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1918. He served his county in the first World War as a pilot in the army air force. In later years, he flew his own plane in connection with his business.
Fred's mother died as a young woman, leaving the father with three small children. The two daughters, Maude and Marie, became sisters of the St. Joseph Order of the Catholic Church. Upon the death of his father and his uncle Matt, Fred took over the operation of the home farm (known as the Kelly Ranch) together with extensive cattle feeding. Later his farming and feeding operations extended into Colorado as well as Nuckolls County, Nebraska.
His keen interest in the stock business led him to an interest in promoting calf club projects. Fred was recognized among stock men and those interested in agriculture as one of the most fair and upright farmers in the state. He was always progressive and promoted the latest ideas pertaining to soil and stock.
He was united in marriage to Winfred (sic) Jackson in the year of 1920. To this union were born three daughters: Gwen of Miami, Fla., Donna of Columbus, O., and Charlotte, attending state university at Lincoln and one son, Fred, Jr. He leaves to mourn his passing his immediate family and one sister, Marie of Salina, Kan.
His family grieves for his early passing but feels assured that in these few years, he led a rich, happy and useful life. This has been shown by the many telegrams, flowers and letters received by his family. His life was a perfect example of the golden rule. He did unto others as he would have had them do unto him.
Funeral services were held on Friday at 9:30 a.m., Requiem Mass in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Nelson and at 2:30 at the Klawitter Chapel with the Rev. C. V. Powell officiating.
Morning pallbearers: G. Nelson Lyon, Wilbur Portwood, Nelson; Clyde Lehman, Eagle; Langley Price, Colorado Springs.
Afternoon pallbearers: W. L. Wilhoite, Superior; Jeppe Jeppeson, Ruskin; Claire Coles, Nora; W. A. McHenry, Nelson; Langley Price, Colorado Springs; John Scroggin, Oak.
Music was furnished by Mrs. W. L. Portwood, J.E. Portwood, James F. Murphy and Earl Jackson. Earl Jackson, brother of Mrs. Kelly from Dallas, Texas, sang a solo, "Abide With Me."
Interment in Nelson cemetery.
The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, December 25, 1947
Winnifred Jackson Kelly (1894 - 1953)*
Charlotte Kelly Clabaugh (1926 - 2002)*
Plot: Block 11, Lot 21
Created by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Record added: Apr 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26221762