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Obituary for Kelly J. Stein

Kelly J. Stein, age 56, of Watertown, SD passed away Monday, April 22, 2019 at his residence.

NOTE DATE: Please join his family to celebrate Kelly’s life on his birthday, Thursday, May 9th, 2019. The Memorial Celebration of Life service will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Time of Sharing at 7:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge #838, 600 W. Kemp Ave, Watertown, SD.

Kelly Jon Stein was born May 9, 1962 in Watertown, SD to Louis L. and Amy (Ellyson) Stein. He was raised on the family farm north of Watertown, attended school in Watertown and received his GED in 1980. Kelly worked on the family dairy farm until moving to Watertown where he then was employed by the City of Watertown, Tower Systems and other jobs of construction and labor. When he built and created anything it was quality all the way. He was always a very hard worker at whatever was asked of him.

Kelly was never the quiet one. He was always where the action was. He worked hard and partied hard. The friends he made, of which there were so many, he kept for life. Kelly was a loyal friend who gave so much. He had a great sense of humor and was a delight to his nieces and nephews. He always shared a grin and teasing comments with them.

Later on, Kelly enjoyed raising chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and hogs for fun on the family farm. He also loved playing with his kitties (kids) on the deck or in the garage. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Kelly and Ann Marie Peterson were united in marriage on September 8, 2001. Kelly enjoyed playing games such as chess, cribbage and more recently, Rummy at Cattlemen’s Casino with Barb and whoever else the two card sharks could pull into the game! He also loved bowling and won many trophies over the years. He teamed with family and friends and always kept laughing even when he was having a horrible game.

He was honored to have been an Exalted Ruler at the Elks and considered his fellow Elk members his second family. Kelly helped raise a nice sum of money for their charity by auctioning off a chance to “cut his hair” and said good-bye to his mullet, thank goodness!

Kelly is survived by his beloved wife, Ann, of nearly 18 years; his mother, Amy Frantz; his siblings, Phil Stein of Aberdeen, SD: Steve Stein of Sioux Falls, SD: Diana (Rich) Berry of Brookville, OH: Beth (Kerry) Ascher of Spencer, IN and Chris (Carol) Stein of Watertown, SD; his sister-in-law, Julie Stein of Watertown, SD; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews; his previous spouses, Audrey Imsland and Deb Berner; and his precious kitties.

He was preceded in death by his father, Louis; and brothers, Roger and Joe.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown,