Richard A. Kellow Sr., 80


Richard A. Kellow Sr. of West Bend died on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 80 years. He was born on Dec. 23, 1933, in Easton, Pa., to the late Clarence and Dorothy (nee Detweiler) Kellow.

After graduating from Wilson High School in Easton, he attended and later graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He then served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, and also played trombone in the Marine Band in Hawaii.

On Aug. 16, 1958, he was united in marriage to Marilyn J. Garis.

Dick was an active member of the community. He served with the Boy Scout Council of which he was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, a member of Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, president of the Wisconsin Parkinson Association, a member of the advisory council at University of Wisconsin-Washington County, a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 152 in Easton, Pa., and served on the West Bend Police Safety Commission.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Richard “Rick” Jr. (Beth Kuehl) of Slinger and Ronald (Pamela) of Lewis Center, Ohio; four grandchildren, Rickey and Gracie Kellow of West Bend and Julia and Elena Kellow of Lewis Center, Ohio; other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11 at noon at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeremy Deaner officiating. Military honors will follow. Inurnment will be at a later date in Washington County Memorial Park. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church only on Saturday from 11-11:45 a.m., and also following the services during a reception.

The family has requested memorials to Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, the Cedar Community Foundation or the Wisconsin Parkinson Association.

Dick’s family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the staff at Cedar Community Hospice and the staff at Countryside in Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center for their wonderful care, support and compassion for almost 19 years.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.