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Donald William Kelley

June 10, 1947 — January 1, 2024

Gillette

Funeral service for Donald Kelley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 6, 2023 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Dan Holden officiating. Don passed away Monday, January 1, 2024 at Sheridan VA, Sheridan, WY. Donald William Kelley was born June 10, 1947 to Orville and Delores Kelley in Ft. Benton, Montana. He was a star basketball and football player in high school and attended college at Missoula and Bozeman on scholarship. He was drafted into the Army in 1968. In bootcamp he was the highest achiever in physical fitness out of 900 and got his choice to be a medic. He went to Vietnam and served with honors. Don received the following medals: Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star, and Combat Medical Badge. He married Sherry Black in 1974 and would have been married 50 years on February 16th of this year. His greatest accomplishment were his two children, Steph and Jeff. He followed them throughout high school and college in basketball and football and saw them make history at Black Hills State University where they were the first siblings to be inducted into the hall of fame. Then of course, he fulfilled his dream with our beautiful granddaughter, Brooklyn, who he loved with all of his heart. Survivors are Sherry, his wife, Daughter Stephanie and Treva, Son Jeff and Layla, Granddaughter Brooklyn. Brother-in-law Shelley and Anita Black, Sister-in-law Sharlotte and Mike Pulver, Brother Orvie and Donna Kelley, Sister Frances Drube, Sister Loralei and Malcom Shepherd, Sister Colleen and Jack Nobles, Sister Yvonne and Clint Copping, Brother Bruce and Carmin Kelley, Brother Brian and Lori Kelley, Sister Michelle Kelley, and the many nieces and nephews. Those that passed before Don were his parents Orville and Delores Kelley, Brother-in law Richard Drube, Nephew Kirby Drube, Sister Charlotte (Beaner), Great nephew Kyle Marshall, Great nephew Levi Morgan. Memorial contributions to benefit Don’s service may be made directly to Gillette Memorial Chapel. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716.

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