- Local Guide
The good Lord took home William G. Kelso Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.
He died at Brookville Hospital at the age of 92.
Mr. Kelso was born June 19, 1919, in Brookville, the son of the late Arthur E. and Bessie B. (Smith) Kelso.
In 1981, he married Florence (Dolly) B. Hetrick, who survives.
Mr. Kelso graduated from Brookville High School in 1938 and joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed four years in Australia in the Pacific Theater as a radio operator on a C-47 transport plane.
He worked for Stercks, L.A. Leathers, the Franklin Mint and the RCA Plant. He was also a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Brookville from 1969 to 1981.
Mr. Kelso was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Brookville; the Brookville American Legion Post No. 102; and the Brookville Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 983.
In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include four daughters, Ann Mooney and husband Daniel, Mary Bowen and husband Ronald, Jean Reynolds and friend Kay Byerly of Brookville, and Carol Wagner and husband Richard of Stoystown; two sons, John Hetrick and wife Donna, and Dan Hetrick and wife Donna of Fredericksburg, Va.; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a nephew, Fred Kelso and wife Ann; and two nieces, Connie Borden, and Carol Baughman and husband Guy.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kelso was preceded in death by two wives, Marian Demyan and Louise Budnovich; and two brothers, Willard Kelso and Fred Kelso.
Bill was a walking Brookville historian who could tell you most any fact about his beloved town. He was a true family man and was affectionately known as "Papa" to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who all loved him dearly.
He valued his friends over the years, staying in touch even over many miles. He always took the time to listen ...a lost art. Like Will Rogers, Bill "Never met a man he didn't like."
Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the McKinney Funeral Home, Brookville.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Brookville with the Rev. William Laska officiating.
Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery, Punxsutawney.
Memorials in Mr. Kelso's name may be placed with the Rebecca M. Arthurs Library, 203 Valley St, Brookville, Pa. 15825; the Immaculate Conception Church, 129 Graham Ave., Brookville, Pa.; or the Jefferson County Historial Society, 172-176 Main St., Brookville, Pa.