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John William Kelso

John William Kelso

John William Kelso said goodbye to his family and friends over these last few weeks, days, hours and moments. He left this world Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, just before 9 a.m. John's spirit remains forever with us all.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marion; sons, Jonathan (Cathy), and Jason (Kim); daughters, Jessica and Nicole; brothers and sisters, Earl Jr., J. Thomas, Connie, Bonnie, Donna, and Michael; mother, Genevieve Kelso of Big Bear, Calif.; grandchldren, Rachel, Erin, Austin and Kamryn; and so many family members and friends.

Born in Russell, Kan., May 6, 1949, he grew up in Bell, Calif., and graduated from Bell High School (1966). He enlisted and served 4 years in the Air Force and later with the Air Force Reserves. He worked for 3M Co. in California and Florida for 25 years; since then he's been with Steris Corp. in Florida since 1999. He and his family lived in the Riverview area for over 16 years. John saw great potential in and found pride 
and joy through his children, grandchildren, and entire family. He strove to be and valued a true friend while taking comfort from these relationships. His younger days were spent surfing, boating, waterskiing, fishing, and camping. Golf was always his lifelong passion. Donations may be made to LifePath Hospice, YMCA, or The First TEE.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 3:04 pm
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper