Judy K. Petersen Keltner

May 22, 1948August 7, 2015
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Judy K. Keltner, 67, of Olathe, KS passed away at home surrounded by her family on Friday, August 7, 2015. She will forever be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to everyone she met.

Judy was born on May 22, 1948 in Maquoketa, IA to Alvin and Charlene (Bailey) Petersen. Growing up on the family farm gave her many memories to share with her family and grandchildren. Judy attended and graduated from Maquoketa High School, and after graduation, she attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Davenport, IA where she earned her nursing degree. Judy dedicated herself to her patients at North Kansas City Memorial Hospital before she retired after 36 years of service. She enjoyed the many things nature had to offer along with being outdoors, spending time with her family and most of all, the time she spent with her grandchildren.

Judy is preceded in death by her father Alvin Petersen. Survivors include her husband of 32 years Kenny D. Keltner of the home, mother Charlene Petersen of Maquoketa, IA, son Jeremy K. Simmons and his wife Jenny of Goddard, KS, daughter Kara L. Kraxberger and her husband Adam of Portland, OR, two brothers, Gary Petersen and his wife Joan and Wayne Petersen and his wife Pat all of Maquoketa, IA. Left behind to cherish her memory are her four grandchildren: Colby Kraxberger, Abby Simmons, Rachel Simmons and Kaden Kraxberger. Judy is also survived by her sister-in law Sherry Keltner of Lenexa, KS. She will be sadly missed by everyone she knew.

Judy will be cremated according to her wishes. A Memorial gathering is scheduled for 2:00-4:30 p.m. Saturday, August 15th at the McGilley & Frye Funeral Home 105 East Loula St. Olathe, KS. A Memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 17th at Carson Celebration of Life Center 318 West Pleasant St. Maquoketa, IA. Inurnment in Evergreen Cemetery Delmar, IA.

Condolences may be offered at


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, August 15, 2015
  • Memorial Service Monday, August 17, 2015


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Kathleen Bailey

November 20, 2016

My beautiful friend, I will always treasure memories we had. I moved away, and lost touch, although I tried through the years to get in touch. When I finally found you, to my dismay, this is what I found. I will always miss you, my friend.

Abby Simmons

August 30, 2015

Judy was my grandma and I was not ready for her to go but I was never going to be ready. The last time I saw her she didn't look like she was sick but when she passed away I knew she was in a place where she wasn't sick and wasn't hurting. In my heart I will always love her if she's with me or without me.❤

Angela Langdon

August 19, 2015

So sorry for your loss Kenny.. May God Bless you and your family,, God needed another Special Angel with him.. Prayers for you and your family.

Eric and Charlene Hughes

August 15, 2015

Judy was our neighbor for 24 years. She was so kind to our girls growing up and even our pets! Judy would let them in her house to "visit".
Judy was such a hard worker at the hospital as well as at home. She was tough as nails and watching her battle cancer was inspirational. No worries now, Judy. And we will look after Kenny for you! With love and admiration,

Rhonda Self

August 12, 2015

Judy was a strong nurse leader and showed me and others how to get things accomplished - always putting the patients first. I am honored and grateful to have worked with Judy. Remembering her fondly - and yes, her knowing smile.

Cindy Voorhis

August 11, 2015

Judy was my first manager as a new graduate nurse and she hired me as the only full time RN to work nights on 6S at NKCH. She made sure she had strong nurses in place to mentor and train me. She helped me succeed and for that I will be forever grateful. Sending thoughts, prayers, and love to her family.

Jeremy Simmons

August 11, 2015

Mom, As I sit here and look at your picture I smile and cry. I smile because 44 years ago on this very day you introduced me to this world. You took my hand and led me down the path of life and showed me so much on our journey. I cry because you are not here physically with us today to love, laugh, and reminisce about the good old days. But I know you are looking upon us today with that big beautiful smile of yours and saying everything will be ok. Mom, you were the most caring, compassionate, loving and strong person, mother, grandmother, and friend that I have ever met. You always did the right thing and put yourself second in-line. You will never be forgotten and will always be with me, my family, and everyone you touched until the day we all take that walk through the woods down to the pond on a beautiful sunny day. I love you very much.

your son,


Roxie Homuth

August 9, 2015

Judy was such a great role model when I began my nursing career, she touched so many lives. My thought and prayers to those she left behind.

Catherine Bailey

August 9, 2015

You'll always have a special place in my heart...I miss you already.. Aunt Cathy

Laura Habighorst

August 9, 2015

Judy was one of the first managers I really got to know at NKCH. I will always remember her words of wisdom and thank her for her support. God bless you Judy and may God bless each of you with peace.