Curtis Ray Kelm, Sr.

April 1, 1946 ~ May 17, 2020 (age 74)


Curtis Ray Kelm, Sr.

SANTA FE - Mr. Curtis Ray Kelm, Sr. passed from this life Sunday morning, May 17, 2020, in Galveston.

Born April 1, 1946 in Brenham, TX, Mr. Kelm had been a longtime resident of Santa Fe. Curtis owned and operated Kelm Home Services as a master plumber for over 50 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a former member of the Walter M. Pierce Masonic Lodge #1639 AF&AM. Curtis was known as a hard worker but loved his family, especially his grandkids who affectionately called him PawPaw.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Otto and Rosaline Louis (Klingsporn) Kelm; wife, Carol Kelm; brother, Russell Kelm and step-daughter, Misty Ridlen.

Survivors include his sons, Curtis Ray Kelm, Jr. and wife, Jana of Dayton; Clinton Michael Kelm of Santa Fe, Michael D. Ridlen and wife Kathie of Columbus, Mark A. Ridlen of Santa Fe; daughter, Amanda Lee Kelm-Recknor and husband, Jarrod of Santa Fe; grandchildren, John Paul Phillips, Jared Carroll, Haylee Kelm, Taylor Kelm, Hannah Kelm, Saydie Recknor, Blayne Recknor, Jena Kelm, Clinton Kelm, Jr., Katie Ridlen, Shelby Ridlen; great grandchildren, Kendall, Brendan, Cowboy, KenLee, Aria; his dogs, LouLou and Bear and his cat, Kitty.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Hayes Grace Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home, 10412 Highway 6, (409) 925-3501, with Pastor Joshua McDonald officiating.

Memorials in the form of donations may be made in Curtis’ name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Graveside Service
May 21, 2020

11:00 AM
Hayes Grace Memorial Park
10708 Highway Six
Hitchcock, Texas 77563


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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