Kelly Loving died
peacefully at Franciscan Health Inpatient Hospice Center in Michigan City,
Indiana on April 5, 2017. He was 46 years old. Kelly valiantly fought brain
cancer for 15 months before his death.
Kelly is survived
by his parents, Gay Walker and Donald Walker of Chesterton; his wife,
Jennifer Loving; his children, Xavier Loving, Indigo Loving and Anastasia
Loving, all of Chesterton; siblings, Stacey (Loving) Hayes of Evansville,
Jodi (Loving) Ward of Evansville, Dawn Walker-Chalmers of Bondurant, Iowa
and Robyn Walker Virden of Indianapolis and many nieces and nephews.
Kelly Loving was
born on February 16, 1971, in Gary, Indiana, to Gay Loving and Charles
Loving. He graduated from Chesterton High School in 1989, and Purdue
University in 1994 with a Bachelors in Biology. Kelly began teaching at
Crown Point High School in 1994, then went on to complete his Master’s
Degree at Purdue in Biology in 1997. Kelly taught Biology, Physics,
Chemistry and many other science classes at Crown Point High School over his
23 year career as a high school teacher.
He married Jennifer
Loving, (Boatright), his best friend and partner in the Adventure of Life in
Kelly and Jennifer
welcomed three children into their lives; Xavier Loving, Indigo Loving and
Anastasia Loving and set about teaching them how to be human beings. His
children will remember him as an energetic, fun, caring father who
encouraged them to pursue their dreams and live a life of tolerance.
Kelly was an
accomplished baker and shared delicious cupcakes with the community at
Chesterton’s European Market where he was known as the “Cupcake Guy.” He was
a witty individual who was passionate about educating students, raising his
children and being a husband. His family was the most important thing in the
world to him. Kelly was a scientist above all and was always educating
himself. His passion for learning never ended, even throughout his illness
he continued to discover the world and share his knowledge with others. He
truly believed in science, discovery and learning. Kelly decided to donate
his body to further the practical education of medical students.
A Celebration of
Life (a/k/a Irish Wake) is scheduled for Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 1:00
p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Old Town Banquet Center located at 711 Calumet, in
Valparaiso. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Kelly’s life. Dress is
casual, because that is what Kelly would have wanted. There will be food and
drink provided. Please bring your favorite photos of Kelly, along with any
quotes or stories you would like to share. There will be a wall of memories
created in his honor during the wake.
In lieu of flowers,
please send donations to Franciscan Health Inpatient Hospice Center at 301
West Homer Street, Michigan City, Indiana, or the American Cancer Society.
The family would
like to thank the fantastic, caring staff at the hospice center for their
dedication to Kelly during his stay.