Kelly was born on June 18, 1957 and departed this world much too soon on December 18, 2015. He spent his childhood in Gering, NE and moved to Lincoln, NE to attend college. He taught in a variety of classrooms and settings and, after receiving his PhD from Texas Women's University, helped launch the Reading Recovery program with Lincoln Public Schools. He loved sweaty bike rides, meditation, yoga, Kirtan music, and cooking dinner for his many friends.
Left to mourn his passing are: his former wife, Jane Franklin, who showed Kelly unwavering love and compassion; his children, Derek and Erin Outson, who were Kelly's greatest source of strength and his tallest joy; his mother, Carolyn (Benson); his brother, Mark (Chantal); his sister, Kathy (Sauser); and 5 nieces. His father, Richard, preceded him in death.
A "CELEBRATION of LIFE" will be held on March 5 at 1pm at the First Unitarian Church, (3114 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68132). Memorials are to the family to be designated at a later date.