Neil Kelty loved his mom, dad and six siblings. He adored Kelsey Nicholson and looked forward to their September wedding. Neil loved the Colts, Notre Dame and Purdue Football, the Baltimore Orioles, the Tin Caps, IU basketball, Apple and Carroll High School, and he followed politics, often supporting candidates from both parties.
Neil was 15 when his computer savvy put together my Terry Haffner website, and he was the first person to read my autobiography manuscript (not in book form yet). Neil said, “Terry, this is good and people need to read it.” Neil was my IT guy when my lack of computer knowledge frustrated me. Often, he would remote, take over my aging Gateway and bring sanity back into play. On Thursday, April 24, my brother called me with news that Neil was riding his bike to his work in Indianapolis when a school bus hit and killed him. He was in the bike lane and always wore a helmet.
Neil was my nephew, and the phone call was the worst I had ever received. Many times I have said the word was is the hardest to say following the loss of ones we love, placing past tense on the person. Well, with Neil I will say, his 24 years of life is what I shall cherish forever. His smile and laugh following my goofy jokes and his overall tender kindness is warmth in my heart today and many tomorrows.
Already this year, I have acknowledged numerous friends in the Legacy portion of the obituaries or attended showings. The untimely death of an incredible, bright and caring nephew hits home, cutting into the soul. Our entire family hurts deeply, but we will rise and be strong for each other. Neil loved tubing at the lake .I will listen ever so carefully this summer and am sure to hear his laughter . So many loved Neil and so did this uncle. Rest in peace, buddy.
Terry E. Haffner