Thursday, June 14, 2012

David Everal Kelley 1948-2006

David Everal Kelley, son of the late Willis E. and Betty Rose (Oliver) Kelley, was born March 19, 1948 in Waynesville, Missouri where he grew up and attended school.

As a young man, David enlisted in the United States Army and served his country faithfully until his honorable discharge in 1984. He was awarded several medals which included the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with five Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), Bronze Star Medal with Device (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters) w/ dev, Specialist Qualification Badge for M16, Overseas Service Ribbon (1), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (1) and the Army Service Ribbon. At the time of his discharge, David had attained the rank of Sergeant.

After retirement, David was able to do some things that he enjoyed doing such as crafts and carpentry work. He also had a great love for dogs. David attended the Old Gospel Ridge Church and went whenever he could.

David passed away at 8:24 A.M. Friday, February 24, 2006 in the University of Missouri Medical Center of Columbia, Missouri at the age of 57 years, 11 months and 4 days.

David will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by one son: Eddie Kelley and his wife Jessica of Three Rivers, CA; three sisters: Katy Chandler of Ontario, CA, Barbara Thomas of Fort Myers, FL, and Judy Evanoff of St. Robert, MO; one brother: Mike Kelley of Waynesville, MO; several other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by one brother, Pat Kelley.

A graveside service with military honors was held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, February 27, 2006 in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery with Bro. Jaurel Fincher officiating. Military honors were provided by the Missouri Honors Team. Services were under the direction of Memorial Chapel of Waynesville/St. Robert.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of David Kelley and may be left at Memorial Chapel of Waynesville/St. Robert.

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