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Donald ‘Gene’ Kelly

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Donald "Gene" Kelly

FULTON – Donald “Gene” Kelly, 80, of Fulton, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Gene was born Aug. 18, 1933, in Butte, Mont., to William A. and Evelyn G. (Raguet) Kelly. He attended school in several western states until settling in East Peoria in 1945. He was a 1952 graduate of East Peoria High School. He served in the Navy from 1952 to 1954. Gene married Lois Ann Rathburn on June 26, 1959. He was employed at the former Patent Novelty Co. in Fulton, where he learned the tool and die making trade. He then was employed as a tool and die maker and a mold maker at General Electric Co. for 18 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He was a former member of the Savanna Moose Lodge. He was a member of the Fulton American Legion and Clinton, Iowa, AMVETS Post 28. He bowled a number of years in leagues in Fulton and Morrison. Gene was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and a St. Louis Cardinals fan since 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Lois; two daughters, Gina (Louis) Grant and Joni (Tony Davis) Scheper; seven grandsons; three granddaughters; 20 great-grandchildren; one niece; and two great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one brother in infancy, one nephew, and one great-grandson.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today and the funeral at 2 p.m. today at McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton, with the Rev. Jim Jensen officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Clinton, Iowa.

Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.

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