Walter Kelly was born at Storm Lake, August 5, 1920, the son of Charles G. and Gertrude Johnson Kelly. He was raised in rural Sac County receiving his education in the rural schools.
During World War II, from August 10, 1942, until his discharge November 9, 1945, Walter served his country in the United States Army in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theaters. Upon his discharge he returned to Sac County.
On September 17, 1947, Walter was united in marriage with Alice Bettin at the Presbyterian Church in Early. Their union was blessed with four children, John, Mollie, Mary, and Alan. From 1947 until 1963 the couple farmed in Sac and Cerro Gordo Counties. In 1963 the Kelly's moved to Denison where Walter was employed at IBP until his retirement due to health reasons in 1976. Following retirement they continued to reside in Denison where Walter enjoyed his hobbies of art, painting, playing cards, reading, working crossword puzzles and visiting with friends and family. In earlier years he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Alice died January 4, 1999 and shortly after her death Walter moved to Harlan, where he had since resided.
Walter died early Tuesday, January 1, at Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan. At the time of his death he had attained the age of 81 years 4 months and 26 days.
He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Denison where, in earlier years, he had served as a Deacon and he was a former member of the American Legion.
Including his parents and his wife, Walter was preceded in death by one brother, Lester Kelly, one sister, Mildred Davis and a son-in-law, LeRoy Remmick.
Those remaining to cherish his memory include four children, John Kelly of Cimarron, Kansas; Mollie Remmick of Harlan; Mary and husband, Jim Hederman of Chino Hills, Calif.; and Alan Kelly and wife, Lyn of Harlan; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Kelly of Vail; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one sister, Pauline and husband, Fred Cramer of Newell; brothers and sister-in-law, Don and Leora Bettin of Odebolt; Helen Bettin of Odebolt; and Lorraine and Paul Fix of Vinton; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 5, at the United Presbyterian Church in Denison with the Reverend Thomas S. Buzbee officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post 8, Denison. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison is in charge of arrangements.