OBITUARY

Kelly Punch

July 25, 1977September 6, 2021
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Kelly Punch, age 44, of Newton, NC, passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021. He was born in Mecklenburg County, the son of Dennis and Patricia Patton Punch.

Kelly was a graduate of Newton-Conover High School class of 1995 where he lettered in Baseball and Football. Growing up with a passion for racing “Punchy” pursued a career in motorsports. Whether it was Late Models, NASCAR, Rolex Sports Cars, or ARCA, Kelly worked for and cherished friendship with some of the biggest stars in the sport. He touched many souls along his journey by mentoring the next generation of tire specialists at the racetrack, encouraging his peers, and influencing many young people to follow their dreams and pursue their passions. His infectious smile, big heart, and one of a kind personality made him a unique soul that had an impact on everyone he met. Kelly truly loved spending time with his friends and his “racing family”. His friends often commented, “There were no strangers to Kelly, only friends that he hasn’t met yet”. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Loy and Betty Jo Punch and maternal grandparents, Hugh and Myrtle Patton; and his aunt, Phyllis Setzer. In addition to his parents those left to cherish his memory are his brother, Scott Punch and wife Tylee; niece, Katlyn Punch and nephew, Hunter Punch; uncles, Dr. Jerry Punch and family, Junior Setzer and family, and Michael Patton and family.

Receiving of friends will be held Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 6 to 6:45 pm at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held at Willis-Reynolds Chapel 7 pm, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 with Pastor Kyle Patton officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has established the Kelly Punch Memorial Scholarship which will be presented annually to a deserving young person to pursue a career in motorsports through one of several motorsports training programs. The family respectfully requests that Memorials and contributions to this scholarship fund may be sent to Kelly Punch Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 1361, Newton, NC 28658.

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    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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Crystal Bates

September 19, 2021

You are going to be greatly missed Punch thanks for everything thoughts and prayers for family and friends

Ron Miller

September 11, 2021

Dennis and Pat,
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your son.

Edith Latier

September 10, 2021

Punchy was a great friend to Mike and I we shared so many good times together and laughed so much his infectious smile and laughter will be missed he was a good friend and a good son and brother and uncle we will see you again someday God bless your family

Ken Moser

September 10, 2021

Dennis, Pat and Scott, I remember the days that Todd & Scott played ball and Kelly was running around the field. Those are days I will always cherish. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Kitty Berg

September 10, 2021

Dear Pat and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. May the Lord give you comfort at this time. Love you. Kitty and Ken Berg.

Debbie Rights

September 10, 2021

Pat, Dennis and Scott,
Prayers for you as you deal with the loss of Kelly. I have many fond memories of he and Alden "hanging" together, trip to the beach, etc.
He was a great young man and friend.

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