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Rosewood Funeral Chapel

3304 Mockingbird Ln, Victoria, TX

OBITUARY

Dan Scott Kelley

August 12, 1931November 25, 2019

Dan Scott Kelley, 88, of Victoria, Texas passed on to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, November 25, 2019, at Hospice of South Texas, Dornburg Center of Compassion in Victoria, Texas.

Dan was born on August 12, 1931 in Navasota, Texas and was the only child of Issac Kendrick (I.K.) and Dana (Dee) Manning Kelley of Madisonville, Texas. He graduated from Navasota High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where his love of airplanes and flying began. After working his way to Staff Sargent and serving his country he went on to attend and graduate from Sam Houston State University. It was at SHSU that he met and married Sylvia Phillips. Dan had a successful career in the oil and gas industry in Texas and Oklahoma and then in commercial construction in Houston. Upon retirement he moved into homebuilding and even into his late 80’s he could be found sketching and building all sorts of things in his workshop.

He was a man with many interests. He had a pilot’s license, an auctioneer's license and once owned a shrimp boat and race horses. He was a writer of song lyrics, poetic stories to his grandsons, and even a hilarious ‘constructive criticism’ letter to Southwest Airlines that was widely circulated and responded to by the president of Southwest Airlines.

Dan is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sylvia Phillips Kelley of Victoria Texas as well as his three daughters: Betsy Kelley of Los Angeles, CA; Laurie Kelley Eder of Victoria, TX; Cindy Kelley Marshall and her husband Mark Russell Marshall of Victoria as well as his grandchildren: Nick Eder of McKinney, TX; Kelsey Marshall Shive and Brian Shive of The Woodlands, Texas, Jack Eder of San Francisco, CA, and Mason Marshall of College Station, Texas.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, December 12, 2019 followed by lunch at The Club at Colony Creek, 301 Colony Creek Drive, Victoria, Texas 77901. Military honors will be conveyed under the auspices of the Victoria Veterans Council. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of South Texas would be appreciated.

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  • FAMILY

  • Issac (I. K.) Kendrick Kelley, Father
  • Dana (Dee) Manning Kelley, Mother
  • Sylvia Phillips Kelley, Wife of 63 years
  • Betsy Kelley, Daughter
  • Laurie Kelley Eder, Daughter
  • Cindy Kelley Marshall (Mark Russell Marshall), Daughter
  • Nick Eder, Grandchild
  • Kelsey Marshall Shive (Brian Shive), Grandchild
  • Jack Eder, Grandchild
  • Mason Marshall, Grandchild
  • DONATIONS

  • Hospice of South Texas

Services

12 December

Celebration of Life

11:30 am

The Club at Colony Creek

301 Colony Creek Drive
Victoria, Texas 77904

Memories

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Elizabeth Massa

December 5, 2019

Uncle Dan has always been on the top of my favorite people list. He was so full of life and so much fun to be with. His laugh was contagious. I so treasured when he would tell stories of the antics he and my Dad were involved in. One of my favorite memories is on the day of his wedding to Aunt Sylvia. Prior to the ceremony, he and I were sitting on the back staircase of my grandparents’ home in Weimar, TX and he was telling me what the future looked like for both of us. I was only 9 but he spoke to me as an equal. Boy, could he boost your ego. The world is a sadder place without him. He will be so missed. Love to Aunt Sylvia and the girls.