Randall David Kelley

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Randy Kelley “Randy Kelley ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Denny Trayer - Bellevue, MI

“Randy was a good friend and rock band player throughout our Lakeview High School years ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Dennis Trayer - Bellevue, MI

“I wish he was here, I miss him every day.... and if he was here he would chew you out for misspelling his last name. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Patricia Noud - Stayton, OR

“Miss you brother........ ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Wilfred Kelley - Lakeville, MN

“The shadow of your smileWhen you are goneWill color all my dreamsAnd light the dawn ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Patricia Noud - STAYTON, OR

An amazing man died on Monday September 24, 2018. Randy was a multi-talented man. Some of his accomplishments included: A scientist-His work over the years was very diverse; Holder of BA and BS degrees from MSU 4.0 Masters from MSU and Mensa card holder; Doctorate from Oregon State University; song writer and singer; builder of furniture and a Yurt when he lived in Oregon; a world traveler; computer expert working around the world designing software; poet; entertainer and photographer for Bryce Canyon; builder of a patio fit for Italy; guitar player; hunting guide; leader of pack mules through the mountains; hiker; lover of birds; Vietnam Veteran awarded the Purple Heart.
There are many awards and other accomplishments that go along with this awesome list. There are stories about Vietnam and his researching the Aids virus. Stories about fishing trips and all the countries he visited; Egypt, Thailand, Cambodia, Turkey, MoroccoMany with his sister Joyce. About his deciding to create some art-He painted for 1 year and then stopped. He was a quiet man, a thinkerthere are stories we will never know. Randy was born in Battle Creek on April 16, 1949.His parents, now deceased, were Wilfred and Ethel Kelley. He attended several schools and graduated from Lakeview High School. Surviving are his daughter Karin Kelley and two grandsons, Chase and William. His brother Hubert Kelley (Carol) of Lakeville Minnesota, Joyce Ashdon (Battle Creek), nephew Brian Kelley of Minnesota, special nieces Tena Kelley Osborn of Salt Lake City Utah, Jody Hart (Battle Creek), Julie Pease (Jim) of Battle Creekand many great nieces and nephews, Very special friends Pat Noud and her daughter Sharon of Oregon and Otto Naesset of Battle Creek. Randy loved musiche recorded over 10 CVD's for family and friends. He played his guitar with passion and expertise. A "Family Music Week" became a tradition. He played guitar along with Otto, Hubert on bass. They have made a CD together, yet to be finalized. Many of those he loved and loved him have written about him. The plan to print all of those statements in this obituary had to be changed. The messages were long and loving. We will reserve them for a trip to Oregon where family and friends will gather to celebrate his life. He will have a marker at in Ft. Custer Cemetery here in Battle Creek. Randy fought over a year with his battle with cancer. He leaves us with hundreds of memories of music, humor and adventure stories. As he talked of many things over the past few months, Randy said he would like to be by a lake where there mist over the water and ducks, He was brave and his family and Otto and Carol were always close by. In good moments we had some music times or we put on aprons and cook's hats and cooked his favorite recipe. There was laughter and there were tears. We cared for him as long as possible where he lived. For the final 5 days of his life he needed professional care at a hospice facility. We were there when Randy took a last peaceful breath. I picture him now sitting by that lake with the mist over the water. I know there is a loon sending him its song on a gentle breeze. Peace and quiet now our brother, uncle and friend. Otto says: Keep it on the 2 and 4 Randy, you'll know what he means! (ORIGINALLY POSTED by Randy's sister Joyce Ashod of Battle Creek)