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Kelly Monaghan

Kelly Joseph Monaghan was born April 7th, 1956 in the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr to Robert and Ruth Ann (Ward) Monaghan. Kelly was welcomed in by older twin brothers, Mike and Pat and later joined by younger siblings Casey & Katie.
The family lived in Mount Ayr through Kelly's childhood; a childhood filled with cub scouts, swimming, skating, and sports like tennis and basketball at the old high school playground or tackle football in the vacant lot of the Presbyterian church. Kelly graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School as part of the 1974 graduating class.
In 1981, Kelly married Jackie Cavender (Reimer) and for several years enjoyed the role of step-father to her children Tony & Shannon. Kelly and Jackie moved their family to Creston, where Kelly first worked for Wellman Dynamics. In June of 1992, Kelly changed venue and began working for Bunn-o-Matic, where he worked up to his death.
Kelly was a private man, with noteable, humorous wit, and kind. His circle of friends was broad through work and play. This Irish patriot was often found at his local hangouts, Pine Valley Golf Course, the Legion, and the Eagles, where he truly appreciated the people he shared his time with. Usually dressed in shorts, year round, and always known for his signature green clothing, Kelly sported his favorite "Green" teams, the Jets and the Celtics, even when they weren't winning, which was quite often. His zeal for his favorite holiday, St. Patrick's Day, stemmed from his Irish heritage, but he was also a well known package shaker at Christmas, often luring in the nieces and nephews to help with the hunt for his Christmas gift.
He appreciated the small things in life like good home cooking, mashed potatoes and gravy, chocolate in any form, a car that started on cold days, and finishing hole #4 at Pine Valley in single digits and dry. (both him and the ball)
Kelly passed away February 15th, in the Creston hospital following complications from an accident. Preceding him in death are his parents, Robert & Ruth, younger brother Casey Monaghan and older brother Pat Monaghan. Surviving him are older brother Mike Monaghan of Des Moines, sister Katie Still (Ronch) and children Cassie, Jesse, and Jake of Mount Ayr; sister in law Charlene Lee and children Nicole Supinger and Jamie Holmes (Chad), great nephews Tristan, Darrian, and Kaidan Holmes and Robbie and Scout Supinger, great nieces Rhianna and Chaddlan Supinger; and a multitude of extended family and friends.
A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

  • Open Viewing

    February 19, 2014
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    February 19, 2014
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    February 20, 2014
    10:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Thursday February 20 2014

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA


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Guestbook

Deepest sympathy to Kelly''s family. He will be missed. Did not know Kelly very long, But he left an impression on me. He was generous and loved his music.
Friday''s will be different for quite some time.

Posted by Donna Badgett - Prescott, IA - co worker   February 20, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I can so relate to hole #4 at Pine Valley. Kelly will forever be remembered by all of us at Pine Valley. He always brought that wonderful smile to our golf course and was such a great partner in the best shots. His pleasantries and love for the game has given me many memories of his time shared with all of us at Pine Valley. You definitely will be missed and I send my dearest sympathies to your family. What a great person!

Posted by Deb Hymbaugh - Creston, IA - Friend   February 20, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Are family met Kelly and the rest of his family in 1972, when we moved back from Indiana. Kelly, Mike and Casey helped us unload our U-haul and helped us set up our home! Kelly always kept in touch with our family and after I moved back to Iowa in 1979 we reconnected. Kelly was always pleasant and ha had a great sense of humor especially while wee worked at Bunn together! Our mom still has his senior picture, that he gave us!

Posted by Beverly Straight - Clearfield, LA - Life long friend   February 20, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sending my deepest sympathy to Kelly''s family. Kelly was a classmate of mine, and I have fond memories of him and Casey from highschool. I know you will miss him and his smiling face so much. May your fond memories of him bring you peace, strength, and comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Sherry

Posted by Sherry Davidson - Grant City, MO - classmate   February 19, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Kelly was such a gentle and funny man. He loved to tell stories that went o forever! And you can not forget those BONY legs! We will miss his always smiling face!u3

Posted by Dave and Donna Leeps - Creston, IA - friends   February 19, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Kelly was a friendly guy. I worked with him at Bunn. He always had a smile and loved his laugh.

Posted by sharon williamson - Creston, IA - Co worker   February 18, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I loved working with Kelly at Bunn!! We had such awesome time together he always made me smile!! I will miss Kelly very much and my prayers and thoughts go out to all of his family!!

Posted by NANCY CONNELLY    February 18, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Katie, we are so sorry for your loss. We didn''t know Kelly, but I know the pain of losing siblings. We are thinking of you and lifting you up in prayer. Love, Joyce

Posted by Max and Joyce Smith - Mount Ayr, IA - Friends of Katie   February 18, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I"m saddened to hear of Kelly"s passing. He was a co-worker with me at Bunn as well as a great friend. We enjoyed talking about football-- me with Broncos & him with his Jets. I"ll cherish my Broncos blanet Kelly gave me when he got my name at a Christmas drawing. He will be missed by the rest of the gals in wiring at Bunn. RIP Kelly Darcy

Posted by Darcy Miller - West Point, MS - former co-worker & friend   February 18, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So shocked & saddened to hear of your loss. I grew up with Kelly & his family & have many memories of that time. My heart & prayers go out to Mike & Katie & their family. Kelly was a great guy & will be missed. Very glad I had the chance to know him.

Posted by Barb Supinger - Redding, IA - long time friend   February 17, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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