Steven Charles Kelly

7 February, 19529 November, 2020

Steven Charles “Pete” Kelly was born February 7, 1952 to Dorothy Virginia (Taylor) and John Thomas Kelly.

He entered into eternal rest on November 9, 2020. He was preceded in death by both parents and his sisters, Naomi Freemon and Geneva “Gigi” Wolcheski.

Steve grew up on the West Side of Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Manual High School in 1970. He attended Baker University and was a standout athlete in both football and track. He graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and was named an Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1974.

Steve had a brief career with Allstate Insurance, but his greatest achievements were made as an educator in the Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri School Districts and as a Regional Math Coach for the Missouri Math Academy. He retired from the school district in 2010.

He was known for his love of cars and enjoyed restoring vintage Chevy vehicles. In his retirement, he taught himself to play the saxophone, spending hours playing and creating his own arrangements of music. He also learned to restore and rebuild clarinets and saxophones with the desire to donate them to students.

To honor his life and legacy, he leaves four brothers, Johnn, William, Laurence, and James Kelly, beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of cherished family members and longtime friends.

A legacy foundation scholarship fund has been established in Steve's Name. Please click on the scholarship link below which will take you to the online donation site.


  • Private Graveside Funeral Service for Immediate Family Only - Guests please view graveside service using Livestream Link due to COVID Concerns

    Saturday, 10 April , 2021



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Peggy Moyer

4 April 2021

I guess I looked up Steve because I hadn't seen a post from him for a while... I was so shocked to learn of his passing. We had many conversations about a year and a half ago.... He told me great stories of his growing up, his love of music ... He was so proud of teaching himself to play the sax. I'm deeply saddened to learn if his passing, but I also know how strong he was in faith. I hope that comforts his family and friends to know still see him again one day. Rest in peace you sweet sweet man.

Savannah Jackson

17 March 2021

I had a crush on Steven from kindergarten through Jr. High. My deepest condolences to his family. May the Lord bless you and keep you!!!

Sheila Bush

17 March 2021

Remembering you this Holiday Season and on this Christmas Day🎄. Steve, Pete, Peterson, “Senior Citzen”😂🤣, you are forever in my heart. ❤️💔🎷🎶🎵
Sheila Bush

Vicki Peschken Nelson

22 December 2020

I will always cherish our friendship at Baker University. You helped me get through several classes with your sense of humor and smile. We had many laughs and great conversations. You will definitely be missed!!!!
Rest in Peace Dear Friend. This is a loss not only for his Friends and Family, but also for his former Students and Colleagues.

Luella Johnson

1 December 2020

My heart is deeply saddened to learn of the death of my friend Steve Kelly. We never met or spoke in person but for over a year his was that calming peaceful voice I grew find of and looked forward to hearing each time we spoke on the phone. We shared a mutual love of music and I would tell him of my plans to return to playing the flute in retirement as I had for a few years as a child. He always encouraged me to do so, even suggesting online used instrument sites I could check out. I loved hearing Steve talk about his practice sessions as he teased me that one day we could play a tune together, he on the sax and me on my flute. I had no idea Steve was ill or had any health concerns mentioned to me. Our last conversation ended with Steve sending me a quote from the Bible as I had spoken to him while grieving the recent loss of my sister to breast cancer. He was a kind hearted and beautiful person whom I will never forget. Rest in peace my friend. I love you always in my heart "Peterson"

Bernie Grado

27 November 2020

I knew Steve since kinder at Douglas school, and we became friends throughout the years, he later played 6 man tackle at the Guadalupe center where we went undefeated for 3 yrs in a row. I. was happy we retouched later yrs thru FB, thank you FB. May you rest in peace until I see you again my friend.

Manny Rios

17 November 2020

I have no idea why I looked Steve up, but I did and I saw this notice. I credit Steve with starting my career in the insurance business. I walked in, a newly minted college grad, and he gave me a shot , and I was hired and never looked back. I tell this story often, and use it as an example for what great people do. Steve was on his way to lunch, and stopped and gave me his time. He changed my life by taking the time to offer me a chance to shine. Thank you Steve Kelly RIP.

Your friend Manny Rios

Haynes Margie

15 November 2020

I first met Steve in High School & we Graduated together. God again allowed us to be friends for a Season during the time we both suffered losses of Loved Ones. How do you say goodbye to such an Awesome Loving Caring Friend? I will forever share wonderful memories of Steve as I know his family & others will until we see him again. Be Encouraged as God Comforts our hearts & gives us the Peace that passes all understanding. ♥️

Yvette A Smith

13 November 2020

Steve Kelly, it’s been years since our paths cease to exist, but the memories of the person you were, the person you shared, the knowledge you feed will never be forgotten. You saw and pulled out so much potential from your students. Mine for one. Thank You Mr. Kelly for Loving your work and caring for your students. I as the parent of one of those students, Appreciate you. I know you will be missed. Family Be Blessed. My Prayers are with you. Mrs. Yvette Smith.

Dennis Will

13 November 2020

Extending our heartfelt sympathy, Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with the Family.
May the Lord give you strength, find comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Our deepest condolences
Dennis & Sylvia Williams