Maynard Kelley

maynard kelley
Maynard passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at his home in Hillsboro, at the age of 83. Maynard Jerome Kelley was born on April 25, 1935 at Fordville, ND, the son of Carl and Lillie (Carlson) Kelley. He grew up in this area and received his education at Cleveland District #48 school. He was baptized and confirmed at Quale Lutheran Church in Fordville. Maynard proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1955 until his honorable discharge in 1957. Maynard was united in marriage to Alma Everson on July 25, 1958 at Fordville Lutheran Church. He farmed with his father and brother until moving into town where he worked at the Fordville Co-op Elevator. Maynard and his family moved to Hillsboro in 1963 and he worked for area farmers. Maynard was a long time member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Hillsboro Fire Department, and also of the Bosh Ryba American Legion Post of Lankin, ND. Together Maynard and Alma enjoyed the nearly 54 years they spent together - they had a wonderful 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration in 2008 that many of the friends and family attended to help them celebrate. Alma passed away on April 24, 2012. Maynard is survived by his three sons – Scott (Brenda) Kelley, Tim “Teak” (Mary) Kelley, and Jeff (Micky) Kelley; and several special grandchildren and great-grandchildren (who will be serving as Honorary Pallbearers). Also surviving are his brothers-in-law, Allen Ruzicka,and Albert Krueger, and sister-in-law, Elaine Kelley; and many nieces and nephews and other very dear relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma; his son, Todd Lee Kelley; his sisters – Lorraine,Doris, Edith, DoLores, Yvonne, Avis, Betty and LuVerne; and his brothers – Arnold and Carl Jr. VISITATION: 5-7 PM Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro – and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Wednesday PRAYER SERVICE: 7 PM Tuesday at the church FUNERAL SERVICE: 11 AM Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro BURIAL: Riverside Cemetery in Hillsboro

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  1. Maynard was the salt of the earth. We lived across the street from him & Alma for many years. My deepest sympathies to Scott, Tim & Jeff. They don’t make them like your dad anymore. He was such a great friend. I remember whenever we’d get a big snow storm, here Maynard comes with this big ol’ tractor, come and clear out everyone’s driveway, and wouldn’t take any money for it. I will always remember him as the nicest man.

  2. Maynard was a very special, kind-hearted, humble man. I’m so grateful to have known him growing up as he was a loyal friend to my parents and our whole family. I have many fond memories of him as a little girl and how kind he always was. He would often bring me jelly beans when I would see him on the farm. My deepest condolences and prayers of comfort to his family. Maynard holds a special place in my heart and will be dearly missed. God bless his soul.

  3. Scott and family, saying prayers for God to surround you with peace at this time. Didn’t see Maynard much but was so friendly with such a great smile. I know he was loved by his family and will miss him deeply.

    God be with you

    Don and Georgia

  4. Uncle Maynard is a loving and caring man. He was always interested in what I was doing in my life. I loved my visits with him when I would come up from Utah. I love you Uncle Maynard and will miss you. Thank You for the rides you gave me on the tractor. Love you Scott, Tim and Jeff.

  5. We fondly remember Maynard’s smile and wry sense of humor. God bless his memory and your family. He will be missed by many.

  6. Tim, Scott and Jeff remember all the good and fun times you shared with you mom and dad. They are not gone, but special earth angels that God has called home. They will always be near you in your heart and thoughts. Any one who knew Maynard and Alma were very blessed to have known them. Debbie said it best… Maynard was the salt of the earth. Another angel has went to heaven.

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