Andrew “Andy” Murell Kelly of Viburnum, Missouri was born March 26, 1931 in Hemet, California to Rosa May Reynolds and Andrew Venus Kelly and passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the age of 89 years.
Andy entered the U.S. Navy and served his country for two terms. The first term was from 1952-1955 and second term was 1956-1958.
Andrew married Bernadette “Bunny” Kelly on May 27, 1961. They resided in California for 17 years and then found their way to Missouri.
Andy accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior on October 25, 1970. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Viburnum, Missouri.
Andy spent several years driving as a teamster in California, then in Missouri. He and Bunny were team drivers for Wayne Daniels Trucking Company for several years and Tracker Marine Boats of Lebanon, Missouri. He also worked as a security guard for Global Security at the Doe Run Company in Viburnum, Missouri. He also enjoyed volunteering at Stonecrest Healthcare in Viburnum.
Andy was a member of the CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) for over 18 years. His biggest enjoyment was when he and his wife purchased their trike and traveled across country.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Rosa Kelly; wife, Bernadette “Bunny” Kelly; son, Brian Kelly; daughter, Catherine (James) Umfress; grandson, Chad Umfress; and great grandson, Eric Kelly.
He is survived by one daughter, Christine (Chris) Renner of Cuba, Missouri; three sons, Tim Kelly, Pat (Tammy) Kelly, all of Viburnum, Missouri and Bob (Amy) Kelly of Leasburg, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Anthony (Racheal) Kelly of Viburnum, Missouri, Jon (Marcia) Kelly of Neosho, Missouri, Brittany (Matt) Duncan of Viburnum, Missouri, Cody Umfress of Barnhart, Missouri, Corey Umfress of Cuba, Missouri, Andrea Kelly and Bethany Kelly of Leasburg, Missouri, Drew Renner and Kyle Renner of Cuba, Missouri, Kevin Kelly and Allison Lee of Batesville, Arkansas; 20 great grandchildren; one sister, Arvella “Mickey” Horner of Steelville, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Celebration of Life was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Terry King officiating. The obituary was read by Pat Kelly. Special music of “Eastern Gate” was sung by Pat Kelly and “Homesick” was sung by Amy Kelly. Two poems were read by Tammy Kelly.
Committal prayer and interment with full military honors by the U.S. Navy, Salem American Legion Post 99, Patriot Guard and the Christian Motorcycle Association in the Viburnum Cemetery in Viburnum, Missouri.
Casket bearers were Anthony Kelly, Jon Kelly, Matt Duncan, Corey Umfress, Cody Umfress, Kevin Kelly and Christopher Horton.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.
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