Donald W. Kelley

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April 30, 1938 - July 6, 2018
Donald W. Kelley, 80, of Colo Spgs, went home to Heaven Friday, July 6, 2018. He was the son of William A. and Verla (Gerlach) Kelley, born April 30, 1938 in New Castle, PA. Don is survived by his children, Sylvia Kelley (Patrick Bymhold), Jonathan Kelley (Tara Shaw), Leslie Austin (James), Donita Bentley (Randy); grandchildren, Ashley Alvarez, Robert Edwards III, Deonne Edwards, Tyreke Wright, Randy Bentley III, Elaine Bentley; and great-grandchildren, Leilani Alvarez and Gyonni Alvarez; as well as his brother & sisters; Richard Kelley (Mary), Lois Kelley & Bonnie Morris (Wayne). He was preceded in death by his parents.
Don was a graduate of New Castle High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Greenville College with a double major in biology & chemistry, and a Master's degree in Education from Oberlin College.
Don taught biology at St Mary's H.S. for 17 years, worked for several lawn care companies as the certified tree care specialist, and in his final years was grounds keeper for the Nazarene Bible College. Don loved being and working outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, rock hunting & prospecting, and recycling.
In the 1980's Don created and cleared walking-trails for Golden Bell Ranch in Divide and Horn Creek Ranch in Westcliffe, without cutting down trees. These included his published trail guides of plant & animal life in the area and along each trail.
Per his final wishes, Don's body has been donated to science with The Anatomical Board of the State of Colorado at the UCHealth, Anschutz Campus, Aurora, CO.
A memorial service and luncheon to follow will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018 at Eastborough Church of the Nazarene, 4123 E. Pikes Peak Ave, Colo Spgs, CO 80909.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association or his church (as listed above).

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Eastborough Church-Nazarene
4123 E Pikes Peak Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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Published in The Gazette on July 11, 2018