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“I just returned from Arizona and found out about Dan's passing. I want to pass along my condolences to his family. Dan was a joy to see all those...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Robert Hranac M.D. - Estherville, IA

“So sorry to hear of your loss ,but also sorry that we haven't stayed in touch.Our prayers will be with you and your family . always your friend Tom ”
2 of 29 | Posted by: Tom Sneden - McCleary, WA

“Sara, So sad to hear about Dan. I had heard about his struggle and valiant fight. I will always have fond memories of softball all those years...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Dave Zelinsky - Minnetrista, MN

“Marlene, Bernard and family, Understanding thoughts and prayers in your loss of Dan. Trusting he is no longer suffering is of commfort to you...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Mary (Crouse) Sexton - Farmington, NM

“To the family of Dan, I hold everyone of you in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Dan was a great man and his legacy will live on thru all...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Kellie Krieger Snyder - Everly, IA

“Thoughts and prayers to the Kelley family. ”
6 of 29 | Posted by: Amy Ness

“To the Kelley Family, I am so sorry to hear about Dan's illness and passing. Growing up with Diane, I have very fond memories of the Kelley family...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Lori Stoltenberg (Ballah) - IA

“Sara, I am so sorry to read of Dan's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children during this difficult time. May the Lord hold...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Dick Kelch - Ankeny, IA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. I am so sorry for your loss. Take care and know that God is watching over Dan and he is...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: HILERY HANSON - EVERLY, IA

“Melissa, I just wanted to send my deepest and heartfelt sympathies. I've been where you are, and I just wanted to let you know how truly sorry I am...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Susy Ostrum - Spirit Lake, IA

“My deepest sympathy to you Sara and all your family. May God wrap his arms around you all and comfort in you in these tender moments. ”
11 of 29 | Posted by: marcia bibler - terril, IA

“My sincere sympathy goes out to you Sara and your wonderful family. Dan was a good, kind man who loved his family with all his heart. He fought a...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Julie Thiesen - friend

“To the Family of Dan Kelley Many thoughts of Sympathy go out to you today and many hearts are caring in a warm and loving way. Thinking of you and...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Chuck and Donna Tielbur - Milford, IA

“My sincerely sympathies, Sara and family! I haven't seen you for several decades so my memory is of long ago. You were so happy to introduce us all...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Martha Diane Forsyth Haut - MO

“Melissa, I just want you to know that I will be thinking of you! It is never, never easy losing a parent. Remember all the good times and know that...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Sharon Hanson - Milford, IA

“Sara and Family: I am so very sorry for your loss! Sending many prayers of comfort to you all. I hope that in time, you can use all the wonderful...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Jenn Schnell - Graettinger, IA

“So sorry to hear about your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with ou and your family. ”
17 of 29 | Posted by: mandy hoss - estherville, IA

“So sorry to hear of your loss. The few times I talked to Dan and his wife all I could feel was kindness. It turned out that I lived in the same...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Gregg Johnson

“My sympathies to the Kelly families! I remember Dan from school, even though he was ahead of me a few years! May your wonderful memories of Dan help...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Linda(Baedke) Jennings

“Dear Sarah and children, Uncle Bernie, and Aunt Marlene, My husband and I send our deepest sympathy on the loss of Dan. We feel so blest that we...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Connie Churchwell - Houston, , TX

“Kelley family- I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You ALL are in my thoughts!! ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: Cheryl Morton - Linn Grove, IA

“Josh and Melissa, I am so sorry to hear about Dan. I know the difficulty of the days ahead. I am praying strength, peace, and comfort for you and...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Cathy Green - Longview, TX

“Our prayers are with all of Dan's family. With Sympathy, Bonnie @ Mick Umscheid and all of Brandon's daycare freinds. ”
23 of 29 | Posted by: Mick and Bonnie Umscheid

“I am so sorry to read of Dan's passing. He was a very very nice man and will be missed. Our prayers are with you at this very difficult time. If...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: James Roberts - Milford, IA

“My heart is with you Sarah and your family. Times like this are so hard, yet the comfort of friends and family truly do help. I know. Dan was one of...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Julie MIller - friend

“Dear Sara and family and Bernard and Marlene- We are so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He always knew us and was such a friendly and pleasant...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Jean & Steve Oleson - Remsen, IA

“Danny fought a strong battle. He left behind a remarkable family. 4 great children and the beautiful Grand Children. May he be at peace now in the...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Barb ORoake - Waukee, IA - Cousin

“You have our deepest sympathy!! Dan was such a wonderful guy... my memories of him are when he played softball. He was such a good athlete and...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Joan Eveleth - Estherville, IA

“Dan is my Sister Marlene's oldest boy-- making Dan my Nephew..even though Dan was a year older than I -- Marlene & Our Mother could see I was lonely,...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Leo R Brooker - Jefferson, IA


Danial Eugene Kelley, 58, passed away at his home in Terril, Iowa, surrounded by his family on Thursday, January 3, 2013 after a courageous battle with sarcoma cancer.

He was born on October 26, 1954 in Spencer, Iowa to Bernard and Marlene (Brooker) Kelley. Danial grew up on a farm near Terril and graduated from Terril High School in 1972. He went on to attend Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he studied agriculture. After completion of the agriculture program in 1973, Danial returned to Terril where he continued his farming career with his father for over 40 years. Over the years, he raised corn, soybeans, cattle and hogs. Even during his illness, his fighting spirit enabled him to continue doing what he loved on the farm.

On June 28, 1975, Danial married Sara Smith in Estherville, Iowa, with whom he shared 37 wonderful years. Together, they had four children, Melissa, Elizabeth, Adam, and John.

Throughout his life, Danial was a steward of the land, a hard-working farmer, and avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. He was a talented athlete and many years after high school, he still loved playing and watching sports. He also enjoyed playing card games. Danial was devoted to his family and treasured spending time with them. He especially enjoyed the annual family fishing trips to Nest Lake in Minnesota. He also loved his two dogs dearly. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Terril. He cherished every moment and through his cancer journey, his strength and determination touched and inspired many people. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all and will be missed by many.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sara of Terril, Iowa; two daughters, Melissa and her husband, Josh Nelson and their son Jay of Spencer, Iowa; Elizabeth and her husband, Daniel Johansen and their son Brandon of Milford, Iowa; two sons, Adam and his wife, Justine Kelley and their son Brady of Terril, Iowa; John and his wife, Marie Kelley and their children, Peyton and Nolan of Spencer, Iowa; and parents, Bernard and Marlene Kelley of Terril, Iowa. He is also survived by one brother, Dwight and his wife, Carolyn Kelley of Milroy, Minnesota; by one sister, Diane and her husband, Blaze Rosene of Solon, Iowa; mother-in-law, Alyce Smith of Estherville, Iowa and his loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends.

Danial was preceded in death by his infant brother, Thomas Kelley; his maternal grandfather, Russell Brooker; maternal grandmother, Marion Brooker; his paternal grandfather, Henry Kelley; paternal grandmother, Grace Kelley; and father-in-law, Russell Smith.

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