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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.
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Greg was one of the greatest people I have ever met. One Saturday morning I called because o sise effects of medication. He was with a patient and told me he would call me back. He did and the advice he gave me changed my life at that time when medical doctors failed. Forever grateful and include him in my prayers every
Bernadette Smith
September 27, 2020
Greg, you were truly a light to the world. R.I.P Could use your expertise for some neck issues right now. But, rest in God's care.
Bernadette Smith
Bernadette Smith
May 13, 2012
Dr.Kelling...the absoloute best doctor I have ever been cared for by, never will I find another like him!
January 2, 2012
I was so sad to here about the passing of Greg as a long time family friend and patient I will miss his healing . My family and I are so sorry that we found out after the burial. God bless his family and Mother, Dorothy, we were great friends out northeast. Carol Wall and the Watson Family
November 18, 2011
Dr. Kelling's life journey and passing will leave a vacuum, an empty place, in the hearts and the minds of the people he came into contact with. He was a very unique individual and a gift to those who knew him. May God rest his soul with great peace and comfort. I will never forget his dedication and the valuable guidance that he so willingly provided me.
Mark Rakemaker
October 19, 2011
Kellings: I can't help but smile every time I think about Greg, Joe, Cathy, and every sibling. Quite simply, you have all brought nothing but joy to my life and I know countless others. When I arrived on the St. James scene Joe's junior year, I met a young man - let's just say not lacking in confidence. He was a blast to coach and be around from day one. Although soccer was not his #1 sport, Joe quickly proved that he was a competitor and always playing to find a way to win, in spite of being part of a squad that may not have been the most talented. I bring all this up because obviously the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! I slowly got to know Cathy and Joe's brothers and sisters as time has gone on, but I quickly realized I was getting a package deal when Joe was playing. Greg was at virtually every game as our team doctor. He and Matt gave their time selflessly, working up our boys coming off of the field injured and getting them back out there as quickly as possible. Greg's healing touch was indisputable. His willingness to advise on all things health and performance - wise was non stop. I told Greg time and time again he had a life time pass as our team doctor, and he continued to do so, as recently as our state boy's championship year, even after Joe's graduation. He had a passion for life and those things he knew so much about - and willingness to share them. He also was a passionate Thunder fan. On more than one occasion I had to shut him up or I would have gotten kicked out of the game! One of my favorite memories was in our first varsity season together, in the first round loss to eventual state champ KC Christian (who we almost beat), the referee stopped the game to give me a yellow card. I was baffled as to why I was getting this card - he then pointed to the end of the bench where he had been getting an earful. Guess who?!!! For someone I have not known that long, I fell fast for Greg Kelling and his family. He was a true friend of mine and to all that crossed his path on my watch. After our first historic final four berth (in which under's Joe leadership we knocked off the #1 and #2 teams in the state to get there), we lost the semis and 3rd place game. As we lined up for SJA's historic first boy's final four team picture, I stopped the cameraman and spent 5 minutes tracking down Greg. There was no way I was going to have that picture taken without him. As it turns out that may be the only picture I know of him with our team(s). It will forever be part of my memory book and he, as well as his wonderful family, will be forever part of my life and SJA. God bless you all. Love, Rick Enna
October 16, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Dr. Kelling. My heart is broken hearing of his passing. My visits with him were like "coming home".....so caring and concerned, even the disapproving tone or random eye-roll will be truly missed. Thank you Dr. Kelling for all you have done for me & my family - I'm forever grateful.
Hilary Powell-Schowengerdt
October 12, 2011
To Dr. Kellings family, I am so sorry, I just heard that Dr. Greg has passed on. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a great man, Pete and I thought so much of him.
Edel DeMaria
October 11, 2011
Dr. Greg possessed a tremendous amount of knowlegde, which he was glad to share with others whenever the opportunity presented itself. Also, his desire for always acquiring new knowledge was very admirable and inspiring for the rest of us. I have learned much from him, and for that I am very grateful. What a remarkable person, always trying to help others! Special people like him are hard to find and indeed deserve much respect. He will certainly be missed by many.
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Also a big thank you is due to all of you for supporting your husband and father in his beautiful work. May God bless you all!
