Kelley, Gary Ray

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Friday, February 20, 2015

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Anaconda Cemetery, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.


Gary Ray Kelley of Grubville, MO, formerly St. Clair, MO, departed this life at his home, on February 14, 2015, having reached the age of fifty-three years and eleven days. Gary was born in Washington, MO, on February 3, 1962, son of Lindell George Kelley and Betty Florence Kelley nee Williams. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have four daughters. In 1995, he was united in marriage to Gwendolyn Kay Cowsert nee Gillam, known to most as Gwen, and they were blessed to have nineteen years together. In January of 2014, he began sharing his life with Sherri Elaine Jackson.

Gary is survived by his fiancée, Sherri Jackson of Grubville, MO; by his daughters, Angel Weir and husband, Bradley, of Bonne Terre, MO, Amie Dyer and husband, Bryan, of Tulsa, OK, Amber Kelley of Potosi, MO and Angie Kelley of Moberly, MO; by his grandson he was raising, Skyler Perry of Grubville; by Gwen’s mother, Glenda Gillam; by Gwen’s children, Robbie Cowsert and wife, Melissa, Nick Cowsert and Heather Weakley and husband, David; by Gwen’s three grandchildren; by two brothers, Leonard Kelley, known to most as Bud, of Lonedell, MO, and Danny Kelley of St. Clair; by one sister, Linda Ely, known to all as Kay, and husband, Tom, of Union, MO; by Sherri’s parents, Donald and Yvonne Jackson of Cedar Hill, MO; by Sherri’s children, Jessica Gatlin and husband, Tony, of Crestwood, MO and Sean Ried and wife, Julia, of Fenton, MO; seven more grandchildren, one future step-grandchild, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Lindell and Betty Kelley; by his wife, Gwen Kelley; and by one brother, Billy C. Kelley, Sr.

Gary was a Christian of the Baptist faith, believing in the Lord as his savior. He had lived in the St. Clair area until 1998 when he moved to Tulsa, OK. He was employed as a welder for DMI International in Tulsa for fifteen years. After Gwen passed away, he moved back to Missouri and settled in Grubville. Gary had a passion for Harley Davidson motorcycles and loved to ride. He was an outdoorsman at heart and enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially when his family went with him. He was talented at woodworking and enjoyed working around the house at various projects. Nothing made him happier than being surrounded by his grandchildren.

A devoted and loving fiancé, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, future son-in-law, future step-father, future step-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 20, 2015, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. John Pursley officiating. Interment was in Anaconda Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.