Larry Charles Kelley
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Larry Charles Kelley

Palm Desert, CA - passed away peacefully April 10, 2019 in Palm Desert, CA.

He was born on May 3, 1938 in Tyler Minnesota to Cecil and Evangeline Kelley and studied music at St. John's University, MN., South Dakota State University, University of Oregon and continued post-masters music studies at University Oldenburg, Germany.

After his studies, Larry settled in the Iowa City area and was Choral Director at Iowa City West High School from 1969 to 1997. Over the years, he directed the West High Varsity Singers, Good Time Company and Chamber Choir, earning much recognition as well as appearing on KGAN (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) for a television special. In the 1980's he also co-directed a Christmas album produced by Delta Records. There has been an outpouring of loving wishes from Larry's students whom he mentored over the years, reminding us how he touched the lives of many through his beloved music career. In retirement, Larry settled in Palm Desert, CA where he and partner, Ronald Wheat, spent their remaining years. Larry loved to travel, cared to a beautiful rose garden and kept active with a local swim club.

Larry is survived by his sister's; Donna Hodges of Spring Valley, CA., Nancy Wolfe of Apple Valley, MN., and, brother's Richard Kelley of Golden Valley, MN., and John Kelley of Marion, KS. Larry was predeceased by his sister Georgi MacDougal of Pomona, CA., and his partner Ronald Wheat, beloved partner in life.

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Published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Apr. 23, 2019.
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May 20, 2019
As a parent I appreciated Larry's dedication as a Music Teacher and the memorial performances of the Good Time Company Swing Choir (GTC); thanks for the memories and rest in peace.
Tom Curtis
May 2, 2019
Larry Kelley had a tremendous positive impact on me in high school. He was the first teacher to recognize my leadership skills and helped me develop them. When he asked me to sing something or play a particular role, I knew he believed in me and that I could do it. I developed poise, confidence and some really great memories as a member of the Good Time Company under Larry's guidance. In loving memory of a wonderful person whose teaching made the world a better place.
Rachel Dolezal Leist
April 25, 2019
As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your treasured memories continue to bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.
April 23, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss. May your cherished memories created brighten your days and help help sustain you in these hard times. John6:40 gives us the hope of being able to see our loved ones again.
Erica Ortega
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