Chesney Kelly Green, 86, of Topeka, passed away June 21st, 2012, in Topeka, Kansas. He was born August 19, 1925, in Kansas City, KS, the son of Robert Green and Marie (Williamson) Green. He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Green Dillon. Kelly graduated from Argentine High School in Kansas City, KS in 1943. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Nose Gunner on a PB4Y2 in the Pacific. He was awarded several medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Kelly married his childhood sweetheart Dorothy Lou Frank and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas. Kelly's long career with Kansas Power & Light (later Westar) began shortly after his graduation from KU. He retired as Assistant Vice President of Electric Production. One of his many interests in life was to find, restore, and produce electric power with vintage wind chargers. Kelly was an athlete and competed in sports throughout his life. He was an avid participant in the Senior Olympics and traveled to many competitions across the country. He competed in the Sunflower State Games for many years and was named Sunflower State Athlete of the Year in 1996 at age 71. He played slow pitch softball every summer well into his 80's. Kelly also loved to ride his off-road motorcycle and traveled to Colorado with friends to ride in the mountains. Kelly is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy L. Green, son Michael C. Green, Dolores, CO; daughter Amy L. McPheeters (Mike), Lawrence, KS; son Matthew L. Green (Socorro), Houston, TX; grandchildren Adam Green (Cori), Lawrence, KS; Tyler McPheeters, Chicago, IL; Sean Green (Michelle), Olathe, KS; Shannon Green, Olathe, KS; and many great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to join the family to share memories of Kelly's life on Monday evening, June 25th, between 6 and 8 p.m. in the Community Room at Martin Creek Retirement Community, 4950 SW Huntoon, Topeka, KS. (Behind Luther Place.) Please enter on the west side of the main building. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kelly's name may be made to Midland Hospice House, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS, 66606.
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on June 24, 2012