Ashley, ND-Memorial service for Elroy Allan Kelle, 88, of Ashley will be 3:30 pm, Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Ashley Baptist Church. Rev. Alvin Foote will officiate.
Burial will be in Black Hills National Cemetery at Sturgis, SD.
Elroy Allan Kelle was born July 20, 1931 in Napoleon, ND to Teckla (Johnson) and George Kelle. He married his beloved Eloise Fischer on August 31, 1958. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior in 1955 and on Sunday, October 13, 2019, Elroy stepped into the presence of the Lord forever.
Grateful for having shared Elroy’s life is his wife of 61 years, Eloise; sister, Jean Lang of Napoleon, ND and brother, Donald.
The Lord endowed Elroy with many gifts: mechanical skills, woodworking, musical ability (especially harmonica), sketching and painting, leadership and lecture skills, and developing lifelong relationships, among others. Elroy was inducted into the Army in 1952, serving in Korea at the DMZ – 39th parallel with the 25th Infantry Combat Division for two years.
He was proud to have served his great country. After returning from Korea, he enrolled at the State Normal and Industrial College at Ellendale, ND where he earned his four-year Industrial Arts degree, then after marriage attended the University of Minnesota where he studied for his master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling. His professional career included teaching at the Dakota County Vocational Technical College, AACD in São Paulo, Brazil where he was supervisor of the Vocational Rehabilitation Department and taught at the United Metropolitan College and developed a Basic Counseling curricula; and was a Professor at the University of Minnesota – Industrial Arts Department. Elroy developed Rehab and Counseling curricula for numerous firms and lectured at many national conferences. He was invited to the White House Conference for Employment of the Handicapped. He was listed in who’s who among students in American universities and colleges and received many awards but didn’t call attention to himself, but did what was expected to promote well-being for people.
Elroy enjoyed running, gardening, beekeeping, traveling, baseball, riding bareback in college rodeo, and really enjoyed being a member of the Twin Cities Harmonica Club for many years.
Many summers were spent traveling and helping various mission areas throughout the world. Eloise and he traveled worldwide but never to the South Pole (it was not in any itinerary).
Elroy was soft spoken, caring, kind and gentle, and did for others what needed to be done.
Upon retirement, Elroy and Eloise spent 19 years in Russia, teaching Bible and English at 3 teenage orphanages in Pereslavl Zelessky, hours north of Moscow. Alternate days were spent at the University of Moscow – Engineering Department teaching American English.
The Kelle’s were members of Hillside Church in Bloomington, MN for all their married life. They served in many capacities – too numerous to mention. Life for Elroy and Eloise was filled with faith, hope, and love of God, his many blessings, their wish was to have others know the God they served and loved. Their life verse is found in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.”
In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Bible Society, 101 N. Independence Mall East FL8, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2155. (Bibles for Russia and China).
Carlsen Funeral Home of Ashley has been entrusted with arrangements.