Orlan and Mary Kellenberger of Lamar, Missouri, died Sunday, June 13, 2010 in a private plane accident near Lidderdale, IA.


Orlan Eli Kellenberger was born July 4, 1945 at Rock Rapids, IA to Henry and Elaine (Grimm) Kellenberger and was one of twelve children. He graduated from West Lyon High School.


Mary Margaret Miller was born August 27, 1945 at Winthrop, MN to Noah and Laura (Schmidgall) Miller and was one of twelve children.  She graduated from Winthrop High School.


Orlan and Mary were married at Winthrop, MN on June 20, 1965.   On July 3, 1967, they were baptized and became members of the Apostolic Christian Church at Lester, IA.  Together they raised five children.  In 1981 they moved to Lamar from southwest Minnesota.  In 1993 they moved to St. Charles, MO and returned to Lamar in 2003. Orlan was a Real Estate Broker, a Farmer and a Right-of-Way Contractor. Mary worked various jobs in her life, but above all else she was a homemaker.


Orlan and Mary both enjoyed visiting their family and friends; they just loved people.  Mary was very creative, loved to cook and tend to her flowers, and especially loved her grandchildren.  Among his various occupations, Orlan especially enjoyed his excavation work.


Orlan and Mary are survived by two sons, Chad (Kelly) Kellenberger of Carthage, MO and Kyle (Dana) Kellenberger of Lamar; three daughters,  Jodi (Calvin) Luthi of Lamar, Janel Kellenberger of Lamar, and Janese Kellenberger of Lamar; fourteen grandchildren, Audrey, Jared, Jessica, Ryan, Caleb, Nathan, Amber, Austin, Danielle and Clint Luthi and Madison, Margaret, Molly, and Chase Kellenberger.


Orlan is also survived by seven brothers,  Dennis (Shirley) Kellenberger of Steen, MN, Leroy (Louella) Kellenberger of Beaver Creek, MN, Verlyn (Linda) Kellenberger of Lester, IA, Calvin (Edna) Kellenberger of Lester, IA, Bradley (Teresa) Kellenberger of Sabetha, KS, Curtis (Martha) Kellenberger of Lamar, and Ladell (Shelly) Kellenberger of Lester, IA; three sisters, Rosella (Robert) Metzger of Lester, IA, Connie (Doug) Bergstrom of Lakeville, MN, and Suzette (Doug) Messner of Eagan, MN.  Orlan was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ronald.


Mary is also survived by five brothers, Donald (Bernadine) Miller of Lakeville, MN, Thomas (Margaret) Miller of Winthrop, MN, Roger (Ruth) Miller of New Cumberland, PA, Brent (Kathleen) Miller of Chanhassen, MN, Michael Miller of Minneapolis, MN, a brother-in-law Kelly Ishaug of Bloomington, MN; four sisters, Melva (Duane) Eckberg of Winthrop, MN, Judith (Jerry) Feucht of Larchwood, IA; Mavis (Frank) Miller-Hickman, Lakeville, MN, Ilene (Eugene) Grace of Bloomington, MN, and a sister-in-law Ruby Miller of Havana, IL.  Mary was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Wayne Miller, and one sister Jean Ishaug.


The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Thursday, June 17, 2010 and again from 5:00 to 8:00 at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar, MO.


Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Friday, June 18, 2010 at the Apostolic Christian Church of Lamar.  Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.


Contributions are suggested to the Kellenberger Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.







#96 Winfield MOEd and Sherri Adams 2016-03-01 09:16
I am in complete and utter shock!! I was trying to find you, to do some business, and googled you, and i found this. I cannot believe Val, or anybody, didnt get ahold of me to let me know!! We lost some really good people, and my heart aches right now, just knowing i will never be able to see these guys again. Please get ahold of me.
#95 University City, MissouriGloria Nickerson 2010-07-17 21:04
Kyle and Kellenberger Family:

I was just informed of the loss of your parents, my friends. Please know that God will help you through this and also show me and your many friends how we can be comforted in our darkest moments. God saw two beautiful flowers and just had to have them. My God continue to give you strength.

Gloria Nickerson
Retired Right of Way Engineering
At&T - 2008
#94 Pittsburg, KSPegg Smith 2010-07-16 12:16
Janese and Janel,
I was so saddened when I heard of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. There just does not seem to be words to express, just know that I care.
God bless,
#93 San Antonio, TXShannon Washburn 2010-07-14 11:17
Dear Kellenberger Family,

My deepest sympathy to your families with the passing of your parents. I am saddened to hear about the sudden loss of Orlan and Mary.

God bless,

Shannon Washburn
#92 St. Louis, MOJoyce Martin 2010-06-25 20:09
Kellenberger family,
You have been in my thoughts and prayers often during the past two weeks. I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Orlan and Mary. They were very special people, and I loved them dearly. I have so many fond memories of times spent together in St. Louis. I will always remember Orlan flying to Princeville to attend my mother's funeral...it meant so much to me! My sincere sympathies to all of you. May you feel God's comfort during this difficult time.
#91 Pilot Grove, MOMary White and Patrick Kurt 2010-06-23 17:07
We just heard the news. Our prayers are with you during this time. Chad, Kyle, Janel, Janese, and Jodi...it will be tough, but time will heal the emptiness that you feel right now. Hang on to all the special memories that each of you have and find comfort in knowing that those will never go away.

Mary and Patrick
#90 Lamar, MOBud and LeAnn Campbell 2010-06-21 20:38
Chad and Kelly and family, you've all been in our thoughts and prayers much this past week. I've especially been thinking of Madison, Margaret, Molly, and Chase, for it's so hard to lose two grandparents at the same time. I hope each of you kids will keep something of your grandparents and cherish the good memories.
#89 Carl Junction, MOJill Cole Adams 2010-06-21 15:23
Jodi and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you as our God of love helps heal you and comfort you during this most difficult time.
#88 Buffalo Grove, IlJerry and Cindy Hann 2010-06-21 10:54
Our deepest sympathies on your loss. We will always fondly remember the times we spent with Orlan and Mary when we all lived in St. Louis.
#87 Rittman, OHNathan and Linda Schar 2010-06-19 20:32
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your parents! We were shocked to hear the news, and have been thinking of you. Special hugs to Janese and Janel, and I wish I could give them in person! Love, Linda

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