Andrew Kell

Andrew Jackson Kell, 88, died Friday, April 16, 2010, at his home in Raymondville.

He was born Sept. 29, 1921, in Raymondville, son of John Oscar and Hattie Martin Kell.

He grew up in the Oscar community and attended school at Splitlimb.

He served with the Army in WWII and Korea. He received the Purple Heart and Silver Star. He was honorably discharged Jan. 7, 1946.

He worked many jobs throughout his life. He was a mechanic and owned his own station and garage in Raymondville. He worked several years for Chevrolet in St. Louis and later was a welder for Caterpillar in Illinois. He moved back to Raymondville and reopened his garage. He also was a carpenter working for the local union #2298 out of Rolla until he retired in 1985.

He enjoyed tinkering in his shop, making scale models of western miniature stagecoaches, buggies, wagons, trains and trailers. He loved showing off his wife’s paintings in his shop.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Laura; his son, Ron; and 11 siblings, Audrey May Kell Worlow, William Kell, Dorothy Jane Kell Worlow, James “Everet” Kell, Merry Kell, Oren Wesley Kell, Iva Kell, Parnell Kell, Willie Farrel Kell, Donald Ray Kell and Catherine Kell Keaton.

Survivors include a son, Mikel Kell of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.  

Services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Villapiano officiating. Burial was in McMahan Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Faith Fellowship Church.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansfh.com.

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