10th Mar 2015
Those of us who practice law in Guymon and the other communities of the Oklahoma Panhandle lost one of our own recently. You can read the fully obituary of Kenneth J. “Kenny” Kelly here.
I had just seen Kenny the day before at a reception the Texas County Bar Association had put on. We briefly spoke about getting together on a case we were both involved in and how things were going.
I do not remember the first time I met Kenny, but I am sure it was not too long after I moved back to Guymon to practice law almost twelve years ago. We practiced largely in different areas, but occasionally we would have a matter together. I always enjoyed working with him. There were a few more serious conversations, such as discussing how to organize our offices and keep up with technology. But, most of the time when I saw him we talked about our families, how the crops were doing, his latest fishing trip – the enjoyable things of life. Almost always we laughed about something. We once sat beside each other at a CLE, and I learned a lot more about his past and his family – especially his cherished grandchildren. It was an honor to attend his funeral and hear more about the things important to him – faith, family, cars, and others.
Since then, I have thought a lot about the fact that one day I will not walk in the door to my law office, as I do now most mornings. It has caused me to try to live more intentionally.
Farewell, Kenny. You will be missed. Deepest condolences from my family and office to his family, friends, office, and everyone affected.
This blog contains general information and the opinions of the author – not legal advice; you should seek the advice of competent counsel (attorney/lawyer) when considering any legal issues.