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Clarence H. Kellen

CLARENCE H. KELLEN, age 93, of Adrian, died Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Slayton. He was born December 12, 1920, in Adrian, to Nick and Anna (Suedbeck) Kellen. He attended school in Adrian. Clarence served his country in the United States Army during WWII, landing on Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion. After surviving the first wave and the Battle of the Bulge, he was honorably discharged in 1945 with the Bronze Star Medal. Upon returning from the war, he began farming on the family farm.

Clarence married Audrey Bruns on April 8, 1947, at St. Kilian Catholic Church in St. Kilian. Audrey joined Clarence on the farm until the couple retired and moved to Adrian in 1983. In 2012, Clarence moved back to the farm to live with John & Darcy for nine months before moving to the Golden Living Center in Slayton.

He was a member of St. Adrian Catholic Church; the Knight of Columbus; and the St. Josephs Society. Clarence enjoyed working on the farm, raising cattle, square dancing and wintering in Texas for twenty four years. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and playing pinochle.

Clarence is survived by his four children, Barb (Kevin) Pingle, Alta, IA; Teresa Dr. Charlie Hauser, Eagle, CO; Jane Kellen, ; Mary (Bruce) Brunk, Rushmore; and John (Darcy) Kellen, Rushmore; eight grandchildren, Belynda (Heath) Hinsch, Jolene Anker, Brian (Amy) Blankenburg, Tara Blankenburg, Scott (Michelle) Brunk, Jill (Joey) Roush, Nick (fianc Taylor Stratton) Kellen & Josh Kellen; and seven great grandchildren, Dominic, Makayla, Kaitlyn, Riley, Sara, Dalton & Peyton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audrey Kellen; three brothers, Cleophas, Leander & Fr. Elmer Kellen; and two sisters, Inez Vint & Marie Lovrien.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Friday with parish prayers at 4:15 at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Adrian. Visitation also one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Funeral will be 10:30 am Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellsworth, officiated by Fr. Thomas Jennings. Burial with full military honors provided by the Adrian American Legion will be in the St. Adrian Cemetery in Adrian.

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