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Condolence From: Tom and Linda Hand
Condolence: Steve, Sherry and Kelly Family

We are saddened at David's passing. We always enjoyed his singing and playing at holiday gatherings. He will be missed. We still remember the "apples and bananas" song he used to sing to the kids.
Love Tom and Linda
Friday March 16, 2018
Condolence From: Leo Manuel
Condolence: You are sorely missed with your voice and guitar! Rest in peace!!
Wednesday March 14, 2018
Condolence From: Pattie Urie
Condolence: I am sorry to learn of Dave's passing. I enjoyed many conversations with him on a variety of topics. He was well versed in many areas and had a great sense of humor. Dave lead Emma's Gutbucket Band for many years and gave me much encouragement to play in front of our audiences. He was a great guy and always a real gentleman.
Tuesday March 13, 2018
Condolence From: Nancy and Trapper
Condolence: Heaven's band has gained another voice.

Thanks for the music and friendship we shared, Brother. You are sorely missed. God bless, R.I.P.and fair winds.

Until we meet on that beautiful shore, "Good Night Irene"
Tuesday March 13, 2018
Condolence From: Marilyn & Tom Kelly
Condolence: David John Kelly of San Diego was born on October 17, 1941 in Chester, SD to James and Clara (Rose) Kelly, the third of four sons. The family lived in several towns in the Dakotas and Minnesota because of his father's work as an electrical lineman. Dave was a member of the first graduating class (1959) from the high school in Silver Bay, MN, worked for Reserve Mining to save money for college, and graduated with a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1964. He joined the US Navy and served as a supply officer aboard the USS Pine Island, including tours of Viet Nam. Upon completing his USN service, Dave traveled around the world for several months before returning to San Diego to pursue an advanced degree from SDSU.

He devoted time to self-taught music, singing and playing banjo and guitar in Emma's Gut Bucket Band. In addition, his interests included collecting musical instruments, photography, painting and sketching, carving, swap meets, fishing and collecting fishing gear. He drove a 1954 MG convertible and was a voracious reader of non-fiction.

Dave passed away in March 2018 at home in the city he loved best, San Diego. He was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by three brothers, Tom (Marilyn) of Council Bluffs, IA, Jerry (Cathy) of Babbitt, MN, and Steve (Sherry) Of San Diego, CA. He will forever be the “Favorite Uncle” of Shirley, Patrick, Mike, Maureen, Mark, Aileen, and the “Favorite Grand Uncle” of Danielle, Amanda, Nick, Jack, Thomas, Grace, Kate, and Joe. His persistence, encouragement, wisdom, wit, and interest in others will be sadly missed.
Military Rites at Miramar National Cemetery
San Diego, CA
Monday, April 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Interment, June 2018, in the Kelly Family Plot
Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, MN
Tuesday March 13, 2018
Condolence From: Nicole Dirksen
Condolence: Rest in Peace, "Uncle Dave". 🎶
Monday March 12, 2018
Condolence From: Russ Hamm and Eve Boyer
Condolence: Dave Kelly lived his life well - simply, honestly, in freedom, and doing what he loved the most: making music and getting together with the people he loved and enjoyed. He sometimes declared that he was the luckiest person on earth. In many ways he was. He always maintained a positive outlook on life, even in his last years when his eyesight failed him. His humor and good spirits pervaded gatherings of people he was part of. He was always ready with a joke, a good word, and a song. He will be missed, and he will be remembered. Keep on singing, Dave!

Saturday March 10, 2018
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