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John Kelly

John Kelly, 65, of Park Rapids, died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. He was born Jan. 12, 1943 to Fred and Lydia (Hanau) Kelly in Minnepolis. He was raised on the family farm in Kingston. He...

John Kelly, 65, of Park Rapids, died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids.

He was born Jan. 12, 1943 to Fred and Lydia (Hanau) Kelly in Minnepolis. He was raised on the family farm in Kingston. He moved to Staples to attend high school, graduating in 1961. Following graduation, he moved to California where he worked for IBM then went on to receive a degree in Dental Technology from Los Angeles City College.

He married Hortencia Ramirez and they had one daughter. He and his family moved to Tucson, Ariz., where he opened his first dental laboratory. In the early 1970s he returned to Park Rapids and began a new life with a new dental laboratory south of Park Rapids.

In 1975, he met Cynthia (Cindy) Sumstad of Barrett, and they were married on Aug. 4, 1976 in Minneapolis. They had three children. Together, he and his wife established NorthStar Orthodontic Laboratory in 1976, which now employs more than 100 people and serves orthodontists and dentists across the country.

He began his years of community service after he was nominated to attend the Blandin Community Leadership Program. His various community activities included: member and past president of Rotary International, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, Park Rapids City Council member, Shell Masonic Lodge AF and AM, council member of Calvary Lutheran Church, and cochair of the local school bond issue which resulted in the creation of Century School. He served on the Board of Directors for Bell Hill Recovery Center, Lady Slipper Designs, St. Joseph's Area Health Services, and most currently Northwoods Bank of Minnesota. He dedicated his life to the organization of Alcoholics Anonymous. He received the H.N. Bishop Service Award.

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He supported numerous charitable organizations, including: Park Rapids Education Foundation, Hubbard County Area Food Shelf, American Cancer Society's Relay For Life and countless other organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy; four children: Hillary Grace (James) Kayser-Poor of Swansea, Ill., Conrad John Holbrook Kelly of Park Rapids, Alexis Joanna (Jake) Peters of Park Rapids, and Morgan Anne Kelly of Park Rapids; five grandchildren; a sister, LaVerne Schaefer of Park Rapids; a brother, Rollo (Josie) Kelly of Ventura, Calif.; and four nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and infant granddaughter, Addison Mae Peters.

Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Funeral service: 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids with Rev. Ken Nyhusmoen officiating. The organist will be Roz Pederson. The congregational hymn will be "Amazing Grace." Soloist Brenda Carpenter will sing "Borning Cry" and "As Time Goes By." Edward Kidd will sing an original song accompanied by his acoustic guitar.

Casketbearers: Glen Schaefer, Dan Grothe, Cecil Cordahl, Bob Glagavs, Dave Stevens and Scot Zentz.

Interment: Bethel Cemetery.

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