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780 12th St. SW
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Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
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Patrick John

September 26, 1982 – November 9, 2018

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Obituary for Patrick John Kellen

Le Mars, Iowa - Patrick Kellen, 36, of Le Mars, Iowa, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 from injuries sustained in an airplane accident near Guthrie Center, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Parish-St. Joseph Church in Le Mars. Father Bruce Lawler will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the church with a Scriptural Prayer service at 7 p.m. There will be also be one hour of visitation before the funeral at the church on Friday.

Patrick John Kellen was born on September 26, 1982 in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Del and Lori (Schroeder) Kellen. He graduated from Le Mars Community High School in Le Mars in 2001. He later attended Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon and graduated with an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Truck and Diesel Technology.

On January 4, 2009, Patrick and Tonia Hinspeter were united in marriage in Tampa Bay, Florida aboard the Carnival Legend. They made their home in Le Mars. Patrick worked as a contractor for his parents at Kellen Excavating. He operated multiple pieces of heavy equipment. Pat also helped his father obtain work for the company.

Patrick was a member of All Saints Catholic Parish in Le Mars. He was a member of the Le Mars Sportsman’s Club, Powder Players Snowmobile Club and participated in a men’s basketball league. He also rode in RAGBRAI (Registers’ Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa).

Patrick worked hard but played harder. He had an adventurous spirit that led him to all kinds of hunting along with taking pilot lessons. He was always on the move doing something with his family and friends. Patrick was a wonderful father and always included his children in his adventures. Cracking jokes and playing pranks were his specialties. No matter where Pat traveled, he left a lasting impression. Everyone that knew him has some crazy story to tell. Pat knew no fear.

Grateful to have shared his life is his wife, Tonia; his children, Tessa, Konnor and Kassel all of Le Mars, IA; parents, Del and Lori Kellen of Le Mars, IA; grandparents, Donald and Mary Jane Kellen of Le Mars, IA; sisters, Cassie (Seth) Delutri of Granger, IA and MacKenzie (Dalton) Brady of Ankeny, IA; brothers, Justin (Erica) Kellen of Merrill, IA and Derek (Chelsea) Kellen of Le Mars, IA; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Samantha Clark; grandparents, Darrel and Cloette Schroeder; cousins, Tyler Douvia and Jashua Clark.

A memorial fund has been established at American Bank in Le Mars.

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When Thursday, November 15th, 2018 2:00pm - 8:00pm
All Saints Catholic Parish - St. Joseph Church
605 Plymouth St E
Le Mars, IA 51031
Additional Information There will be a Scriptural Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at the church

Service Information

Friday, November 16th, 2018 10:30am
Fr. Bruce Lawler
All Saints Catholic Parish - St. Joseph Church
605 Plymouth St E
Le Mars, IA 51031
Service Extra Info
There will be an hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Friday.

Interment Information

Calvary Cemetery
900 Plymouth Street E
Le Mars, IA 51031
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780 12th St. SW
Le Mars, IA 51031
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