John Randy Kelder


Services for John Randy Kelder will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Southside Church of Christ in Killeen.

Mr. Kelder died June 16, 2014. He was born Dec. 6, 1949, in Belton, the son of George M. and Melba Springer Kelder

He graduated from Killeen High School in 1968. While at KHS, he was active in Future Farmers of America, where he was awarded the Lone Star Farmer Degree. In 1972, he graduated with a degree in agriculture education from Texas A&M University. While at Texas A&M, he was involved with the Aggie Rodeo Club, Saddle and Sirloin Club and Collegiate FFA.

Mr. Kelder was a vocational agriculture teacher in several school districts before focusing his career on buying and selling show lambs to the many 4-H and FFA kids that he loved helping.

During the last 45 years, his lambs were champions at local and county shows, as well as state fairs in Texas, Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois. The highlight of his career came in 2009, when one of his lambs won grand champion at the Houston Livestock Show.

He was a reader of all major newspapers and kept up with the world of sports. He especially enjoyed talking about the Texas Aggies and Texas Rangers. He was an avid golfer and spent many hours watching golf when he couldn’t play himself.

Mr. Kelder was preceded in death by his father, George M. Kelder Sr.; a brother, Michael Lynn Kelder; and a nephew, Michael Lynn Kelder Jr.

Survivors include his mother of Killeen; a brother, Melverne “Mel” Kelder and his wife, Susan, of Belton; three nephews, John Kelder of Austin, Tanner Kelder of College Station and David McBride Kelder of Copperas Cove; three nieces, Whitney Galvin and her husband, Ash, of Belton; Kylie Kelder of Irving and Stacie Ann Norman of Austin; and seven great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements.

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