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Michael “mad dog” Kelly dies

by Sue Deyoe ~ June 18th, 2010

Photo courtesy of Debra Whitecar

originally aired 6/16 – Talkeetna emergency services responded to a 911 call last night  at the Talkeetna Historical Museum in downtown Talkeetna.  Michael Kelly, museum curator, collapsed and died last night, apparently of a stroke.

His wife, Glenda, had returned home after an evening walk and found him unconscious.  She immediately called for assistance.  Michael was flown by air ambulance to the hospital where he was on life support until Glenda could be with him. The friend that drove with Glenda to Anchorage says that the EMS response was phenomenal.

Kelly, a 10 year resident of both the Chase area and Talkeetna, was well known in music circles and was an accomplished musician.  Affectionately known as Mad Dog, he was a fixture at past Moose Dropping festivals.

Although he knew he had a terminal illness, the death was sudden and is a shock to those that knew him.

KTNA will announce any services when plans become known. (Glenda says there are plans for cremation, but not much else is known at this point)

18 Responses to Michael “mad dog” Kelly dies

  1. Delia

    I will miss you so much, dad!

    Love always
    Delia

  2. Cary Birdsall

    Talkeetna loses another good heart. A son of Cinci and a brother here. Love ya Michael. God Bless.

  3. Janis C.

    Not many people get to find their birth parents and I was fortunate to have known you. Rest in peace you hippie man!!! I will cherish the memories that I have you. Love, Janis

  4. Cathy Pieper

    Michael was my first friend in Talkeetna and an amazing energy in my life. I have so much more to thank him for than I could list. Michael enjoy your venture in the next dimension. We will miss you! (and your music).
    May you ride on a cloud of love from all of those whose lives you touched.
    Cathy

  5. Jerry Rauen

    My dearest friend and brother,

    A truer friend nobody could ever have.
    You will always be in my heart.

    Love forever,
    Rogue

  6. Natasha McIntosh

    I met Michael in 2004, and his gentleness struck a chord in me. 5 years later, I returned to Talkeetna, and he greeted me with a hug as if not a day had passed. Over that summer, he came to sit at my bar and tell me his stories and smile that amazing smile. His warmth was incredible – his gentleness, sincerity and spirit were one of a kind. We sat on the deck that summer, and listened to him play the songs of his heart. One song, in particular, that he had written for his wife, Glenda, that brought me to tears. I will NEVER forget him or that night when this kind man was bearing his soul – the way a true musician does – with sincerity and heart. It was comforting to know that his red head and Lennon glasses were always just a block away, guarding the history of Talkeetna, in that old museum. I didn’t know him as well as others – but he was one of the rarest of the rare – and I will miss him dearly and send my love to those who are suffering with the loss of having his hugs every day. You will always have him. A fire like that, it just never goes out. Bless you. We love you Mad Dog.

  7. Bob Cain

    The “Rat King” has passed and the world has lost one of it’s few remaining original unique people.You will be deeply missed.

    “The world is filled with treasures but none quite as great as the unique individuals who are willing to step out of line and enjoy life to it’s fullest extent.”

    RIP my friend and may you bring as much joy to others in your next quest as you did in this one.

  8. Tim Cain

    What the caterpillar calls the end, God calls a butterfly. Fly free and in peace my friend. I will never forget you. Love always, Tim Cain

  9. Debbie Whitecar

    In June 2006 Michael married Christian and me here on our property outside of Talkeetna. It was the best ceremony – suited for us. He made our day special. I then worked as a Festival Coordinator with the help of Michael on the 2006 and 2007 Moose Dropping Festivals. Teaming up with him was such a treat. When talking with him on a daily basis during the months before the festival, we always had a laugh. He always made some fun comment about me being German and he looked at it as a good organizational trade, or something. Since then, I always visited Michael at the museum whenever I was in Downtown, together with my then still little daughter Shelby, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to introduce our newborn baby boy Carson to him just a couple of week ago. — I will miss him. We will miss him.

  10. Bridie Kelly

    Dad, you were a blast to be around. You always made me laugh! I hope you knew how much I loved you and although I can no longer pick up the phone to call you, I’ll look up to the sky and know that I can talk to you at anytime and you’ll always be with me.

