David L. Kelly
1944 - 2020
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David L. Kelly, 76, of Monticello, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at his residence in Monticello, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 1, 1944, in Burlington, Vt., to the late Joseph B. and Barbara (Mitchell) Kelly. On Aug. 10, 1968, he married the love of his life, Bonnie Brooks, in Chesterton; she survives.
On May 7, 1969, the couple gave birth to their only child and apple of their eye, Cindy.
Dave was a graduate and valedictorian of Lafayette Jefferson High School and received his bachelor and master of arts degrees in education from Purdue University. Dave was a member of the Purdue March and Concert Bands and was president of Theta Chi Fraternity.
He taught social studies at Twin Lakes High School for 36 years and assisted with publicity for Twin Lakes theater for 44 years, continuing after his retirement. He also owned and operated Different Strokes miniature golf course at Indiana Beach for 25 years.
Dave was a member of Kiwanis, served as president of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, and was secretary of the Harrison Chapter of the Son's of the American Revolution.
Dave was very passionate and active with Junior Achievement and received the 2001 JA Economics Teacher of the Year award, later the Foellinger Award for Excellence, and in 2018 he received Junior Achievement's highest award, Excellence in Applied Economics.
He was an avid reader, especially books about the Civil War and American Revolution. He enjoyed family genealogy, tracing family origins to the 1700s. He was a volunteer in the archives at the Wabash & Erie Canal in Delphi.
He was an accomplished musician in all brass instruments and bass guitar. He gave trumpet lessons to local students. He enjoyed playing in his former band, the Happy Wanderers, and later the Wanderers. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, where he also served as deacon.
Above all, he cherished his family and especially enjoyed visits from his grandchildren.
Along with he wife, Bonnie, of Monticello he is survived by his daughter Cindy (Steve) Moore, of Cincinnati; grandchildren Grayson Lambert, Katie Lambert, Audrey Moore, Lydia Moore and Daniel Moore; sister Linda Ammann of Phoenix; and mother-in-law Delores Brooks, of Monticello.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by brother-in-law Art Ammann; and father-in-law Ralph Brooks.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church of Monticello.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, with Jay Janke officiating.
Due to COVID-19 mandates on social distancing, seating is limited and RSVP's must be made by 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, by calling Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home at 574-583-5777.
Burial will follow in Riverview I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Wabash & Erie Canal in Delphi or Happy Tails. Envelopes will be available at the church. Contributions may also be sent directly to the entity of choice.
Friends and family are encouraged to share a memory or a message of condolence at springerfuneralhome.com.
Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home of Monticello is entrusted with care.
Published in The Monticello Herald Journal from Jul. 30 to Aug. 6, 2020.
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35 entries
August 20, 2020
Rest in peace. One of my favorite teachers.
August 6, 2020
What an amazing teacher and mentor for all! He was the best at his craft and students first was mr Kelly motto! He inspired me to be a teacher! Garbison family sends condolences to Bonnie and Cindy!
Tim Garbison
Family
August 6, 2020
First class man that influenced countless students and adults at twin lakes high school and beyond!
Tim Garbison
Friend
August 6, 2020
Dear Kelly Family,
So sorry to hear that Dave had passed. This summer I had the occasion to see Mr. Kelly and was able to tell him that he was my favorite teacher in high school. I share his love of history. He always had a smile on his face. I am grateful I had the chance to tell him.

We will see him again. God bless.
Jim Saylor
Jim Saylor
Student
August 5, 2020
What a fine man and a great teacher. After 50 years, he is still fondly remembered as my favorite. I appreciated reading his obituary and seeing all he did throughout his life. A life very well lived, that touched so many lives and left this earth a better place. My prayers go out to his family.
Pamela Whitcomb
Student
August 3, 2020
I knew Compatriot David Kelly through his devout participation in the Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. It was about 1998 that he resigned from state positions to devote to more local endeavors. He was always a fine roll model for presentations and sponsored many fine youth who performed speeches in an Orations Contest.
Mark Kreps
Acquaintance
August 3, 2020
Bonnie and Cindy,

Cheryl and I offer out condolences in the passing of Dave. Cheryl and I worked with Dave for many years at Twin Lakes. His leadership role among TL educators is remembered as effective and responsible. Dave embraced several programs that enhanced his classroom instruction. Among those programs are Junior Achievement and Arts in Education.
Cheryl and Rod Rich
Coworker
August 3, 2020
"Mr. Kelly" was my teacher for Econ and World Problems. Later, I taught JA in his Econ class for several years and we've had a professional relationship for several years, as well. My experience reflects that of so many others ... he left an indelible mark on my life as a teacher and friend with his positive, giving and FUN spirit. His love of Bonnie and Cindy was amazing. With empathy and prayer, Chris
Chris Dold
Student
August 3, 2020
Bonnie, I am so sorry to hear about Dave. He was a very special friend and I will always remember him. Bless you and your family on your loss.
Pete Shields
Friend
August 2, 2020
Dave & I first met when we about 16 years old. We finished high school at Lafayette Jeff and undergrad at Purdue together. I was honored to be the best man at his wedding to Bonnie. We had many good times and adventures together. He worked very hard at his endeavors and always set an example for others along the way. He served his faith, his family, and his community well. I will miss him very much.

