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Benjamin W. Kelsey, 31

February 27, 2011

Benjamin W. Kelsey, 31, of, Chicora, Bradys Bend Township, Armstrong County, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Butler Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Kelsey was born Jan. 4, 1980, in Punxsutawney, the son of Bryan and Kim (Dinger) Kelsey of Chicora.

He was a 1998 graduate of Karns City High School. Mr. Kelsey attended the Chicora Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.  He loved the Lord and he would witness to those he talked to online. 

He enjoyed radio controlled vehicles, drawing, and the company of his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Dena Fisher of Chicora; his paternal grandparents, Robert and Phyllis Kelsey of Punxsutawney; and his maternal grandmother, Barbara Dinger, also of Punxsutawney; two nephews, Jakob and Logan Fisher of Chicora; as well as a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Frank Dinger.

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Road, Chicora, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011.  Funeral services will be held from the funeral home at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2011, with Rev. Mark Wallace, pastor of the Chicora Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, officiating. 

Interment will follow at Hillview Cemetery, Kepples Corners. 

Memorial contributions in Mr. Kelsey’s name may be made to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation at www.oif.org. To send an online condolence, please visit www.hilefh.com.

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