Kelly Playle, 53, of New Sharon, passed away Tuesday morning, Nov. 16, 2021, at the Univer-sity of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, at New Sharon United Methodist Church. Burial was held in the Barnes City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to PROS or North Mahaska Archery Team.
Kelly Dean Playle, the son of Lewis and Marion (Knowler) Playle, was born Jan. 6, 1968, in Oskaloosa. He graduated from North Mahaska High School in 1986. Sept. 29, 1995, Kelly was united in marriage to Mindi Walker at New Sharon United Methodist Church. To this union four children were born: Landen, Ashlynn, Bryant, and Sullivan. Kelly worked at Vermeer Corporation in Pella and then Mitrisin Motors in Oskaloosa before working for Phil Morris at Phil’s Auto Stop. He worked there a few years before purchasing the business in 2017 and renaming it Hometown Auto Shop. Kelly loved his job and really enjoyed his customers and friends stopping by helping him solve the world’s problems. He also enjoyed going out to eat, Iowa Hawkeye football games, and most of all spending time with his family. He loved taking his family on vacations and had already planned their next one to Universal Studios. He was a member of the New Sharon United Methodist Church.
Kelly is survived by his wife Mindi Playle of New Sharon; his children Landen Playle, Ashlynn Playle, Bryant Playle, and Sullivan Playle; his parents Lewis and Marion Playle of Barnes City; his sister Mary Lou (Mark) Van Wyk of Lynnville; his nephews Matt (Becky) Van Wyk of Indianola and Tony (Ashley) Van Wyk of Lynnville; his mother-in-law Nancy (Tom Bayliss) Walker of New Sharon; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law Gary Walker and his brother-in-law Nicholas Walker.