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Albert 'Al' Kelsey

Feb 14, 2013 - Staff

Albert 'Al' Kelsey, of Riverton, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at his home in Riverton. He was 90 years old.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Robin Stupka officiating. A viewing will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Davis Funeral Home.

Albert Lewie Kelsey was born Aug. 18, 1922, in Daniel, the son of Earl Francis and Myrtle (Smith) Kelsey. He was one of six children, four boys and two girls.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1946. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Machinist's Mate 3rd Class.

On June 19, 1946, he married his wife of 65 years, Kathryn "Lucille" McGraugh, in Casper. After their marriage, they were in the livestock business with her dad on the family ranch in Bates Hole. In 1957 they moved to Dubois where they acquired a trailer court, which they fixed up and ran. While running the trailer court, Mr. Kelsey worked for Norm Clark skidding timber, later going into business with him.

A few years later the couple bought the Coast-to-Coast store in Dubois, which they ran for five years. The entire time Mr. Kelsey was in Dubois, he had his own backhoe and construction company. As his family said, he loved to work. After selling their business in Dubois, the couple moved to Riverton where he worked for Strube Construction and Brasil and Sims where he retired. The couple stayed in Riverton and made it their home until his passing.

His family said that beside his work, he enjoyed the outdoors; hunting, fishing, riding horses and working cattle were among his favorite things. He loved doing things with his family most of all.

His family said that he was deeply religious man. He did not go to church often but felt very close to the "Good Lord" and prayed every morning for his wife and family.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn "Lucille" Kelsey; sons Ed (Oscar) Kelsey and his wife Donna, and Colin (Bud) Kelsey and his wife Betty; sister June DeWitt; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; one sister; daughter Peggy Marie Kelsey; brother-in-law Bill DeWitt; and two grandsons.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.

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