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Kelly Gene Monthei

April 9, 1961 March 24, 2020
Kelly Gene Monthei
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Obituary for Kelly Gene Monthei

Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Worthington, MN on Saturday, August 22, at 11:00 a.m., visitation will be held prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer, IA.

Kelly Gene Monthei, son of Daniel and Marian (Scheuermann) Monthei, was born on April 9, 1961 in Jefferson, Iowa. His family moved to Spencer, Iowa in 1964 where he attended Spencer Community Schools and graduated from Spencer High School in 1980.

Kelly was joined in marriage to Mary Krusenstjerna on October 2, 1982 in Spencer, Iowa where they lived and worked and were blessed with two daughters. Through his hard work, he earned the opportunity to move to Worthington, MN in 1989 and become a business partner/owner. He was very involved in the community and ultimately made many good friends and colleagues throughout the almost 30 years he spent in the business until retiring in 2018.

From a young age Kelly became very mechanically inclined and loved to take things apart to find out how they worked. This curiosity would be the start of a lifetime working with anything mechanical, electrical and technical. He was anxious to work and started at the young age of 12 and never stopped. From paper routes, restaurants, a freight company, a parts store and then to the tire and automotive industry where he truly excelled. He began his career at the ground floor literally by sweeping the floors, to fixing tires, to running service calls, to a wholesale route, and ultimately becoming a successful Owner/General Manager of 13 locations. This was by far his greatest accomplishment and joy, second only to his family.

Kelly was considered not to be just a boss, but a mentor, friend and someone who truly cared about them and their families. He had a very personal relationship with the people he worked with. He always wanted to help each person achieve their full potential. He felt as if work was one big family that all worked together to make the business a success. A true “Company Man”.

Kelly loved anything with a motor. He started with his first motorcycle at age five and loved riding them his entire life. He enjoyed to building motors, restoring cars, and anything associated with racing. He was an avid golfer and took much pride in his yard on the golf course. He enjoyed so many fun and wonderful experiences throughout his life. Trips he was awarded through business and vacations with family & friends. Anyone who knew him knows he definitely lived life to the fullest!

Kelly passed away on Tuesday, March 24th at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 58. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, many aunts, uncles and two nephews.

Left to cherish all these memories are his wife of 39 years Mary; his daughters, Jean Monthei and Jeff Lucas of North Mankato, MN and Kristen Bryant and husband Joshua of Syracuse, NY; sister Carla Hofmaster and husband Dale of Spencer, IA; grandchildren, Jacob Monthei Bryant, Eva Kruger and Jack Bryant; nieces; nephews; cousins and many relatives and friends.

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Visitation

Saturday

22

Aug

9:00 AM 8/22/2020 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/22/2020 11:00:00 AM
First United Methodist Church

408 11th St
Worthington, MN 56187

First United Methodist Church
408 11th St Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Saturday

22

Aug

11:00 AM 8/22/2020 11:00:00 AM
First United Methodist Church

408 11th St
Worthington, MN 56187

First United Methodist Church
408 11th St Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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