Loren “Kelly” Dooley 64 passed away from unknown causes sometime during the week of November 15, 2020. He was found in his home on Loma St. in Creede, on the evening of the 20th by local authorities after they received a wellness check call from concerned friends.
Most of his family and friends just called him “Kelly.” He was the third son born to Floyd and Darlene Dooley on October 2, 1956 in Monte Vista; CO. Kelly was raised in Creede. He was a graduate of Creede Consolidated High School. He went on to serve four years in the United States Marine Corp. Kelly was a member of a VFW chapter while in California, and a member of the Creede Elks Lodge#506. Kelly worked at Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Co. He retired after many years from Camping World in San Diego, Calif. Kelly also owned and operated Parkway Bar in San Diego, where he could be found giving pool and foosball lessons to clients and friends. He sold his business and upon his retirement from Camping World in 2018, Kelly came home to Creede and lived at the family home on Loma St.
Upon his return to Creede, Kelly renewed old friendships and made many new friends. His was a familiar face in Creede, either riding in his red jeep or strolling along Main Street. Kelly enjoyed tinkering with old cars and old appliances, as he could fix most anything! He also passed many hours solving and creating his own Sudoku puzzles. He would lend a helping hand to anyone in Creede who needed any assistance. Kelly could be called upon by the House Committee at the Red Church to help set up for potlucks and other events.
Kelly is survived by his brothers, Clyde (Rita) Creede, Phil (Sharon) Reno Nevada, and Mark (Donna) Fruit Heights, Utah.
The family would like to thank all of Kelly’s family and friends for all of the care, concern, and prayers offered in this trying time. A special thanks to cousins, Bill Dooley, Ted Dooley, Betsy Strawn, and their spouses whose loving care is beyond measure.
Cremation was chosen and a Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements in care of Strohmayer’s Funeral Home.