Colin “Pat” Kelly
December 14, 2010
Colin “Pat” Kelly, age 68, of Winnebago, died on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM at the First United Methodist Church, Winnebago with Rev. Durene Cornell officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Winnebago. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home, Winnebago from 4:00 to 7:00 PM and continuing one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. www.spencerowen.com
Pat was born on July 22, 1942 at Fairmont, the son of Robert and Mary (McNearney) Kelly. Pat went into the Navy on July 30, 1959 where he served as a Gunners Mate. He was honorably discharged on July 23, 1963. After his discharge Pat held many jobs. He did some cooking and worked several years for J.B Pallet. Pat also worked at the Blue Earth Rest Area on Interstate 90 before retiring. He very much enjoyed this job. His greatest joy was his grandchildren. You could just bet that when he and Ashley were together, grandmas rules went out the door. His famous words were “we can’t tell grandma.”
Pat held many offices in the American Legion he was District Vice Commander and the District Adjutant. He also held many positions in his local club in Winnebago. When he was able he was very proud to walk in the parades, perform taps at funerals, and speaking on Memorial Day. Pat was very proud of his Country.
On June 5, 1970 Pat was united in marriage to Cheryle Foster, during that union they had two sons, Ryan and Chad.
Pat is survived by his wife of 40 years, Cheryle Kelly of Winnebago; sons, Ryan Kelly of Winnebago; Chad (Tammy) of Blue Earth; step son, Brian-Sylvia Guy of Albert Lea; brother, James Kelly of Eagen; sister, Mary Kelly of Northfield; two grandchildren Ashley and DeeAnn Kelly both of Winnebago, two step grandchildren Jordan and Kelsey both of Blue Earth, one step great grand child Gavin Boettcher of Blue Earth. Pat is also survived by any nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law, Tim Foster.