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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009
Joseph Kelly

Joseph Andrew Kelly

Tuesday, November 1st, 1938 - Thursday, September 26th, 2019
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Joseph A. Kelly, age 80, of Gardner, KS, passed away Sept.26, 2019. Cremation. Celebration of Life services will be held at 1:00 PM Thur., October 3, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, 138 E. Shawnee, Gardner, KS. Visitation 5:00 to 7:00 PM Wed., October 2, 2019 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S Center, Gardner, KS. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Cancer Society, American Lung Association or First Presbyterian Church of Gardner. Condolences may be left at

Joe was born November 1, 1938 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the first son, second child of four to Carl and Dollie Kelly. He grew up in Bartlesville, OK, and served in the Navy from 1955 - 1959. He married Joyce Ellen (Roe) on June 26, 1957. They lived in California for the first two years of their marriage. They moved back to Oklahoma in 1959, bringing home a new baby girl Karen. Shortly after arriving home Joyce gave birth to Jo Lynn in 1959, Michael in 1960 and Scott 1964. After being discharged from the Navy, Joe worked at National Zinc and at the Bartlesville Fire Department. They moved to Missouri in 1964 and he went to work at Coast to Coast Hardware. Joe’s company in the early 1980’s through 2002 went through several mergers and had them moving to Indiana, South Dakota, Arkansas, Illinois, South Carolina, and Colorado. After 38 years with True Value (AKA Coast to Coast) in 2002 Joe retired and they moved to Gardner, KS. Joe was a cancer survivor of Merkel cell carcinoma. Joe’s greatest pleasures in life were being surrounded by family and going to the YMCA in Olathe to work out and chat with friends. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing and word games.

He was preceded in death by his, parents Carl and Dollie Kelly, his wife Joyce of 59 ½ years, granddaughters Stacy Fines and Kelly Jo. Surviving siblings, Lanora Kroh, Lilly Ann Brooks, Carla Saddler. Four children, Karen Strong of Cabool, MO, Jo Lynn Clark of Gardner, KS, Mike Kelly of Grandview, MO and Scott Kelly of Perry, GA. Eleven grandchildren, Steven Fines, Matt Clark, Kyle Clark, Jessica Herdliska, Patrick Kelly, Crystal Zachary, Amber Wheeldon, Jade Metz, Heather Van Hoy, August Kelly, Hayley Kelly. Fifteen great grandchildren, Rion Gallagher, Adriene Strong, Cordelia Clark, Maverick Kelly, Vivian Herdliska, Colin Herdliska, Hunter Zachary, Zetta Zachary, Boston Wheeldon, Charleigh Wheeldon, Colt Wheeldon, Ava Metz, Anna Metz, Alex Jo Metz, and Luke Metz.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 1:00pm
    First Presbyterian Church-Gardner, KS
    138 E Shawnee
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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joanne millar

Posted at 08:47am
Scott and Family, and Extended family.
Scott, so sorry to hear about your father's passing. Our prayers are with you all at this time. Cherish the memories. May you feel the comfort and peace of God guiding you through this difficult time.

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