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Kelly J. Appleby

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Omaha — Kelly J. Appleby, 67, of Omaha, formerly of O'Neill, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 at his home in Omaha.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill.

Memorial funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 at the mortuary in O'Neill.

Burial will be in the O'Neill Calvary Cemetery in O'Neill.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer /Society or the O'Neill Irish Legion Baseball in Kelly's name.

Kelly was born in O'Neill on March 22, 1955 to Fred and LaVonna (Moler) Appleby. He graduated from O'Neill St. Mary's Catholic High School in 1973 and attended Wayne State College where he pitched on the baseball team.

Kelly was a sales manager at Precision Industries / DXP Enterprises for 38 years and retired in 2020.  

Kelly also assisted John Stella with the Omaha South Legion Baseball Program for a few years in the 1980s.

Kelly enjoyed attending many sporting events in Omaha and around the country during his free time. He enjoyed watching the Creighton Bluejays and always was excited for his annual trip to St. Louis with friends and/or family members to watch his beloved Cardinals. Kelly also went on many trips to NFL stadiums to follow his nephew Miles Austin's career in the NFL. Kelly also enjoyed playing golf with his buddies on Fridays and golfing with his brother on visits back to his hometown of O'Neill.

Kelly's friends in Omaha were like family to him and all of them supported him during his decade-long battle with cancer and specifically our close family friend Debbie Donohoe, whom we cannot thank enough for everything she did to help Kelly during his illness.

Kelly is survived by his mother LaVonna Appleby of O'Neill; one brother Greg (Kaye) Appleby of O'Neill; three sisters Linda (Mike) Verzal of Omaha, Ann Austin of Union, NJ, and Ellen (Mike) Ludemann of Pierre, SD; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Fred and two brothers Bruce Appleby and Chuck Appleby.      

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