Dr. Dan was born May 23, 1936, in Algona, Iowa. He was the eldest of three children born to Edward Daniel and Margaret (Mitchell) Kelly. Dan spent much of his childhood on Lake Okoboji, where he developed his passion for water sports and his sailboat "Herself." He graduated from Emmetsburg High School, attended Notre Dame and later graduated from Creighton Medical School. Dan began his medical career in Emmetsburg, and later opened his own practice in Burnet, Texas. Dan was still practicing medicine in Houston, Texas, until weeks before his death.
His family and service to his community were a top priority in his life. He married Karen Leitch in January 1971, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Together they had four children: four amazing daughters. Dan spent many of his later years inspiring people at the Men's Center in Houston, Texas.
Dan is pre-deceased by his parents; and his brother John Edward Kelly.
He is survived by his sister, Margaret Ann"Peg" (Kelly) Baehr, and her husband Mike Baehr; sister-in-law, Betty (Kelly) Spies; four daughters and sons-in-law: Mike and Laura Pope of Chandler, Texas, Peter and Meg Anderson of College Station, Texas, Chad and Sarah Walsh of Fulshear, Texas, and Greg and Amy Schielack of College Station, Texas; six grandchildren; many treasured nieces and nephews, and his companion Taxi Cat.
Friends are invited to visitation with the family from 6-8 p.m., with a Rosary beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 6700 Ferris, Bellaire, TX 77401.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated in his honor at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at the All Saints Catholic Church, 215 E. 10th St., Houston, TX 77008, where he was a member. Graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dr. Daniel Kelly's honor to The Men's Center, 3809 Main St, Houston, TX 77002.