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.
Published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Apr. 23, 2019.