Charles R. Kelsey, 98, of Monterey, Ind. passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in his son’s home in Apalachicola.
The son of Dr. Arthur and Augusta (Keitzer) Kelsey, he was born in Monterey, on March 21, 1915. He married Mary Helen Kennerk in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Jan. 6, 1940. She preceded him in death July 6, 1989.
Charles was a graduate of Monterey High School and earned a degree in forestry from the University of Michigan. He had a strong passion for the outdoors and agriculture, serving on several agricultural boards in Monterey and Pulaski County. He was also a longstanding member of the First National Bank of Monterey board of directors, serving over 60 years.
An avid traveler, Charles enjoyed sharing stories of his adventures. He was wealth of knowledge of the people and development of the town of Monterey. He appreciated an audience when recalling historical facts and details of Monterey and surrounding areas.
He is survived by his children; Kathleen (James) Hastings, Rapid City, S.D.; Michael (Liz) Apalachicola; Arthur (Joyce) Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Robert (Kathy) Monterey, Ind.; Martha (David) Shouldis, Seymour, Conn.; David (Pat) Lake Lotawana, Mo.; Terrance (Kathy) Culver, Ind.; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Roberta (Bill) Thomas, Phoenix, Ariz; and one sister-in-law, Vieve Kelsey, Chandler, Ariz.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bernard, William H., Paul, Lawrence, and Edward; and sisters Martha, Mary Richter, Catherine Hiland, and Ruth Kleykamp.
A Celebration of Life will be held May 25, 2014 in Monterey, Ind. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to Public Television Michiana, Inc., 2405 Division St., Mishawaka, IN 46546, or Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat St, Americus, GA 31709.