Smith Center - Jacob "Jake" Kelling, 85, passed away Thursday, May, 9, 2019 at Smith Center Heath & Rehab, Smith Center, KS.
Jake was born March 3, 1934 in Cedar, KS, the son of Allen S. and Lena M. (Genthe) Kelling. On February 12, 1954 he married Donna Gayle Miller in Kensington, KS, to this union they were blessed with three children, Theresa, Mike and Dawn. Donna and Jake were able to celebrate 62 years of marriage together before her passing on October 9, 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna, two sisters, Ruby Tomlinson and husband Jack, and Fern Balsam and husband Jim, and a son-in-law Gunnar Hall.
Jake is survived by one son, Mike Kelling & wife Mable of Amarillo, TX; two daughters, Theresa Hall of Atwood and Dawn Schmalzried & husband Rory of Castle Rock, CO; one sister, Mavis Parnell & husband Chuck of Solomon, KS; six grandchildren, Katrenia Kelling, Jake Kelling, Heath Schmalzried & wife Amanda, Tyler Schmalzried & wife Amber, Jack Schmalzried & wife Ashley, Hope Payne & husband Norris and six great-grandchildren, Creighton and Addy Sankovich, Rhys and Tate Schmalzried, Owen and Lucas Schmalzried and many nieces and nephews, Susan Todd, James Parnell and Matt Parnell.
A celebration of Jake's life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, Smith Center, KS. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present to greet friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be given to Smith Center Library and can be sent in care of the funeral chapel.