Kelby loved the outdoors, spending time with family, and so very many of his friends. He was always up to go camping or fishing or for a hike.
Kelby was born in Cedar City, Utah, spent a little time living in Las Vegas, Nev., and spent 12 years living with his Grandma Dee. For the past year he has resided in North Dakota with his mom and brother where he worked in the oil fields.
He loved his new job and working hard to provide himself a better life, and was very proud of the work he was doing and how far he had come.
As a youngster he played soccer and t-ball and was in Kempo. As he got a little older he played Little League and football. Kelby also played the saxophone and was learning to play guitar.
He could always lift someone’s spirit by making his “cheese face” and his laugh. Kelby was in scouts and loved finishing projects and getting his awards.
Kelby had a way of making everyone he came across his friend. Nobody was a stranger very long. He was so caring and giving and was always willing to help.
He was the proudest uncle and absolutely worshiped the ground his “little Brodee” walked on. Kelby, your smiling face and uplifting personality will be deeply missed by all. “Our lives were blessed to have been touched by yours.”
He is survived by his mother, Garna Dee Webb of Belfield, N.D.; father Russel L. Higbee of Cedar City, Utah; his brother Ellis Clay Higbee of Stanley, N.D.; grandmother Aurelia Adair of Cedar City, Utah; his beloved nephew Brodee Lyn Higbee; his “adopted” family Dean and Helen Chynoweth of Cedar City, Utah; sister Natalie (Chance) Rhodes of Cedar City, Utah; brother Danny (Toni) Chynoweth of Cedar City, Utah; niece Lexi Orton; nephew Brennen Rhodes; grandfather Richard C. Higbee of Cedar City, Utah; and so many friends we couldn’t afford to pay to list them.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother Toni L. Higbee, grandfather Arlo Garn Webb, and a twin sibling.
Funeral services were Saturday, June 23 at the LDS Rock Church, 75 E. Center in Cedar City. Visitations were Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N. 300 West, Cedar City. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.