In Memoriam - Dr. Howard H. Kellerman - Michigan Sport Horse Breeder

Howard H. Kellerman
Howard H. Kellerman

There is a special place in heaven for the often unsung heroes of our sport, and that is the "Horse Husband". Now that special place has a new arrival, Dr. Howard Hughes Kellerman. One of his pet peeves with obituaries was that they were often vague on the cause of death, so his own explained what happened. Howard H. Kellerman, born June 8, 1929, died Monday, May 14th at the age of 82 in an accidental death due to a rogue lawn mower which he stubbornly upset. This is the first argument he ever lost. Michigan Sport Horse Holsteiner Breeding Farm was started 33 years ago by Cheryl and Howard Kellerman. It was with the always enormous support of her husband that they were able to succeed with the their Holsteiner breeding program in America. After made many trips to Germany in the early 80's to learn about the breed and get advice from the German Association, the Kellerman's earned the #5 spot for breeders of dressage horses in the USA three years in a row. One of their proudest times was 2007, when Rantares (sire of Raymeister) became the #1 producing dressage stallion in the world for dressage horses in the USA. "Howard was always supportive and didn't even complain too much about my many winters in Florida with the horses, leaving him to brave the Michigan winters alone," said his wife Cheryl. It was in Howard's memory, and with his support from that special place in heaven, that Cheryl kept her plans to attend the Lamplight Dressage Show with her own horse and to support and coach her young rider student shortly after his unexpected passing, a trip which helped the healing at her time of loss.
A celebration of Howard's life is planned for Saturday, June 9th at noon at The Farm.
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Howard Hughes Kellerman M.D.
Laingsburg, MI
Howard H. Kellerman, born June 8, 1929, died Monday, May 14th at the age of 82 in an accidental death due to a rogue lawn mower which he stubbornly upset. This is the first argument he ever lost. (One of his pet peeves were obits that were vague on the cause of death.)

Dr. Kellerman enlisted in the marines at age 16, hiding his true age and served in China in the early post World War II era.

Howard earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1961 in the top 10% of his class having never graduated from High School or College. He practiced medicine for 34 years in Lansing, MI retiring from Sparrow Emergency Department in 1995. He was a founding member of the Sparrow ER corporation and saved many lives in the lansing area. He was also very active in the formation of the beginining of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Kellerman was a proud life member of the NRA and an avid hunter in Africa, Alaska
and in the back yard. Many local and state police use his back yard for shooting practice.
Favorite sport was shooting bees trying to eat his log home.

His other loves included scuba diving, piloting his own plane, dogs, motorcycles and boating.

Howard greatly enjoyed "Adventure Traveling" and among his many experiences were an African Safari and fending off drug smugglers while boating in the Caribbean. He also was the unlikely survivor of an exploding commode while on a bare boat catamaran trip in the Bahamas.

Dr. Kellerman was predeceased by his parents Estella and Don Kellerman, his daughter Jamie and his son Don.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years Cheri, and his sons Todd Hughes Kellerman and   Dustin Repaskey. Howard will be sorely missed by his brother Richard (Bonnie) who spent
many hours loading bullets and shooting together, and his sister Elaine Rosati. He also leaves behind his dearest friend and fellow hunter of many years, Officer Kip Harman.
 
We will all miss his cool analytical mind and his ever romantic heart.
 
A celebration of Howard's life is planned for Saturday, June 9th at noon at The Farm.
Contact Cheryl Kellerman




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