Dr. Gregory Aloysius Kelling, 58, Kansas City, Mo., passed away on October 1, 2011, in KU Medical Center surrounded by friends, family and all the angels and saints. The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 53rd and Leavenworth, Kansas City, KS 66104. A visitation for friends and family will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the church. Greg was born on Sept. 22, 1953, in Kansas City, Mo., to Dorothy (Ross) Kelling and Dr. George W. Kelling. Greg attended Rockhurst and graduated from St. Mary's high school. He went on to get a history degree at Park University, where he also played basketball, received his Juris Doctorate from UMKC, attended the University of Kansas for post-graduate studies in journalism, urban planning and public administration and received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College. Greg married his wife, Kathleen Orel on Aug. 22, 1981, in Christ the King Catholic Church and was blessed with six children. The couple lived in Kansas City, Mo., for 10 years, until they moved to Kansas City, Kan., where they continued to raise their children. After merely piquing his insatiable thirst for knowledge graduating from Cleveland Chiropractic, following in his father's footsteps, Greg took over his father's chiropractic practice in Independence, Mo., after his death. This was simply one front where Greg changed lives. He loved his job and patients dearly and besides using his healing hands to adjust them, he also performed ART, acupuncture, sports medicine, and used an all around holistic medicinal approach to cure patient's ailments. Much of Greg's clientele came from the athletic spectrum; he was a personal trainer and coach to numerous athletes. One of Greg's greatest passions was coaching his children in baseball, basketball, and football. The number of lives that Greg touched in this arena is immeasurable. His infinitely optimistic attitude turned many, as he would say, "fafalonies" into real athletes. Aside from coaching, Greg also enjoyed athletic activities himself, especially running and basketball. Some of his favorite Sunday afternoons were spent going on long walks with his children and wife in Shawnee Mission Park and Wyandotte County Lake. God may have rested on the seventh day, but Greg Kelling never did. He was known for working long hours and seeing patients on Saturdays and Sundays. One of Greg's highest priorities was providing for his family and as testimony from his patients, he never was shy in showing his pride in them. Those blessed enough to live out Greg's memory are wife, Kathy, sons, Zachary, Michael, Matthew and Joseph, daughters, Gina and Ali. Also his mother, Dorothy Kelling, sister, Cheryl Nowlin and husband Dan, brothers, Dr. Douglas M. Kelling and wife Sherry, Dr. Brian R. Kelling, and Eric A. Kelling, and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, patients and athletes. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Kelling Children's Education Fund c/o Security Bank of Kansas City. Memories, stories or thoughts for family can be left at gregkelling.com.
Arrangements: Skradski Funeral Home, 340 North Sixth, Kansas City, KS 66101 (913) 371- 1404. [email protected]
Published by Kansas City Star on Oct. 3, 2011.