Dr. V. Carl Jelley, Jr., M.D. was born on July 15, 1943 and died on May 29, 2013 at the age of 69. He is survived by his daughter, Cantrell Wenzel, of Blue Springs, MO. He is preceded in death by his brother, Lee Jelley, his father, Vernon Carl Jelley, Sr., and his mother, Bernice Jelley. Dr. Jelley graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in Prairie Village, KS in 1961. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1965. Dr. Jelley received his Medical Degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 1969. He completed his internship in straight surgery at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in 1970. Dr. Jelley completed his residency program in Orthopedic Surgery with the Dickson-Dively Clinic UMKC, in Kansas City, MO in 1977. He received his Massage Therapy degree from Heritage College, Kansas City, MO in 2004. Dr. Jelley was Board Certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Dr. Jelley began his private practice in Orthopedic Surgery in Independence, MO and Blue Springs, MO in 1978. He retired from private practice in 1999. He began teaching adult swim aerobics in 2006. Dr. Jelley began substitute teaching in the Independence School District in 2008. He enjoyed serving the community in these positions up until the time of his death.
Dr. Jelley believed that hard work, responsibility, honesty, and integrity were the building blocks to a meaningful and purposeful life. He was fully committed to all he pursued in life. He believed in contributing to the greater good of the community, and giving of your time and talents to improve the quality of life of those in need. At the time of his death, Dr. Jelley was serving on the Board of Trustees for the Drumm Farm for Children in Independence, MO, on the Board of Directors of the Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra in Independence, MO, and on the Board of Directors for the Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center with the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. He actively volunteered as a tutor for the Boys and Girls Club in Independence, MO, as a mentor for Big Brothers and Sisters of Kansas City, as a member of the Missouri Sports Massage Team, and as a massage therapist for Kansas City Hospice.
Dr. Jelley pursued his interests and hobbies with the same commitment as he did his career and community service. He enjoyed travel, all genres of music and the performing arts, reading current research in Massage Therapy and Orthopedic Surgery, the study of World History and American History, and the study of the natural sciences, anatomy/biology, and astronomy. He also enjoyed collecting model trains, art, books, and music. Dr. Jelley strongly believed that “Education is the cure to all that ails us”. He was passionate about educating himself, and others, on all that he pursued. He will be dearly missed by those he left to carry on his legacy.
A Memorial Service for Dr. Jelley will be held at the First Christian Church of Blue Springs, MO on Friday, June 21,2013 at 7:00 PM. His graveside service and burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Paris, MO on Saturday, June 22 at 1:00 PM.
Memorial contributions can be made to Drumm Farm for Children in Independence, MO, Big Brothers and Sisters of Kansas City, and the Boys and Girls Club of Independence, MO.