Terrance P. “Terry” Kelly

Terrance P. “Terry” Kelly, age 69 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Terry’s life, a Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Backpocket Taproom and Beercade, 333 East 10th Street, Dubuque, Iowa.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Terry’s family.


Terry has been blessed to have spent his entire life right here in Dubuque.  He always knew that he wanted to have a family of his own, and after meeting his beautiful bride of 50 years, Barbara Lightfoot, he knew that they were going to make the perfect couple to complete the mission at hand.  They were blessed with 3 boys over the years and Terry’s greatest joy in life was watching them all grow and begin families of their own.  He faithfully spent his working years with Klauer Manufacturing in order to provide for his family.  Unfortunately, health issues created the necessity for retirement a few years ago, but his drive to keep busy and remain productive within his days never faltered.  He had always been a great fisherman, and never missed any opportunity to do a little traveling with Barb, but now Terry would graciously develop his patience and contentment in life within his hobbies at home.  Meticulously creating amazing works of art beyond any accurate verbal description, building up his collection of clowns, or sitting around the table playing cards with family and friends were the new passions he could still invest in.  Terry didn’t let the cards life had dealt him conquer his spirit in any way, shape, or form; instead he rose to the occasion, double down and became the best possible man he could imagine himself being until the end.  Terry, the stubborn Irishman that he was, took the challenge he never asked for head-on and showed everyone around him that love, kindness and being honest with oneself were truly the most desired rewards a man could ever hope to acquire in this life.  We thank you, Terry, for living not only by example, but for leaving a legacy which we can all strive to achieve in our own lives moving forward.  Our hearts possess a tear today which will never be mended, but we gratefully find some peace in knowing that your earthly battles are finally over.  May you find peace and comfort in your new home Terry, and please know that we will never forget you until we hear your perfectly humble voice once again.        


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Terry include,


his loving wife of 50 years,

Barbara Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa;


his 3 sons,

Dale (Tina) Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa,

Terry (Jocelyn) Kelly II, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Craig Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa;


his 9 grandchildren,

Andrew, Hunter, Kirsten, Alexia, Dashay, Preston, Kaitlyn, Madelyn and Gabrielle;


his 4 great-grandchildren,

Kate, Lee, Wheeler and Kyah;


his 4 siblings,

James (Brenda) Kelly, Ballinger, Texas,

Tim (Darlene) Kelly, Ballinger, Texas,

Jeanie Frommelt, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Sherrian Walton, Dubuque, Iowa;


his daughter-in-law,

Janelle Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa;


his special friends,

Mike (Cindy) Fesler, Dave Duve, Chris Duve and Paul Duve;


along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbors.


Terry was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Jane (Atchison) Kelly; and his nephew, John Frommelt.


Terry’s family would like to thank Dr. Runde, his nurses and staff, along with the doctors, nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Terry, and his family over the past few years.


Online condolences may be shared with Terry’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

Celebration of Life

Backpocket Taproom and Beercade
333 East 10th Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
October 27th, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

5 comments on “Terrance P. “Terry” Kelly
  1. Jenny Lewis says:

    What a great man. I’m so sorry for your loss

  2. Tracy Berry Torrey says:

    So sorry for your families loss.

  3. Debra Zeigafuse says:

    So sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Terry.

  4. Jeana says:

    Barb, Terry, Dale, and Craig, I am SO sorry for your loss! My heart goes out to you and your families. May you find peace and comfort in all of the wonderful memories that you made with him.

  5. Luetta (Puccio) Wolfinger says:

    May you Rest In Peace Terry

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