Kelly John Wechter, 47, surrounded by family went home to be with the Lord June 14th, 2016, after courageously fighting a four-month battle with cancer.
Kelly grew up and attended school as a Coquille Red Devil where he excelled in all sports. He went on to further his education at Linn-Benton Community College, where he played two years of basketball. He also attended the
University of Oregon for two years.
Kelly had a special gift for inspiring and positively encouraging every person he came into contact with. His infectious laugh and magnetic personality were the qualities that drew so many people to him.
He was a fearless competitor playing football, basketball and track. Other passions included his Native American heritage, hunting, fishing, and supporting all Oregon Duck teams. Recently he had begun officiating basketball games in his spare time. One other passion was his love for Alabama football — “Roll Tide.”
Kelly’s greatest sport achievement the game of golf, led him to his life’s career as a golf professional at Kah-Nee-Ta, Tetherow, and finally Wildhorse Resort in Pendleton.
Kelly is survived by his mother and stepfather, Terry and Bill Middleton; father Gene Wechter; his first love Kerrie Phillips Lucero; sibling and brother-in-law Crissy and Sam Shellhamer; siblings Melissa Beebe, Jeff Warren, Wendy Strode and Coby Wechter; son and granddaughter Aaron and Kaya Wechter; uncles and aunts Richard and Carrie Ann Shields, Richy and Rosemary Courtright, aunt Cory Courtright and uncle Terry Wechter. He is also survived by numerous cousins.
Kelly was preceded in death by his sister Angle Jones, cousin Leah Freeman, aunt Gayle Wechter, grandparents John and Dorothy Courtright, and grandfather Gene Wechter Sr.
Services will be held at Watson’s Ranch Golf Course, 93884 Coos-Sumner Lane (formerly Coos Country Club) in Coos Bay, Oregon, on Friday, July 8th at 2:00 p.m.
Cremation rites were held at Ocean View Crematory in Coos Bay. Friends and family can sign the online guest book at www.coosbayareafunerals,com
North Bend Chapel is in charge of arrangements (541-756-0440).