Buster Kelley

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Buster A. Kelley, Jr., 79, of Houston, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014. He was born October 30, 1934 in San Antonio to Buster A. Kelley, Sr., and Magdalene Shepherd Kelley. Buster grew up on his family's ranch in Gonzales County and graduated from Gonzales High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1957. He went to work for Pan American Petroleum Corporation right after college and later went to work for Tenneco Oil Corporation retiring after 30 years in the oil industry. He continued working as a consultant in the industry for a short while but was drawn back to his love of ranching. Buster married Gwen Johnson Martin on June 22, 1985 in Houston.
Buster loved the oil field industry and he was exceptionally proficient in this field of work, however there were many other interests he loved as well. He adored his wife, children and grandchildren and cherished time spent with them. Buster was proud of his family, their accomplishments and the good people they had become. He was not demonstrative in showing his love, but his family knew he loved them just the same. Buster was unpretentious, a "good ol' Texas boy" his wife called him as he cherished time on the ranch, driving around in his old jeep, fixing fence, working cattle and doing his best to eradicate unwanted growth of mesquite. He enjoyed hunting and waiting patiently on the front porch for other family members to return from their hunts and listen to their tales. He loved watching the wildlife on his ranch, the deer and turkeys and he harvested a beautiful bobcat this past year to have mounted for his ranch house.
Buster A. Kelley is survived his loving wife of 28 years, Gwen J. Kelley of Houston, daughter and son-in-law, Kym Kelley Maklary and Mark of Baton Rouge, LA., son and daughter-in-law, Tym Dale Kelley and Geralyn of Spring, TX., step-sons, Michael Martin and his wife Angie of Maurice, LA., Daniel Martin of Houston, grandchildren, Kendal Ann Kelley and her fiancé Scott Clary, Kory Austin Kelley , step-grandchildren, Cody and Miranda Martin and Bryce Martin, sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Odell Deal of The Woodlands, brother and sister-in-law, David and Leigh Kelley of Kingwood. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in the Denton Creek Cemetery in rural Gonzales with Rev. Biff Johnson officiating. Pallbearers: Kory Kelley, Bobby Deal, Mike Martin, Danny Martin, Bryce Martin and Cody Martin. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the graveside. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 in the Hankamer Chapel of the 2nd Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway, Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the "Winning Walk" 6400 Woodway, Houston, TX, 77057 or Denton Creek Cemetery 105 CR 491 Gonzales, TX, 78629. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, 906 St. Paul, Gonzales, TX, 78629.

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Seydler-Hill Funeral Home
906 St. Paul Gonzales, TX 78629
(830) 672-3232
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 21, 2014
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