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“Sorry to see Gene passed away. I didn't know him well but was a classmate at EPCHS class of 1952. Donna Heisel Heath ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“Lois and family Sorry to hear of Gene's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Wayne and Pat Anglese ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: Pat Anglese - Albany, IL - friend

“Gene,Lois and girls.Go way back as friends withthem.Wonderful family.Wish I could be there. ”
3 of 28 | Posted by: Joline Proud - Christiana, TN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
4 of 28 | Posted by: Marilyn Carswell and Jim - Fulton, IL

“Our heartfelt sympathy to Genes family. ”
5 of 28 | Posted by: Dave & Sandy Schafer - Fulton, IL

“A close friend of our family ,great memories ,so many ,would take years to tell ,my favorite is when Gene and I climbed into a old 49 studabaker...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: michael bailey - galesburg, IL

“I am so very sorry to you all for your loss. I can always remember if Gene saw me out side he would stop and tell me a story. He always made me smile...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Julie Swemline Anderson - Fulton, IL

“Sorry to hear of Genes passing.He always had a lot of stories to tell. We are in AZ. so we cant make the funeral but you are in our thoughts and...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Delb Housenga - Fulton, IL

“MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. GOD WANTS YOU TO KNOW HE DID NOT MEAN FOR PEOPLE TO DIE. GENESIS 1:27-31 ”
9 of 28 | Posted by: GHP - PEORIA, IL

“Lois and family You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband and father. We shared many great memories for coffee at Shell. I fondly...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Ruth Bos - IL - friend

“Gene will be missed dearly. We have enjoyed having him as a friend and neighbor for many years. We go back a long way. Our sincere sympathy to his...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Ed and Barb Hager - Fulton, IL

“I feel so honored to have known Gene all these years. So many memories to hang on to and will always remember him playing his guitar. RIP dear...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Ken & Denise {Bailey} Merema

“GONNA MISS HEARING ONE OF HIS MANY STORIES ONE MORE TIME - ALWAYS LEFT YOU SMILING. A TRUE CHARACTER AND NICE GUY. OUR CONDOLENCES,LOIS. ”
13 of 28 | Posted by: Larry Johnson

“Thoughts and prayers from BOB JERI KLAVENGA ”
14 of 28 | Posted by: Robert Klavenga - Fulton, IL

“G-pa Kelly. What can I say; if not that I will miss you for the rest of my life. You were such an awesome person. You taught me that we need to enjoy...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Dennis Naranjo - Eldridge, IA

“Thinking of you all at this time. We'll always remember Gene as a friendly guy who always had a smile and a wave as he walked past our house. Sincere...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Mikel and Mae Stiles - neighbors

“Thoughts and prayers to you. ”
17 of 28 | Posted by: Laura and Steve Hammond

“I will always remember you ”
18 of 28 | Posted by: keith hamm and helen lacina - IL

“Lois and family, With deepest sympathy and fond memories! Barbara (Vander Bleek) Mask ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: Barbara Mask

“No matter where I bumped into Gene he always had time to chat and always had a smile for you.....RIP Gene ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: Kellie Shepard Frederick - IA

“My sincere sympathy to Lois, Joni, and family. ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: GInny Butts - Morrison, IL

“I will always have great memories of Gene. We worked together at GE, and shared many-many laughs together. I am so sorry for your loss. Jerry ”
22 of 28 | Posted by: Jerry & MaryEllen Brackemyer - IL

“i am going to miss you we go back as far as i can remember i will see you again rip ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: beth vankampen - fulton, IL

“RIP Gene-you were a great guy and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lois and your family. ”
24 of 28 | Posted by: Jerry & Diane Van Zuiden - Fulton, IL

“I have so many memeroies growing up around gene and his family.I will always remember him and will always have great respect for such an awesome guy!...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: robin - muscatine, IA - friend

“we are very sorry for your loss. ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: Bill & Marlene Johnson - fulton, IL

“Gene was a happy person, nothing got him down. Lois, you will miss the love of your life. ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: ALBERT & GLORIA WIEBENGA

“So sorry to hear about you husband and dads passing. Know you will always have those wonderful memories to keep him always with you My thoughts and...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Lauri Till - Clinton, IA


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Donald "Gene" Kelly, age 80 of Fulton, died Friday, February 14, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

Gene was born on August 18, 1933 in Butte, Montana to William A. and Evelyn G. (Raguet) Kelly. He attended school in several Western states until settling in East Peoria in 1945. He was a 1952 graduate of East Peoria High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1952-1954. Gene married Lois Ann Rathburn on June 26, 1959. He was employed at the former Patent Novelty Co. in Fulton where he learned the tool and die making trade. He then was employed as a tool and die maker/mold maker at General Electric Co. for 18 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and a former member of the Savanna Moose Lodge. He was a member of the Fulton American Legion and the Clinton Am vets post #28. He bowled a number of years on leagues in Fulton and Morrison. Gene was an avid Hawkeye fan and a Cardinal fan since 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Lois; two daughters, Mrs. Gina (Louis) Grant and Joni (Tony Davis) Scheper; seven grandsons; three granddaughters; twenty great grandchildren; one niece and two great nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; one brother in infancy; one nephew and one great grandson.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 12:00-2:00 P.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Reverend Jim Jensen officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Clinton.