In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Dennis Lowman: Dennis was a 20+ year JH Kelly employee with a deep knowledge of piping systems and a calm demeanor (especially when he was running with a bunch of hot heads). A Kalama kid and Oregon State engineer, Dennis was our hard working, confident “philosopher of pipe” – he was an important part of the JHK team. Dennis had a kid’s giggle and a quick wit. He was patient and loved to share a story. His career reached back to the big paper machine jobs in Longview and Lewiston and ran all the way to the semi-conductor, power, and refining projects of today. He was loyal, hard working, and kind. He handled problems and helped us get the tough jobs done. Most of all, he was a beloved member of the team and will be greatly missed by the folks at JHK, his wife Donna, their family, and animals.

Dave Basso:  “A really good guy” is what everyone who ever met Dave Basso thought. For 28 years, Dave brought his sense of humor and get-the-job-done work ethic to his projects. He was a guy we counted on and his presence is truly missed. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have had him in the JH Kelly family. To his wife Pix and the rest of his friends and family – we will think of him always.

Vic Ross:  In late 2002, we lost a dear friend. Vic Ross had been with JH Kelly since 1982 and had made many friends throughout the country. He was more than a “Kelly Employee” – Vic was family. His loss was a tremendous surprise from which some of us may never truly recover. We at Kelly miss him dearly and think of him regularly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kitty, his wife, and the rest of his family.

Frank Murrell:  We received sad news in late 2014, that longtime Kelly hand Frank Murrell passed away over the Thanksgiving holiday after courageously battling several health matters in his later years.  Frank started with JHK in 1995 and retired in 2010.  He was our lead commercial estimator and ran several large projects including the Deer Ridge Correctional Facility in Madras, OR.  Frank had a playful sense of humor, easy laugh, and was a great member of our team.   He was well known in the industry and played an important role in growing our commercial mechanical business.   Always giving with his time, Frank  was a mentor to me and many others.   He will be missed by all that knew him.

Art Allen:  As longtime Kelly Man, Art led some of our largest projects.  With humor and poise, Art brought a level head and an honor to his job sites.  As seen in his son Dave, also a JH Kelly project manager, his legacy is one of true hard work and respect.  It is with much sadness that we lost Art in late July of 2015, but we know that he led a full life and leaves behind a family, and a JH Kelly work family, that will miss him dearly.


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