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John Kelley

A Celebration of Life Services for John Wayne Kelley, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mr. Kelley passed away at 10:45 a.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Ozarks Medical Center.


He was born April 19, 1939 at Arapaho, Oklahoma to Earl Kelley and Beryl Alexander Kelley. Mr. Kelley attended the Bethany Nazarene College and the Oklahoma University where he received his pharmacy training and on July 27, 1962, was married at West Plains, Missouri to Carolyn Crider. The family spent eleven years living in Alaska where he worked as a pharmacist; while living in Alaska, John enjoyed fishing and flying his super cub float plane. In 1976, John and Carolyn moved to West Plains where he began farming, raising Limousine cattle and working as a relief pharmacist in forty-seven different pharmacies in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. Mr. Kelly attended the Pomona Christian Church.


He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Kelley, of the family home; daughter, Sara Kelley Ortiz, husband, Michael and their daughter, Rebekah, Springfield, Virginia; son, Kent Kelley, wife, Julia and their children, Grant, Ashley, Jackson and Lincoln, West Plains, Missouri; his mother, Beryl Kelley, Clinton, Oklahoma; two sisters, Darlene Miller, Thomas, Oklahoma and Shirley Carr, Clinton, Oklahoma; and ten nieces and nephews.


His father and one sister preceded him in death.


In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Plains Christian Clinic and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at