Colin C. Kelly

CEYLON – Funeral services for Colin C. Kelly, 58, of Ceylon, Minn., will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial will be in the Center Creek Cemetery in rural Granada, Minn., with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and the Martin County VFW Post 1222 of Fairmont.

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue two hours prior to the time of service Monday at the church. Colin passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his home near Ceylon, Minn.

Lakeview Funeral Home of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Colin Charles Kelly was born Jan. 23, 1954, in Fairmont, Minn., the son of Everett Jr. and Phyllis (Hardt) Kelly. He was baptized and later confirmed in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Colin received his education from the Granada-Huntley School.

Following his education, Colin enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving his country during Vietnam in the Army Airborne Rangers, earning the rank of sergeant. Upon receiving his honorable discharge on Jan. 24, 1977, Colin made his home in Georgia, where he began working as a carpenter and also drove truck for many years. He continued his carpentry skills when he moved back to Minnesota.

Colin was an unforgettable person. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Colin enjoyed the outdoors and looked forward to riding horses, hunting, fishing, trapping, and any other outdoor adventure he could find. He had a special place in his heart for animals and had many cats and his companion blue heeler dog, “Blue.” His true love was for his horses and Colin cherished any opportunity to be with them riding and taking care of them. Colin wasn’t afraid to try new things or experiences. He liked to box in his younger years, enjoyed cruising the open road on his Harley-Davidson motorcycles, was an avid bow hunter and loved being a cowboy. Colin was extremely proud of his military service and made many lasting friendships with those he served with. When it came to family, Colin was always making sure his family was ok and checking in on them. Family was very important and he treasured time spent with his family and friends. Colin’s zest for life and love of adventure will be greatly missed by those who loved him and called him friend.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Marisa (Chuck) Grandmason of Fleming Island, Fla., Brooke (Ernie) Guyett of Ludowici, Ga., and Devin (Brett) Rundle of Hong Kong, China; two step-daughters, Nicole Landon and Ashley Walters; father, Maurice “Blackie” Theobald of Huntley, Minn.; siblings, Cheryl (Warren) Tabatt of Fairmont, Minn., Maurice “Butch” (Jo) Theobald Jr. of Granada, Minn., Barbara Kelly of Huntley, Minn., and Launa (Tim) Hilbert of Hartley, Iowa; grandchildren, Riley, Regan, Rowan, Ryan and Reid Grandmason; Jincy, Jadyn, and Jack Rundle; and McKenzie, Meghen, and Maci Guyett; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Colin was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Theobald; father, Everett Kelly Jr.; a brother-in-law Willis Shumski; as well as several extended family members.