May 30, 2005
Services: Have been held.
Mr. Kelly Askew, 69, of Portales, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.
He was born on Jan. 27, 1936, in the Garrison community, to Marie and Dell Askew.
He grew up in the Garrison community and attended school at Causey until the middle of his sophomore year. At that time the family moved to California. He graduated from Torrence High School in 1955. Shortly after graduation he joined the U.S. Air Force. After four years, he joined the California National Guard and worked as a clerk for 10 years. In April 1970 he returned to New Mexico and joined the New Mexico National Guard. He retired in 1978 after working for the federal government for 22 years. Following his retirement he moved to Portales. He was a member of Victory Life Church in Portales.
Family members said he enjoyed playing the piano, yard work and kept an immaculate yard.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include a brother, Win Askew of Portales; two sisters, Evelyn Kiker of Portales and Gale Serpa of Angel’s Camp, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews, including Kathleen Kiehne (Arkie) of Portales.
The Rev. Walter Huber will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Van and Win Askew, Arkie, Ned and Kurt Kiehne, Joey Serpa, Wayne Victor, Johnny Kiker and Randy Mitchell.
Honorary pallbearers are the staff of Heartland Continuing Care Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Causey Cemetery Fund.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.