Roger (Coach) Kelly, 78, loving husband and father of two daughters, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019, surrounded by family. Roger was born July 30, 1940, in Needles, California. He was a Cal Poly graduate and Mustang football player. And boy did he love the game of football!
Roger exchanged his football cleats for a whistle when he began his coaching tradition in the summer of 1965. Roger proudly coached at Bakersfield High, Bakersfield College, North High Bakersfield, Paso Robles High, Redwood High (1969-1989)as well as College of the Sequoias(1989-2004).
Coach Kelly’s legacy will forever influence the game of football. His passion inspired countless young men as a coach, friend, father figure, and mentor. Many of you have shared the impact Coach Kelly has had on your life, thank you on behalf of the family.
Roger and Susan Kelly relocated to Sheridan, Wyoming, in 2015, where he enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, camping, and his very active Labrador dog, Cheyenne. Roger’s final fishing excursion turned into a fishing “how-to clinic” when he landed a 10-pound Rainbow trout at the base of Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains.
Roger is survived by his wife Susan, daughters Kim Kelly and Michele Carlton, as well as five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Roger and Susan were married 58 years.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Jessie and John, as well as his younger brother Doug Kelly.
A memorial service is planned to celebrate Roger’s life on June 29, 2019, in Visalia, California. Further information regarding the service will be forthcoming. All are welcome to attend.
Roger will be missed by his family, fellow coaches, players, camping buddies, and so many more! We love you Coach.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.
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