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Kelly Joseph Schnabel

Kelly Schnabel was born May 2, 1962 to Curtis and Ethellyne Schnabel of Tripp, South Dakota. He attended Tripp Elementary and High School where he excelled in his math studies. As a graduating senior he was awarded the Vergene Klatt Math scholarship. After high school he attended South Dakota State University and studied economics.
While growing up in Tripp Kelly enjoyed sports, and he played football and basketball throughout high school. He was the center for the Wildcats during their 1980 bid for a state number one ranking. Kelly also enjoyed hunting elk and deer and fishing the Missouri River. He made everyone jealous as a young hunter when his Whitetail easily won the big buck contest in Parkston. He also briefly held the South Dakota state record for a smallmouth bass.
Always a free spirit he learned the construction craft from his dad, and it took him to adventures in Colorado, Hawaii, and back to South Dakota. After living in Hawaii for years he had to adjust back to the cold of the Midwest but was always glad to be back with friends and family. “Little Curly Construction" was his company’s name, and he enjoyed the time at home.
Kelly passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019 at the age of 57 years.
Kelly was preceded in death by his parents Curtis and Ethellyne Schnabel.
He leaves behind three brothers Mark Schnabel, Tom Schnabel and Jerry Schnabel. Two sisters-in-laws Janelle Schnabel and Michelle Schnabel. Nieces and nephews include Trevor, Sara, and Courtney Schnabel of Nebraska, Jared and Jordan Schnabel of Colorado and Kloni Schnabel of Colorado and her son Dreeson.
A prayer service will be held 10:00 am Saturday, August 10th, at Goglin Funeral Home in Tripp. A Celebration of Kelly’s Life will follow at Ron’s Service on the corner of Highway 37 and Highway 18 north of Tripp. Starting at 5:00 pm everyone is welcome to pay their respects to Kelly and share your stories of his life.
This obituary was written in loving memory by the family of Kelly Schnabel.

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Kelly left us a year ago today. He is in my thoughts every day and will always be in my heart. I pray he has been released from all that troubled him so and has found the peace he so desperately wanted, but that always escaped him here. I hope he knows that he was, is and always will be loved! My very best to all that knew and loved Kelly.

Mary Choals Jul 8 2020 1:22 PM

Rest in Peace Kelly

Eileen Hardesty Aug 6 2019 7:49 PM

My man Kelly. I hope you find the peace you so desired. Until we meet again, keep your camels well watered.

Rainer Mueller Aug 6 2019 3:49 AM

I'm really sorry to hear about Kelly's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family

Clayton Mick Jul 22 2019 1:57 AM

How sorry I was to hear of Kelly's passing. I can still see that sweet little boy coming into my first grade class in Tripp. May our Lord comfort you at this sad time.

Judith Fauth Jul 20 2019 2:39 PM

Mark, Jerry,Tom, I am so deeply sorry to hear of Kellys passing. May God be with you all and your families during this difficult time. I will always remember the nice visit I had with Kelly last fall. God bless!

Vickie Prusha-Young Jul 20 2019 1:39 AM

Mark, Jerry and Tom We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother, Kelly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families! Times like these are never easy. Love, Cindy and Jim

Jim and Cindy Schnabel Jul 18 2019 5:10 AM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort you in your sorrow.

Susanne Wollman Jul 17 2019 7:24 PM

So sorry to hear about this. My deepest sympathy to you Jerry and Janelle and family, Tom and family

Tom Buehner Jul 13 2019 4:25 AM

Mark, Jerry, Tom and family. There arent words to express the sadness I have in hearing about Kelly. Like all of you, hes been like another brother to me my whole life. And, like all of you, Ill miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families. God bless.

Kirk Weller Jul 12 2019 4:11 PM