Published: Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Kelly Douglas Jones was a friend to all who met him. His crazy wit, his readiness to help and his loving nature endured him to all. His artistic ability ranged from creating miniature, detailed clay figures and small wood carvings to wooden signs for homes and business in Wall and Quinn, S.D.
He had a love of nature and an insatiable thirst for knowledge, demonstrated in his love of dinosaurs and history. An avid Denver Bronco fan, football season found him and his mother keeping charts and records of each game as they would place friendly wagers with each other.
DB (Denver Broncos) was the last of many dogs to have Kelly as master and friend. Kelly treated each with the love and respect he showed all who crossed his path.
Most important to Kelly were his friends and family. He always had time to help or share in whatever was important to them. His last years were spent in service to his parents as he unselfishly cared for them.
Kelly didn’t have an easy life. He was born with physical challenges that never left him. Growing up, he lived in three different towns—Winner, Chamberlain and Custer, S.D., each requiring him to make a new set of friends. As an adult he continued his varied homes. The Navy took him to San Diego, Calif., Florida and Iceland. He later worked in Denver, Colo., Sioux Falls, S.D., Onida, S.D., Wall and Quinn, as well as Yellowstone (Wyo.) and Badlands National Park (S.D.). Kelly readily made life-long friends wherever he went.
Kelly died Sept. 7, 2013, after his upbeat and courageous battle with cancer. He was 62.
Kelly was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Doug.
He is survived by his sisters, Donna Jones, Mary Kay Molliconi and Judy Uminski; 10 nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and nephews; close cousins, Ron and Ginger Stickland, Rhonda and David Wilhemi; and “adopted brother” Denny (Patti) Terry.
Memorial services will be held in the spring at Black Hills National Cemetery.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com.
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