Doug Vyverberg Friend
Doug Vyverberg
Friend
August 2, 2020
David and I were Theta Chi fraternity brothers from Purdue in the early 1960s. David was most talented in many fields and friendly to all he meet. I know he enjoyed teaching and his students loved him. He had a very productive life surrounded by his loved ones. Who can ask for more? We all miss you and will remember you brother. God bless you David.
Doug Hendrickson
Friend
August 2, 2020
I’m sad to hear about the passing of Mr. Kelly. I have never forgotten the supply and demand lesson with his daughter, Cindy, as the subject of his example. He always had us laughing and will be missed.
Stacy Haskins (Lawson)
Student
August 2, 2020
Pete Shields
Friend
August 2, 2020
Dave Kelly lived his life with loving kindness. He was my friend and had my respect and admiration. God bless Dave and welcome him home.
Sending love and peace to Bonnie and Cindy.
Patricia Fisher
Coworker
August 1, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to the Kelly family. I will always remember Mr. Kelly’s Economics class (and our Junior Achievement project). He was always so proud of his wife and his daughter and talked about their successes daily! He will be missed.
Tiffany (Green) Ford
Student
August 1, 2020
Losing one's spouse is a very difficult experience, especially when one has been married as long as you and Dave were. I didn't know him, but I'm sure he was a fine man. Sending you sympathy and loving thoughts.
Gail Ludwig
Family
August 1, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Kelly. He was my government/econ teacher at Twin Lakes High School in 1970 and always brought humor and kindness to the classroom. Even though I was often a handful in class, he did his best to engage me and keep my interest. I fondly thought of him over the years as he was an inspiration to me during my teaching and public school administration career.

Recently our paths crossed and I discovered that he had lived in Essex Junction, Vermont where I now reside. What a coincidence. From his obituary I learned about his recognitions and musical prowess. This was not a surprise as he clearly was a man of many interests and enjoyed an excellent reputation in the educational community. He also was a religious man and not only worshipped Jesus Christ but clearly lived his life based on Christ's teachings. He was such a good man.

Rest in peace, Mr Kelly.

Joe Teegarden
Joe Teegarden
Student
August 1, 2020
Dave has a heart of gold. I got to know him through Bonnie while they were at Purdue. He supported Bonnie in everything she did. He liked to taste her goodies. He was always interested in the person he was talking to. He always had a smile on his face. Heaven just welcomed another saint.
Carolyn Davis
August 1, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
The Ammann's
Family
August 1, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Russell Brooks
Family
August 1, 2020
I had the pleasure of going to the Monticello Public Library trivia nights where the Kelly's were CHAMPS! We always had a wonderful time. I'm sorry ...lifting your family up in prayers of peace and comfort today and in the days to come. One of the "Giggle Girls".
Shelby Shepherd
August 1, 2020
Mr. Kelly was one of the greatest teachers I ever had in high school. A wonderful person, leader and teacher. He will be missed.
Rick Whiteman
Student
August 1, 2020
Bonnie,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Stay strong. My thoughts are with you.
Sandy Komasinski
Sandra Komasinski
Friend
August 1, 2020
On behalf of my sons and myself, please accept
our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts.

Suzy Hauser and sons, Josh, Will, and Sam
Suzy Hauser
Acquaintance
August 1, 2020
I worked with David on the Historic Society Board and appreciated his knowledge and insight of history.
Kay (Ladybugs) Hall
July 31, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear about Dave's passing. I had him as a teacher and he was one of the best and so much fun. He was always smiling. He will definitely be missed. Rip Mr. Kelly.
Christina Sprouse-Lyons
Student
July 31, 2020
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July 31, 2020
One of my favorite teachers from high school. Always looked forward to seeing him at church when I was back in town for a visit. Sending condolences to his famy.
Kathy Crouse
Student
July 30, 2020
I always had a very high regard for Dave as a teacher and as a person. He made a lasting impact on my life and we are saddened at his passing. I last saw him at the Presbyterian Church in May of 2017 and we had a nice chat. Was very surprised that he remembered me and my sisters so many years later. Prayers and Blessings upon his wife and family during this time of loss.
James Hallar
Student
July 29, 2020
Mr. Kelly was a great teacher and an even better human being. I enjoyed him as a teacher and of course those Tuesday night golf league at Different Strokes! Sending sympathy to Mrs. Kelly and Cindy.
Scott Kubly
Student
July 29, 2020
For so many of us, Mr Kelly’s classroom was a highlight we looked forward to every day.
Kevin Erdmann
Student
July 29, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about Dave's passing. What a great guy that we got to know when we moved to Monticello in 2007 and met Dave at our church. Dave had a great reputation in the community and we have heard so many warm thoughts about him as a teacher at Twin Lakes H.S. During one of our chats I found out that Dave and I had attended Purdue University together from 1961 to 1965, him in Education and me in Technology although our lives never crossed. Dave will be missed in the community and at First Presbyterian Church...R.I.P. Dave ...
Dennis & Roslynn Boyd
Friend
July 29, 2020
So very sorry to hear about Mr Kelly. He was a wonderful teacher at TL
Eddie & Michelle Greear
July 29, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Marguerite Evans
Friend
July 29, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you Bonnie and Cindy. May the Lord wrap you in his arms of comfort and understanding.
Elainea Conner
Friend
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