By The Mercury

Kelly G. Heptig died Wednesday after a courageous battle with cancer.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born Jan. 13, 1960, the youngest child of William and Patricia (Noll) Heptig, formally of Flush. After high school, Kelly went to work for Sam Seal’s body shop and then spent nearly 30 years working for Alan Clark Body Shop.

Kelly was known for his skills painting automobiles. Kelly was also the owner of K.H. Custom Cues and has created some of the most beautiful cues for pool players across the nation.

Kelly is survived by his mother, Patricia of Council Grove; brothers Bruce (Kathy) of Topeka, Joe (Carolyn) of Winfield, and Tim (Deb) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sisters Connie Carter of Manhattan and Lora Siegle (Frank) of Council Grove; 21 great-nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins and friends.

Preceding Kelly in death are his father William Heptig and nephew Rodney Willyard.

A celebration of Kelly’s life will take place at the Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego on Saturday at 4 p.m. Dress is casual.

Following will be a social gathering to celebrate his love of pool at R.C. McGraw’s in Manhattan at 6 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University.

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