Christopher Kelly Obituary

Christopher Edwin Kelly
Chris Kelly
Christopher Edwin Kelly

April 29, 1974 - August 15, 2012
Born in Fairfield, Iowa
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Christopher Kelly, 38, died of cancer on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, August 20, 2012 at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 720 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa, with Rev. Dr. Wesley S. K. Daniel and Rev. John Augspurger officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 4-7 pm on Sunday. A private burial will take place at Glendale Cemetery prior to the service.

Chris was born in Fairfield, Iowa, April 29, 1974. He grew up in Fairfield, graduated from Fairfield High School in 1992 and on July 26, 1997, married fellow FHS graduate, Jennifer Jane Elliott. They are the parents of three children, Claire Elizabeth, 11; Grace Catherine, 8; and Henry Christopher, 2. Chris graduated from Wayne State College with a degree in business and information technology and he went on and received his MBA from Drake University in 2002.

Chris joined Allied Insurance in Des Moines in 1997. Over the next 15 years his career with Allied took him to Michigan, Maryland, and Connecticut. He most recently served as Associate Vice President of Sales in the Des Moines Regional Office. He was active in civic affairs in every place of residence, including membership on the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater Hartford and a leadership role at the Congregational Church of Haddam, CT.

Chris loved sports and made life-long friends among his many teammates and coaches. He was a four sport letter winner at Fairfield High School and joined the Wayne State Wildcats football team as a wide receiver. He played basketball and softball in leagues around the Des Moines area. He enjoyed playing golf with friends and business associates. He was a passionate Iowa Hawkeye fan and no matter where he and his family were living, often traveled to Kinnick Stadium and to venues around the country to see the Hawks play. Chris was also very interested in history, politics and current events.

Chris received a Stage IV diagnosis in April, 2005. With great perseverance and determination he went on to attain some of his proudest personal and professional accomplishments since that day. He always thought of himself as a survivor and worked tirelessly to be productive and to achieve his goals. He did not think of the last seven years as a courageous battle, but rather as a life well-lived.

In addition to his wife and children, those left to remember Chris include his parents, Margaret Kelly of Fairfield, Ed and Sue Kelly-who is aboard the USSV Angel Louise, Dr. Charles and Marilyn Holmes of Fort Madison and James Elliott of Fairfield; brother, Matthew Kelly of Columbus, OH; brother-in-law Matthew Elliott of Phoenix, AZ; grandmother, Nadine Elliott of Spickard, MO and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Ed and Louise Kelly and Keith and Ethel Shoemaker.

Cards and remembrances may be sent to the family in Urbandale or Fairfield. Memorial contributions may be made to West Des Moines United Methodist Church or The Mayo Clinic Foundation.

"You enriched our lives and were an inspiration to us all. You will always be in our hearts. We love you."

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West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA US 50265
Sunday, August 19, 2012
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Celebration of Life Service
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA US 50265
Monday, August 20, 2012
11:00 AM


West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA US 50265
Mayo Clinic Foundation
200 First Street, S.W.
Rochester, MN US 55905