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1956-2013. Kelly Voyles, 57, passed away on Tuesday April 16, 2013, after a brief battle with cancer. Born on March 20 1956 in Phoenix, Kelly was an Arizona native and resided in Glendale. He grew up in the Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia, graduated from Arizona State University in 1978 and joined the family business, Pioneer Distributing as a teenager. His parents wanted him to learn the business from the ground up and Kelly spent many teenage summers loading trucks, filling drums and making deliveries. He, along with, Brother Craig and Sister Sally, grew up learning the family business at their Father, Leo's side. From 1979 until his passing, Kelly was Co-Owner and Vice-President. In, 1977 Kelly met his future wife, Janet at Pioneer Distributing. They married in 1980 and together raised 2 sons, Tyler age 28 and Clayton age 27. Kelly, an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed bow hunting and fishing with his sons, spent many family vacations in the White Mountains and also had a love for American made sports cars. Throughout his life, Kelly loved to toil and tinker away on modifying and restoring the classics, ranging from Camaros to Corvettes. Kelly took his love of the road to the air and learned how to fly ultra-light aircraft, once he mastered that he spent many years flying a Cessna 172. Kelly also was a talented golfer.
Kelly is survived by his beloved Wife Janet of Glendale Arizona, Son Tyler of Glendale, Arizona, Son Clayton of Glendale Arizona, Mother Vera of Nutrioso Arizona, Brother Craig and Wife Jan of El Cajon California, Sister Sally of Phoenix, Niece Michelle of Davis California, Nephew Brian and his wife Ashley of Rocklin California and Niece Tiffany Stultz of Chandler. Kelly is preceded in death by his Father Leo.
Kelly will be laid to rest, at the family homestead in Nutrioso Arizona. There will be a private family service on Tuesday April 23, 2013.
Relatives, Friends and Customers are welcome to join the Voyles family in celebration of Kelly's life at the public memorial that will be held on Friday April 26, 2013 at Pioneer Distributing, 1300 N. 24th Ave, Phoenix Arizona 85009, from Noon until 3pm.
In lieu of flowers, the Voyles family is requesting donations be sent in memory of Kelly, to Gompers Habilitation Centers 6601 N. 27th Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85017
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 23, 2013