Elvana, Steve, Ava & Marge Goeckeler
October 10, 2011
To the family, deeply sorry for your loss. Doc was a servant leader, devoted to his craft. He continuously built up the mind and body of many with patience, passion and wisdom. Thank you for sharing your talents and being a friend. - Matt Baker

Thank you for working with so many athletes across the metro area including Archbishop O'Hara High School.
October 8, 2011
Joe and family,
Know that the prayers of the Jesuit Community at Creighton U. accompany you all these days. If any one of us can be a support to you, please let me know. God bless your dad with eternal life and you all with comfort. --Roc O'Connor, SJ
October 7, 2011
Thoughts and prayers to the family. Dr. Kelling is held in the highest regards, he was truly an exceptional human being and we are all better for having known him and the genuine way in which he cared for all. Chris, Traci, Kristen and Emily Parsons, Blue Springs, MO.
Traci Parsons
October 5, 2011
Dr. Greg touched the lives of many, including myself and many of my friends and family. He truly had a healing touch and God used him to help so many. I am forever grateful for him and his work and the healing that he promoted in the lives of both me and my husband. I will truly miss him! His wife and children are in my prayers. I wish you all the very best. God knows what he is doing, even when we can't understand. Put your trust in him, and lean not on your own understanding.
Lori Smart
October 5, 2011
The thoughts and prayers of the Ventura family are with the Kellings.
Joseph Ventura D.C.
October 5, 2011
I was fortunate enough to be Greg Kelling's high school football coach. He was a major contributor to our success. I labeled Greg as a consummate thinker. Each week after giving the players the opponents' scouting report there was always one inquisitive face (GK) who had the look of "Coach, I think I may have a better way." We are all better because of Greg Kelling.
Bill and Janice Cox
October 5, 2011
Our prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time of loss. May God hold all of you close with His love and support.
Renee and Gary Anderson
October 4, 2011
It's really hard to find the words to express how I feel about Dr. Kelling, he gave me a job when no one else would and from that first day we grew to be like family. I loved and cared for him. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. Im so sorry for your loss Kathy and kids, I miss and love you all and hope that you can find peace in this trying time.
Natalie Rinehart
October 4, 2011
We're going to miss you Dr. Greg! In the short time we've known you, Patience & I have come to respect and appreciate you as well. We are so thankful for the time we had! May God bless your wife & children with peace. Our prayers are with you all!
Judith Lindhardt
October 4, 2011
I was a patient of Dr. Greg last year. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. He always spoke warmly of his father and all of this family. May God be with you all in your time of loss. He will be sorely missed.
Norma Parker
October 4, 2011
Kathy and Cousins - I'm so very sorry. I know I haven't seen you all in a long time, but Greg and his family were such an important part of my childhood. My thoughts and prayers are with you all
Ruthanne Greeley
October 4, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family at this very sad time. Stay strong & remember, Greg is no longer suffering and he is at peace with our Lord.
Sincerely, Diana Zule
October 4, 2011
He will be missed. One of the most wonderful people I had the pleasure of knowing. Me and My family will keep you in our prayers. God Bless. (Jerry D. Adams~Patient)
Jerry Adams
October 4, 2011
Kathy and family - we are so sorry to hear of Greg's passing. May he now rest in peace. He has been on a very long road. We love you all.
Oley and Sharon Baker and family
October 4, 2011
I knew Greg in high school and had the opportunity to compete with him in sports. He was a fierce competitor on the field and a scholar off the field. I am saddened to hear about his passing. My condolence to Greg’s family during this hard time.
Gary Conway
October 3, 2011
We have many memories of Uncle Greg. Everytime we look in our supplement cabinet of millions of Standard Process bottles we remember you. Greg's word was gold. Whatever he told Dan that would fix our ouchies, he was right. Catelyn, of course, the competitive gymnast, will miss coming into see her Uncle Greg each week to fix her injuries and wear and tear on her body from the ridiculous things she does. Greg was one of her biggest cheerleaders, was always on Catelyn's side and always told her how good she was going to be. There was such a special bond between the 2 of them because of their love for athletics. All the gymnasts wanted to come see "Catelyn's Uncle Greg" to heal their hurts. Patrick was "Bub" to Greg. They would crack each other up because they are 2 of the most unique creatures God created, never apologizing for who they are!! Catelyn reminded me of a time that Patrick, Greg, and Adam were playing RockBand and Greg was singing his lungs out(off key of course) but he didn't care! They were the coolest RockBand ever!! May we all be reminded of the way Greg lived! Getting the most out of everyday, putting others ahead of himself, and leaving a legacy for his family. What an amazing man that did so much in such a short time he had on this earth! Look forward to seeing you in heaven again! Love, Dan, Jodie, Catelyn & Patrick Orel
The Orels
October 3, 2011
Kathy and family I am so sorry to hear about Greg he was a good man My love and prayers are with you all.
