Kelly D. Jones__________________________________
Kelly Douglas Jones, age 62, Quinn, S.D., a kind and gentle man, passed from this earth September 7, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospital after his upbeat and courageous battle with cancer.
Kelly was a friend to all who met him. His crazy wit, his readiness to help and his loving nature endured him to all. His artistic ability ranged from creating miniature, detailed clay figures and small wood carvings to wooden signs Kelly carved for homes and businesses in Wall and Quinn.
He had a love of nature and an insatiable thirst for knowledge – demonstrated in his love of dinosaurs and history. An avid Broncos fan, football season found him and his mother keeping charts and records of each game as they would place friendly wagers with each other. They were quite a pair!
DB (Denver Broncos) was the last of many dogs blessed to have Kelly as master and friend. Kelly treated each with the love and respect he showed all who crossed his path.
Most important to Kelly were his friends and family. He always had time to help, or share in whatever was important to them. His last years were spent in service to his parents as he unselfishly cared for them.
Kelly didn’t have an easy life. He was born with physical challenges that never left him. Growing up, he lived in three different towns – Winner, Chamberlain, and Custer, each requiring him to make a new set of friends. As an adult he continued his varied homes. The Navy took him to San Diego, Florida and Iceland. He later worked in Denver, Sioux Falls, Onida, Wall and Quinn, as well as Yellowstone and Badlands National Parks. Kelly readily made lifelong friends wherever he went. He was loved.
Kelly is preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Doug; survived by his sisters, Donna Jones, Mary Kay Molliconi and Judy Uminski; 10 nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and nephews; close cousins, Ron and Ginger Stickland, Rhonda and David Wilhemi; and “adopted brother,” Denny Terry and his wife, Patti.
Memorial services will be held in the spring at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com