Karl W. Kelsey, 96 of Odon, passed from this life on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Bloomington, the last of 15 children. He was born in Daviess County on Jan. 16, 1921, to Thomas and Rebecca (Wilkey) Kelsey. On June 6, 1948, Karl took G. Ann Crane to be his beautiful bride. She preceded him in death on May 20, 1989.
Karl joined the U.S. Army and served in the 26th Infantry Division. His tour of duty during World War II included Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. Upon his return to civilian life after the Army, Karl worked for 34 years at the Crane Naval Base in ordinance and retired in 1978. Karl was a member of the Odon First Christian Church and a 50-year member of the Odon Masonic Lodge 303 F&AM. He was a quiet man who loved his family. Karl truly enjoyed farming and it gave him countless hours of enjoyment. Leisure time for Karl was horseback riding or tinkering with old cars.
Survivors include a son, Randy (Karen) Kelsey of Odon; a daughter, Pam (Tim) Morgan of Bloomington; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Karl is preceded in death by his wife, Ann; six sisters and eight brothers; and his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at the Meng Family Funeral Home in Odon, with Kenny Hudson officiating.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. until the hour of service at 10 a.m. A Masonic Service will be held Wednesday evening, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.
The Kelsey Family has entrusted all arrangements to James W. Meng Jr. and the Meng Family Funeral Home in Odon. Online condolences may be sent to www.mengfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 14, 2017