Debbie Weaver
October 3, 2011
Greg Kelling Family,
My thoughts and prayers goes out to each and everyone of you. I, as countless others, were so blessed to have known Greg. He not only treated me for over 30 years, he treated all my Cross Country athletes as well, always working them in to his busy schedule when an injury occurred, particularly before a meet. Just walking into his office and seeing his great smile, and his acknowledgement of you, would make you feel better. We all have truly lost a great man who touched so many lives.
Marie Schubert
October 3, 2011
It is with much sadness to hear that Greg passed away. He was a heck of a guy and will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Kelling family. May the good Lord provide you with comfort in this most difficult time.

John Devero
John Devero
October 3, 2011
Matt and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your mother and brothers and sisters at this difficult time. We have heard so many wonderful things about your father. Truly, your family has been greatly blessed. May you find peace and comfort knowing you are in the hearts and prayers of so many people at this time.
The Regan Family
Jane Regan
October 3, 2011
One of the greatest blessings in my life has been the privilege of having Dr. Greg Kelling as doctor, mentor, colleague and most of all best friend for 25 years.
He was one of the most accomplished natural physicians in a very wide area and more importantly, one of the kindest, most generous and compassionate people I have ever known.
His gifts and talents are well represented by his wonderful family. We are very thankful to his wife and family for sharing him with the many of us who will miss this great man.
Kathy, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dr. Mark and Linda Calandro
Mark Calandro
October 3, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the entire Kelling and Orel families. Nothing really can be said to explain this or make the hurt feel better.

Wes Griffin
October 3, 2011
My sympathy and prayers are with Kathy and your family. Greg was a great healer, friend and a wise man. He did so much good for his family and patients and I will miss my friend. This area lost a valued Physician and another grad of St. Mary's. Be at peace, Greg!
Stephen Eller
October 3, 2011
I extend my sympathy to the family on the passing of Dr. Greg as I called him. I will remember his smile as he talked about his children. Dr. Greg was always available to his patients and I will miss him. He provided the best of care to his patients.

May God bring the family peace and comfort and your faith sustain you in this time of loss.
Mary Stuart
October 3, 2011
I don't know that I have ever known a man more full of love, faith, and a desire to help others. My heart goes out to his family, and also to all of those who have been healed by him. Maybe now, in Heaven where there are no tears and no suffering, he will finally get a day off work. Bless your heart, Greg.
Cathy Merrill
October 3, 2011
Dear Kathy and family,
Dr. Greg will be missed. My heart goes out to all of you. You all will be in my prayers.
Blessings to All,
Nina Bloecher
October 3, 2011
Kathy you and your family are in our prayers. May God hold all of you in his hands.
Terry and Bob Vildibill
October 3, 2011
Dear God, Take good care of Greg and be with his family at this most difficult time. I have many fond memories of Greg from High School-how he could make me laugh and what handsome legs to watch during basketball season-know he's grinning on that..he also took care of me and my son on occasion and was always grateful for his help. Your smile and givingness shall be missed my friend. Hugs to you and peace to your family
Dawn Nesbitt
October 3, 2011
Dr Kelling, pushed everyone one of us in the healing community to test our own boundaries of knowledge and healing. An angel has left us, but still lives in all of our work.. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kelling family. Bob Knust and family
Bob Knust
October 3, 2011
Beautiful obituary for a beautiful man. The Quirarte family offers our
deepest sympathy. We loved and respected him dearly, he will be
missed terribly. Our thoughts are with you. Marlee Quirarte and family
October 3, 2011
Know that your family is in my prayers. May you be graced with wonderful memories of husband and dad and may he send you his special healing from above. I am very grateful for the healing I received from him.
Sister Barbara Schrader
October 3, 2011
My memories are of Greg in high school. Sad to hear of his passing and my thoughts are with you and your family.
Denise (Collins) Potter formerly from Independence, MO
October 3, 2011
Kathy and kids, may your happy memories be comforting at this sad time. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Linda Riley
October 3, 2011
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