Bud Kelly

Born: Sat., Oct. 11, 1924
Died: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017


5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Tue., Feb. 14, 2017
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM, Wed., Feb. 15, 2017
Location: Davis-Rose Mortuary

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Feb. 15, 2017
Location: American Falls LDS Stake Center

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Bud Kelly, 92, peacefully passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017, at the Idaho State Veteran’s Home.  Bud was born on October 11, 1924, to Robert and Phoebe Kelly in Rockland, Idaho.  Bud lived his early life in Rockland, Idaho.  
The family moved to American Falls after the sale of the homestead in Rockland.  Upon graduation from American Falls High School, Bud received a diploma in one hand and his draft papers in the other, serving in the 17th Airborne during World War II and parachuting into Northern France and serving in the Battle of the Bulge, Bud was captured as a POW, later receiving a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
Bud started his career at Davis Mortuary and served as the Power County Corner for 40 years.  At the time of his retirement, he was the longest serving, elected official in the State of Idaho.  Bud spent the next 12 years as a foster grandparent aiding his daughter, Vicki, at American Falls Elementary School.  Bud married his wife Mary Genevieve Rasmussen on July 5, 1945.  They were blessed with two children, a daughter, Vicki Mayer (Carl), a son, Michael Kelly (Susan), six grandchildren, Carl James, Mark, Matthew Mayer, Kraig, Brock, and Kimbra Kelly, and seven great-grandchildren.
Bud was a dedicated member of the LDS Church, participating in the baptisms of new members.  Bud was proud to live independently until the age of 91, at which time he relocated to the Idaho Veteran’s Home.  Bud was always a talented athlete and as of late an enthusiastic Raiders fan.
Bud was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gen, his parents, 8 brothers and 1 sister.  Bud loved his family, friends and his community.  Bud consistently represented honor, integrity, loyalty and a strong display of service and fairness with everyone he met.
There will be a viewing from 5:30-7:30 PM Tuesday, February 14, at Davis-Rose Mortuary and from 10-10:45 AM Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the American Falls LDS Stake Center.   A service will follow at 11:00 AM.  

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Josiah Dahlstrom
   Posted Mon February 13, 2017
It was truly a great privilege and honor to get to know Bud during his stay at the Idaho State Veterans Home. His service to our country made a difference and we are better because of his great sacrifice. I am humbled to have rubbed shoulders with such an amazing man. On behalf of the veterans home, please accept our heartfelt condolences and thank you Bud for the opportunity to give back to one of America's greatest heroes! May God continue to bless you and your family.

Josiah Dahlstrom, a friend to our local veterans

Sandy Pritchett Munk & Mel
   Posted Mon February 13, 2017
Bud was a good, kind and honorable man. He and Gen go way back with the Pritchett family. He will be missed by so many. I think Bud was one of the most well known and loved residents of my home town. American Falls will always be home to be because of all the good people we know & love.

Thomas Reeves
   Posted Fri February 17, 2017
To Vicki and Mike: Your Dad was one of the real gentlemen who provided a good example of how to conduct your life as I was growing up. My Dad Willard and Bud, because of the "Bulge" had a bond that showed what real men could do. Your Dad helped me a great deal, learning to deal with life. I always enjoyed our visits when I got home to AF. He will be missed.

Best: Tom Reeves (Rowe)

Jo Evans
   Posted Sat February 25, 2017
Dear Vicki & Mike,

Your dad will be greatly missed by all. I remember growing up in the same neighborhood with you and still laugh at all the crazy things we did. I am so sorry for your loss.

Pat Tibor Calanni
   Posted Sat February 25, 2017
Vicki and Mike, I want to offer my sincere condolences on the death of your father. What I remember on encountering him when I was a teenager, was that he didn't seem to have much tolerance for foolishness. And he didn't have to say anything; he'd just look at us! It probably was a good thing.
As that teenager, I didn't have any idea of his World War 11 experiences---he was just your dad. What a remarkable life he had! I know you are proud of the man he was.
Please know that you and all your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Ray and Donna Polzin
   Posted Fri March 10, 2017
Please extend our condolences to the Kelly family for the loss of a good man. I will always remember his compassion when he took care of our loved ones.

Ray & Donna Polzin

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