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     Winton D. “Jack” Kelsey, age 89, of Mindenmines, Missouri, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016, with family by his side at his home.

     Jack was born May 19, 1927, in Mindenmines, to Elmer and Stella (Applegate) Kelsey.  He graduated from high school and entered the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific during World War II.  After completing his tour of duty in the Navy, Jack joined the Army Reserves and was called to active duty in Korea in 1950.  Patriotic and loyal throughout his life, he was active in the Jasper VFW Post 6415, American Legion, and Pittsburg Legion Riders and Patriot Guard Riders.

     Returning to civilian life August 31, 1951, Jack began a career in HVAC, living in Pittsburg and working in the physical plant at Pitt State for many years. As an avid biker, Jack was a life-time H.O.G. member and enjoyed the fellowship of the Scooter Boosters and R.O.M.E.O. riders.  He was a talented artist, crafting wood sculpture art for family and friends.  Jack was a green-thumb gardener who had raised vegetables to share and enjoyed working in his lawn and flower beds.  He was a member of Mindenmines Christian Church and had attended First Christian Church of Lamar.  In later years, Jack made many lasting friendships over lunch and activities at Barton County Senior Center.

      Preceding Jack in death were his parents; two wives, Billie (Harris) Kelsey, who was the mother of his five children, and Cecile (McNally) Kelsey; longtime friend, Rita Wilson; brother, Bud Kelsey; sister, Mable Letton; and two granddaughters, Megan and Barbara Kelsey.

     Survivors include his loving companion, Donna Letton; two sons, Jack (Robbie) Kelsey, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Kevin (Marty) Kelsey, Golden City, Missouri; three daughters, Jonni (Bob) Ottesen, Olathe, Kansas, Connie (Wayne) Taylor, Johnston, Iowa, and Kim Kelsey, Kansas City, Missouri; a sister, Maxine Chesnut, Lamar; nine grandchildren, Melanie Bates, Dustin Ottesen, Monty Taylor, Derek Ottesen, Christian Kelsey, Jessi Smith, and Cody Smith; nine great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; a large extended family; and a host of friends.

     A memorial service including full military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 7th at Daniel Funeral Home.

     The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Barton County Senior Center or Three Rivers Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Comments  

#3 Cherylacey 2016-06-08 21:38
I can't remember not knowing the Kelseyville growing up in mind enmeshed so sorry for your loss jack was always friendly
#2 Waterloo, IowaLylia and Van Hare 2016-06-07 07:52
To Jack's Family -
Van and I were so sorry to hear of Jack's passing, yet we knew time was near for him. It was our intention to get down "one last time" before he had to go, but he just ouldn't quite make it happen.
Jack was a very SPECIAL man who touched a great many people during his life time, and he had a unique way of making a friend forever with a total stranger!
Jack will be a HUGE loss to all who knew him, but thank God, he has left behind enough pleasant and humorous memories to entertain us for some time to come.
It is with much regret that we could mot make his funeral today, but the notice was just too short to work out for us to get down, we wanted to so badly. We still plan a trip down soon after to visit his gravesite,however. (Thank you Kim for the call.)
Not enough can be said about your WONDERFUL father and all the kind and loving ways that he gave of himself to others during his life here. I know you are so proud of who Jack was and all he did through his achievements:
Just to mention a few of Jack's countless qualities that he was known for: He was talented, skilled, caring, ha a glowing personality, was honorable in all his services - both military and social, respectable, dependable, always willing to help, the list is endless!.
We love and miss him already, but will forever keep him in our hearts.
Oh yes, he also "hooked" us up with MISSY, our cat, who turned out to be a precious blessing to us.
#1 LamarBette Smith 2016-06-05 14:01
I loved seeing Jack every Sunday morning at church. He was always teasing me and laughing. I'll miss him. I am glad to have called him my friend.

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