Bert Earl Kelsey
Bert Earl Kelsey
  • December 31, 1940 - October 24, 2017
  • Peoria, Illinois

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Bert E Kelsey, 76, of Peoria passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at OSF St Francis Medical Center and went into the arms of his Heavenly Father.

He was born December 31, 1940 in Kirksville, MO the son of Clyde and Beulah Christman Kelsey. He married Georgia Brush.

Bert is survived by his wife of fifty-five years; three sons, Tony (Terri) Kelsey of Farmington, Scott (Marsha) Kelsey of Fairfield, Iowa, and Clyde (Dee) Kelsey of Farmington; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie (John) Neily of Plantation, FL; and one brother, Larry (Connie) Kelsey of Brashear, MO.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Shirley Gorhing.

He was a self-employed Carpenter with Local 183 Carpenters until his retirement.

Bert was a member of Joseph Robbins Masonic Lodge # 930 and Mohammed Shriners of Peoria.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting and working with wood, but most of all he loved his family.

Bert was a Navy Veteran.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

Graveside services and military honors will be at 11 am Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Willmathsville Union Cemetery in Willmathsville, MO. Pastor Mike Wilson will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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