Westfield brothers killed in Kokomo plane crash; memorial service set for Friday


Siblings Liam. 17, and Reece Kelly,15, died in a plane crash Sept. 20 near Glenndale Airport in Kokomo. The brothers were members of the Flying Squirrels club and were flying prior to the annual Glenndale Days BBQ Bash charity event at the Glenndale Airport.

Jerral Alan Long, 63, of Kokomo, was the pilot. He also died in the crash. Cameron Wagler, 17, of Greentown, was hospitalized with injuries.

According to an obituary from Randall Roberts, Liam was a senior at Westfield High School. He loved airplanes and had applied to the Air Force Academy. He cleaned airplanes to pay for flying time, and he was a member of the Flying Squirrels for four years. He was a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society.

Reece was a sophomore at WHS and had participated in the school band. He had been a member of the Flying Squirrels for two years and wanted to follow Liam into the Air Force Academy.

The Kellys were members of Grace Church and were involved in small groups and Grace Kids Camp as volunteers. They ran cross country and track and participated in karate, Cub Scouts and swim club. They also enjoyed horseback riding, babysitting, mowing lawns and taking vacations with their family.

The brothers are survived by their parents Patrick and Kesha Kelly; grandparents Robert and Shirley Kelly and Dave and Dawn Hughes; great-grandmother Marian Hughes; aunts and uncles Robert and Karen Kelly, David and Sunday Hughes, Michael and Tara Hughes and Nathan and Dr. Brandy Hughes; cousins Megan Kelly, Jena Myers, Jacob Myers, Kylie Hughes, Hudson Myers, Kaiden Hughes, Caleb Hughes and Laura Hughes; and their dog, Charlie.

The siblings were preceded in death by their infant sister, Olivia Kelly; great-grandparents Walter Hughes, Mary and Garland Petty, Howard and Nellie Webb, Robert Kelly Sr. and Bernie Kelly; cousin Robert Kelly; and their dogs Lucy and Bella.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Grace Church, 5504 E. 146th St. in Noblesville.

For more, visit randallroberts.com.


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