Kelly C. Embrey, 48, St. Joseph, passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at his home.
He was born Feb. 21, 1971.
Kelly was a 1989 graduate of Central High School.
He served in the Air Force as a Registered Emergency Technician, on the Stealth Bomber Unit.
Kelly was a member of the 49th Mission Support Squadron, at Holloman Air Force Base, and was deployed twice to the Middle East in the first Iraq war.
He worked for St. Jo Frontier Casino for over 20 years and currently worked for Argosy Casino.
He liked to play poker and played in some poker leagues around town.
He and his friend, Chet, also played in a tournament in Vegas once. They didn't win, but they had fun doing it.
Kelly loved anything to do with magic and was himself an amateur magician.
He liked attending freak shows; his favorite being Hellzapoppin Circus Side Show.
He was preceded in death by: his paternal grandparents, Donald and Christine Embrey; maternal grandfather, Calvin "Kit" Carson; and aunt, Connie Jo (Embrey) Tabony.
Survivors include: parents, Steven and Debra (Wethington) Embrey; grandmother, Shelda Carson; uncle, Brian Carson (Jill); aunt, Lita Wethington; former wife, Jerri Jones; and his beloved pets, Doug, Chip and Cheeto.
Private Farewell Services and Inurnment at a later date.
The family will gather with friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to: Friends of the Animal Shelter.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.