William Hooper ‘Buzz’ Kellett, 84, American Indian jewelry seller, enjoyed boating, avid Packers fan

By on May 31, 2017

William Hooper “Buzz” Kellett, 84, of West Lampeter Township, and formerly of Lititz, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Lancaster General Hospital.

He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to the late William R. and Majel (Hooper) Kellett but soon moved back to the family home at Winnefox Point in Menasha, Wisc. Buzz celebrated 43 years of marriage with his wife, Daisette Gebhart Kellett, last February.

He graduated from Shattuck Military Academy in Faribault, Minn., and earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin in 1954. Buzz worked for tissue manufacturer Kimberly-Clark, then Potlatch Forest and last as a wholesaler of American Indian jewelry.

Buzz enjoyed sailing onboard his beloved “Winnefox” on the Chesapeake Bay, and reveled in yearly bareboat charters in the Caribbean. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, previously holding seats 16 rows up on the 50-yard line behind the Packers’ bench and right behind player Don Hutson’s wife.

He was always a wonderful host, but not necessarily the best guest. Buzz was eagerly willing to share his opinion about politics, weight gain, makeup, and hairstyles.

In addition to Buzz’s wife, Daisette, he is survived by four children: Kate Kellett, wife of Steve Nowell, of Boulder, Colo., and Kate’s children, Kelly and Kalen Kaminski; Kris Kellett of San Diego, Calif.; William Dean Kellett, husband of Lara, and their children, Jace and Ravenna, of Palm Desert, Calif.; and Josephine Kellett, wife of Frank Magri, of Crested Butte, Colo.

Buzz’s sister, Kalen Koch, preceded him in death.

Buzz was unique and memorable but, most importantly, was a loyal friend, a caring and supportive husband, and a loving father. He will be missed.

A celebration of Buzz’s life will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, with celebrant Linda Berger leading the service, at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. Please omit flowers.

To place a condolence online, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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