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MU's Delta Tau Delta honors the life of Kelly Needham

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | 8:02 p.m. CDT; updated 9:45 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Delta Tau Delta fraternity held a barbecue Tuesday evening in front of the MU Student Recreation Complex to remember their brother Kelly Needham, who died after a car accident in August.

COLUMBIA — Connor Downes will remember Kelly Needham for his infectious smile.

"Whenever someone was in a bad mood, Kelly could walk into work and smile at them and get them to smile back," Downes said.

Delta Tau Delta fraternity held a barbecue Tuesday evening in front of the MU Student Recreation Complex to remember their brother Kelly Needham.

Needham died Aug. 18 following a two-vehicle accident near Minoqua,Wis., on Aug. 13.

Needham, a senior at MU majoring in business administration, was a member of Delta Tau Delta and worked at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

Joe Chiodo, Needham's pledge brother, remembered Needham as a personable guy "with many friends all over campus."

Delta Tau Delta members sold tickets to the barbecue for $7 per person and estimated that 675 to 700 tickets were sold in advance. All of the proceeds from the barbecue will be given to Needham's family, Chiodo said.

Jeff Lasater, another of Needham's pledge brothers, said most of the food at the barbecue was donated and many of the MU Student Recreation Complex employees working at the event decided to donate their paycheck from the event to the Needham family.

Music played as dozens of Needham's friends and fraternity brothers feasted on hot dogs, chips and cookies.

"This barbecue is about celebrating his life," Downes said.

Supervising editor is Jacob Kirn.


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