Charles B. Kelling, longtime Moab resident, born in Brookings, S.D., died at home Aug. 13 from a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Chuck was a fighter, with an adventurous spirit and an unshakeable faith that life holds endless possibilities. Chuck enjoyed pursuing many paths of a spiritual nature and the power of the mind.
One of Chuck’s most joyous moments, was when, at the age of 71, he was named Thoroughbred Trainer of Canterbury Park, winning the $100,000 Claiming Crown Tiara, with his mare “Look To The Day.” Chuck continued to pursue his horse racing dreams, quoting “The best thing about this business is that you get up every morning with hope in your heart.”
Chuck was preceded in death by his son, Charles Burton Kelling, Jr.; first wife, Kathalyn (Kitty) Kelling; great-grandson, Tre’ Keith Harrod; stepson, Greg Holland; step-grandson, Justin Holland; brothers, Ralph and John Kelling, and his parents. Chuck is survived by his wife, Tina Holland Kelling, and family, and children, Mitch Kelling, Niccole Deister, and Tracie Fernandez. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Justin Jackson, Amber Jackson, Jason Henderson, Sheena Henderson, Caitlin Ballard, Regan Ballard, and Jennifer Kelling; four great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Kelling, and sister, Jean Kelling.
Memorial services will be held Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Community Church in Moab. Donations in Chuck’s memory can be made to the St. Labre Indian School, P.O. Box 216, Ashland, MT 59004 (www.stlabre.org or 1-866-753-5496) or to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, 500 Huntsman Way, SLC, UT 84108 (Huntsman Cancer Foundation.org) or by calling 801-584-5817.