Kelly was born and raised in Syracuse, Kansas. He graduated from Syracuse High School in 1983. He attended Garden City Community College after high school for a year. Kelly moved to Colorado Springs in 1986 and began working as an Operations Tech for Peoples Natural Gas. Kelly remained with this same company for 28 years, continually advancing his career to his current position as Construction Coordinator for Black Hills Energy. He enjoyed his job but most importantly he enjoyed the many different people he worked with on a regular basis. |
Kelly met Leisha Dunlap in Garden City, Kansas in 1985. The two were married in Las Vegas, Nevada September 1990. After marriage, Kelly and Leisha made their home in the Security Widefield Fountain area where they raised their two sons, Dakota and Colton. Kelly's sons were his greatest pride and he enjoyed just spending time with them. The family took many camping trips in the Colorado Mountains during the past 23 summers where Kelly taught his wife and boys how to ride motorcycles and later ATVs. Both boys have grown into very accomplished ATV riders, something Kelly was very proud of.
In 2011, Kelly became a grandfather. His granddaughter, Brooklyne Rose, fondly referred to Kelly as her "Goompa" a title he wore proudly. Kelly was also known as "Uncle" to Derrick, Price, Kolbie, Branden, Zach and Zoe. He had four great nieces and three great nephews all of which whom adored him. Kelly treasured his family and proudly wore the titles of son, husband, father, uncle and grandpa.
Kelly truly enjoyed people and never met a stranger. His friendship touched many lives across many miles.
His wife, Leisha, and sons, Dakota and Colton, granddaughter, Brooklyne, all of Colorado Springs, Colorado and father and mother, Keith and Peggy Gould, of Syracuse, Kansas, survives him. Sister, Kristie, preceded Kelly in death in 1999.
Services will be held Wednesday: November 13 at Dove Witt Family Mortuary, Visitation from 5-8 pm. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday at Pikes Peak Christian Church at 2:00 pm
Donations in Kelly's memory are encouraged to: High Plains Retirement Village, Alzheimer's and Dementia Special Care Unit, 607 Court Place, Lakin, Kansas 67846.
Published in The Gazette on Nov. 12, 2013