OBITUARY

Kelly John Hamrah

December 26, 1957March 11, 2020

Kelly John Hamrah, age 62 of Fort Worth, passed away on March 11, 2020. He was born on December 26, 1957 in Plainfield, New Jersey, the son of Kallen “Kayo” Hamrah and Marie McFadden Hamrah.

Kelly grew up in Dunellen, New Jersey before joining the US Navy, where afterwards he moved and resided in Texas. He worked for many years for LTV and helped build the B1 & B2 stealth bombers. Kelly had a love for drawing and playing sports, including football, basketball, cycling and just working out. He was also a devout Christian and enjoyed talking and sharing about the Lord. He loved to watch football and was a huge Giants and Dallas Cowboys fan. Family and friends will miss his smile and great sense of humor.

Kelly is survived by his daughters Teal Nicol and husband Jeff; Kaye-Leigh Hamrah and boyfriend Bo Sybert; grandson Rowan Nicol; step granddaughter Andora Nicol; brothers Kallen Hamrah, Kevin Hamrah and wife Shanna, Kirk Hamrah and wife Debbie, and Keith Hamrah and wife Chris. Kelly was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Kathy Zimmerman.

A graveside committal service will be held at 11:30am on Friday, July 17, 2020 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

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Jane McFadden Dorsey

December 4, 2020

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Hamrah family. I have been out of touch with the family for many years, but Kelly would call me, usually at Christmas every year. He always told me that I was the one who taught him to draw and how appreciative he was because he loved it. He sent me pictures occasionally of his work. I would tease him about his Texas drawl, and it was always nice to talk to him. I will miss our yearly catch-ups. My love to the family and I am sad for your loss.
Jane McFadden Dorsey

Kallen Hamrah

July 8, 2020

Heavenly Father,
Through a veil of tears I can see clearly. Kelly, you are with mom, dad and our sister Kathy. Your departure has diminished us all. Only in my dreams you now exist. May God shine brightly on our legacy. Sleep well my brother as you are laid to rest.
Amen!
Your loving brother,
Kallen M. Hamarah

Brenda Martin Forbess

June 25, 2020

I was Kelly's mother-in-law and loved Kelly. His passing is a shock and such a loss for my granddaughters Teal and Kaye-Leigh. I will never forget his getting out of the navy in California and driving Teal 10 months old and Barney his 10 yr.old brother-in-law to Texas. The next day after arriving at my home, it was very hot and suddenly hail stones, soft ball size starting beating up our house and cars. Kelly had never been in a hail storm and his eyes were huge and he hollered, "What is that?" I answered "Hail! Kelly. Welcome to Texas."
Years Later he and the girls took a trip to Ruidosa New Mexico to a resort/ horse race town. People started asking him for his autograph...they thought he was Sam Elliot. He protested saying.. no, he was not Sam Elliott. Well. One man went up to 7 year old Kaye-Leigh Hamrah and asked her, "Little girl, what is your daddy's name?
In her sweetest little Texas voice she
Slow drawled, "Sa.am" Kelly just rolled his eyes and shook his head,
He was adored by his daughters and was a good daddy.
I know Kelly is with his savior The Lord Jesus Christ. He had a real love and devotion for the Lord. My heart aches for my granddaughters's loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers


Barbara Dahler-Rossi

May 13, 2020

To the Hamrah Family, I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of Kelly, we had some great times together in our hometown of Dunellen. My sincere condolences, Barbara Dahler-Rossi

Helen Benjamin

March 18, 2020

To Kelly's family.my deepest condolences to all the family. What a loss. Kelly has been a friend and brother for me for many years. We worked together,attended church together,we would go into the streets to minister and offer prayers. He had such deep understanding of the word. The last 2 years ment a lot to me and my heart hurts so much knowing I won't see him no more. It was such an honor to had him as a brother and good friend. There is such a void in my heart. But knowing he is with the lord brings some comfort.kelly was so proud of his girls and just lovedhis grandson. Kelly touched many people's live with his easy going,kind and humorous ways.kelly I love you as my brother and miss you terribly.u will never be forgotten. Helen Benjamin's your sister in christ.

Loreen Kirk

March 18, 2020

Wow, what can I say I am deeply saddened by the news that Kelly passed away. I can say I and my family express our condolences and prayers to Kelly's family. I remember when I first met him I was at the Gates of Glory church in Dallas Texas where we all were attending. I loved to listen to him talk and he would always keep you laughing, myself, him and some other friends would always hang out after church and go out to eat and share the details of how the service was and he would talk to us about the word of God and I remember telling him he should've been a preacher and he would laugh and say really no not me. He was a friend even in his sickness, I'll miss you Kelly and I'm so grateful to God for allowing you to be a part of my life and come be with us at the Gates of Glory church. The Lord bless and strengthen the family and friends that they would come together in love and compassion now that Kelly is gone. God loves you and I do to.
Sincerely prayerfully yours
Loreen Kirk

Renate Pedack

March 18, 2020

Kelly I miss you a lot and love you in the Lord. You were like a brother to me. I am thankful for your love for my family and faithfulness to our business . You never missed a day in twenty five years . You know it was ( our ) business even though you worked for us. I will always be grateful ! God Bless Your Faith

Debbie Milford

March 17, 2020

First I'd like to send my condolences to the Hamrah Family from the Milford Family. We were your neighbors up until the time we moved away in '75. Though I was in Keith's grade Kelly's presence was heard every night as he did his Tarzan call so you really couldn't miss him though you might try.
I was very appreciative of Kelly during the time I moved to Piscataway and was on Facebook. He helped me through some rough times and a lot of different things from everything a hated ex in Texas, to bosses and kids. He really turned into an intelligent, caring and loving person. He really wanted me to do that funky food diet he was on when I was quitting smoking but I drew the line on that one. I miss our talks and hope he knew how much they meant to me. RIP Kelly ...Love Debbie M

Kelly Neal

March 15, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the family and daughters of Kelly. I am deeply saddened by his passing and I am at a loss for words. I feel very fortunate that in his last days, I was able to let him know that he was like a brother to me and that I loved him. I pray that we all can move forward with him always in ours hearts and a good laugh in our bellies! ❤️

Amy Smith

March 14, 2020

I once heard, "Don't mourn what you've lost, but be happy for what you had". I know that all of us who knew and loved Kelly are so happy for what he brought to our lives. The memories are many - the most hilarious prank phone calls ever, Styx, 337 High St., the Navy years, the Grand Prairie years and being the exact likeness of Sam Elliott in his later years, and he loved that! He became a man of great Faith, a Father who adored his Daughters and was so proud. He was so kind and loving. He never gave up on me when all of our paths took different turns and for that, I'm so grateful! Love you Kelly.