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Dr Wayne Russell Kelley

Dr Wayne Russell Kelley

Birth
Nebraska, USA
Death 2012 (aged 81–82)
Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 100128593 · View Source
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Dr. Wayne Russell Kelley, 82 of Huron, SD, died October 18, 2012, at his home.

His funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 22, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron with burial at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Riverside Cemetery in Aberdeen with military honors by Aberdeen American Legion Post.

Wayne Russell Kelley, son of Glenn and Sigrid (Lindell) Kelley, was born on February 23, 1930 in Scottsbluff, NE. He spent his first 7 years in several towns in central NE as his father acquired teaching positions of greater responsibility. His family moved to Aberdeen, SD in 1937 where he graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1947 and Northern State College in 1951 majoring in physical science with emphasis in chemistry, minors in mathematics and history.

He served as a United States Marine (1951-1953) in squadron and wing intelligence and operations positions in California fielding helicopter units and in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on September 21, 1953 at the rank of sergeant. His fellow Marines' achievements are in the book, Cavalry of the Sky.

He wed Evelyn Larson on June 20, 1954 in Aberdeen. He earned his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1957. He returned to South Dakota and established his family in Huron after graduating from dental school. Dr. Kelley practiced for 43 years. He retired in 2000.

He was a member of the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church where he served as president multiple times and in other capacities, the South Dakota Dental Association where he served as the president of the Southern District of the Dental Society, the Huron Dental Society serving as president for 20 years, a life member of the American Dental Association, the National Society of Dental Practitioners, the Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity, and the Huron Rotary chapter where he served as president and in other offices. His many interests included pheasant and waterfowl hunting, traveling, reading, watching the Minnesota Vikings, drawing, yard work, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn (Larson) of Huron; 3 children, John Kelley (Kate) of Spearfish, Mary (Allen) Harju of St Charles, IL, and Susan (Tom) Fritz of Tucson; 10 grandchildren, Robert Kelley, Megan Zilberstein, Andrew Kelley, Russell Harju, Kelley Bryan, Alanna Harju, Tyler Harju, Rachel Harju, Elizabeth Fritz, and Sarah Fritz; 3 great-granddaughters; and nephews Glenn (Maureen Reeder) Kelley, David Kelley, niece Anne (Marc) Conklin, and many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Dr. and Mrs. G.O. Kelley, brother and sister-in-law, Justice G.E. and Margaret (Archer) Kelley, respectively.


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  • Created by: Barb Jones
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100128593
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Wayne Russell Kelley (1930–2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100128593, citing Riverside Memorial Park, Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Barb Jones (contributor 47367273) .