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Jim Kell, age 66, son of Sherman and Violet Kell was born April 6, 1945 in Holtville, CA. He died December 26, 2011 in Springfield, MO.

He is preceded in death by his father, Sherman.

He is survived by his mother, Violet of Houston; his wife of 24 years Deborah Belt Kell of Houston; three children: Martin F. Kell and companion Isa of Stuttgart, Germany, Megan Power of London, England and Marina Del Rey, CA, and Matthew Kell and wife Tara and granddaughter Brooklyn Erin Kell of Springfield, MO; two younger brothers; Sherman Ronald Kell of San Francisco, CA and Daniel Kell and wife Karen of Houston, MO; Also many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jim went to 17 schools growing up in a military family. He played football at MU before transferring to SD State University.

He spent many years in San Diego, and moved to Houston 18 years ago to be a support to his mother. He had experience in many jobs including Captain of a Sport Fishing boat, Yacht Sales, and Mortgage Broker and Banker, working for the Bank of Houston the last 13 years.

Jim was devoted to his family and friends and never met a stranger. He has had a zeal for life and loved to hunt and fish. He raised birds, llamas and bees. He loved to eat, play cards and root for the Chargers! He loved to socialize and never was at a loss for a good story to tell.

He and Deb traveled to many countries. He was always ready for a new adventure that would hopefully include a fishing trip.

Jim had a light and joy about him and that light will be sorely missed.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Texas County Hospice of Care, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Friday December 30, 2011 at the Houston United Methodist Church with Pastor Beth Duckworth officiating. Burial was in Kell Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were; Charlie Mueller, Wes Murray, Steve Hutcheson, Joe Richardson, Brian Durham, Brad Eidson, Matt Kell, Martin Kell, Larry Sutton and Jim Elam.

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