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Donald William Kelley Obituary News: Benton, Montana Man, Donald William Kelley Passes Away

Donald William Kelley Obituary News: Benton, Montana Man, Donald William Kelley Passes Away

Don passed away at Sheridan VA in Sheridan, Wyoming on Monday, January 1, 2024. Orville and Delores Kelley welcomed Donald William Kelley into the world on June 10, 1947, in Ft. Benton, Montana.

He was a standout football and basketball player in high school and received a scholarship to play college sports at Missoula and Bozeman.

In 1968, he was drafted into the Army. He received his decision to become a medic after finishing boot camp as the top physical fitness achiever out of 900.

He served with distinction in Vietnam.

The following awards were awarded to Don: Bronze Star, Combat Medical Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.

On February 16 of this year, he would have turned 50 years old. He wed Sherry Black in 1974. Jeff and Steph, his two children, were his greatest achievements.

He watched them play football and basketball in high school and college and saw them create history as the first siblings to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Black Hills State University.

Naturally, he then realized his wish when he was reunited with his beloved Brooklyn, our stunning granddaughter. Her spouse Sherry, their daughters Stephanie and Treva, son Jeff and Layla, and granddaughter Brooklyn are the ones that remain.

The people who passed away 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, 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 numerous nieces and nephews.

Don’s service can be supported by memorial gifts given directly to Gillette Memorial Chapel. Mail can be addressed to Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716, with condolences and memorials.