  11. HARVEY-THE MULEMAN

    WHAT CAN A MAN SAY TO ANOTHER EXCEPT THAT WHEN YOU CALLED ME BROTHER AS YOU ALWAYS DID—I KNEW IT TO BE TRUE AND FROM THE HEART. I MET MANY “TALKEETNA CHARACTERS” MY SHORT TIME IN THE VILLAGE AND YOU , AS WELL AS ALL, MADE ME FEEL AS IF I SHOULD HAVE BEEN BORN THERE AND WOULD BE OUT OF PLACE ANY WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD…..BUT THEN YOU WERE THE SAME TO ALL WITH WHOM YOU CAME INTO CONTACT AND WE WERE MOST BLESSED!! I WILL REMEMBER YOU AS A MAN WHO WAS A FRIEND TO ALL ,REGARDLESS OF THEIR SHORT COMMINGS, AND ONE WHO LOVED HIS WIFE. WOULD I BE MORE LIKE YOU ,MADDOG ,I WOULD BE A BETTER MAN!! GLENDA- I LOVE YOU FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE AND FOR TAKING SO GOOD CARE OF MADDOG FOR SO LONG . HE WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE YOU IN HIS LIFE. I KNOW- FOR HE TOLD ME SO. MY PRAYERS ARE FOR YOU. HARVEY

  12. Bob & Susie from Cincy

    We were happy to spend some time recently here in Cincinnati with Michael and Glenda. We go back +30 years, and he was always a kind & pleasant soul…and he still is! Being in Alaska the last few years we only had memories to connect us.

    We hope to spend more time with Bridie & Delia here in Cincy, and we will always have you to bring back some good times and memories! We know you are at peace and please put in a good word for all of us here.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Glenda and your friends and family!
    Bob, Susie & Tony Johnstone

  13. Bob & Susie from Cincy

    We were glad to be able to spend some time with Mike & Glenda recently here in Cincinnati. Knowing Mike over +30 years– he definitely was a kind and loving soul. And his soul still is!

    Since he has been in Alaska the last few years we had fond memories of past experiences to keep us connected…and we still will. Be at peace brother and keep the gates open for us…

    Our prayers and thoughts are with Glenda/family and friends. We’ll help keep an eye on your girls.

    Love,
    Bob, Susie & Tony

  14. Bob and Beve Lutz

    We met Michael and Glenda when we all arrived in Talkeetna for the first time in the summer of 2000. We managed the campground at the end of Main Street for three summers and they were among our first campers. We readily became good friends and were fortunate enjoy many days at their house up the tracks. The best times, though, were at the Fairview Inn, listening to Michael and whoever else turned up for that evening’s band. We spent our last night in Alaska with them down at the river watching the Northern Lights. We were able to see them in Cincinnati while they were out in January. We miss him and will remember him always. He touched our hearts.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Glenda.

    Bob and Beve

  15. Amy (McAbee) Legate

    My heart is with you Glenda. My time spent in Talkeetna was bright because of the days and nights we were able to spend with one another, either at the rivers edge or having dinner. Mike will be greatly missed, I feel so far away and wish I could be in town with all the folks who were touched by him.

    With a sad heart,
    Amy (McAbee) Legate

  16. Mike Duncan

    Michael was so good to me as a friend and mentor when I joined the band, RUNNER, as a wet-behind-the-ears21 year-old guitarist who was now with a group of older, seasoned pro’s. I learned so much from that experience and will never forget Michael’s friendship and tutelage. He called me “kid” and took me under his wing, I can still hear him singing “Light My Fire” …..and doing so even better than Morrison. It makes me very sad that I was not able to re-cnnect with him later in life to tell him how much he meant to me. A missed opportunity for me, to be sure. He was a talented, unique, kind soul. I am sure, 35 years later we would have still had a connection. Most of us are not as lucky to leavee behind such a positive energy and legacy as Mike did. My thoughts are with you Glenda, I am so sorry for your (and our) loss.

    Mike Duncan

  17. Barb & Steve

    A very special friend is gone and life will never be the same. When you and Glenda decided to moved from Cincinnati to Talkeetna we knew we would be seeing you again and we were lucky enough to do that,(several times) Alaska is a beautiful place, I can see why you wanted to live there. We were so glad that you spent the past winter with us in Cincinnati. The memories of all of our time together will always be cherished. Michael, our hearts are sad and you will be missed, dearly. Glenda,we love you and wish we could be there for you through this difficult time. Love, Barb and Steve

  18. Mike McCoy

    I guess I need to introduce myself. I don’t know if Michael ever mentioned me. I would be more than flattered if he had. I was the keyboard player in Plum Wine. I live in Hunt Valley Maryland which is just outside of Baltimore. I’m sitting here in my music studio. Last night (Wednesday, Aug 4 2010) I was sitting here googling and it led me to find out about Michael. I’ve been in a fog for the last 24 hours. I guess part of it has to do with the fact that he was only 6 months older than me. Part 2 must be because I’m disabled and the reality of that has now hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. Mortality and all of that stuff. I was actually googling our bass player Nolan Medenhall but that’s another story. I hope somebody sees this. I’d really like to talk to someone about Michael. I know It’s been 40 years but I loved him then and I still do. Peace. Mike

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