A friend to many, a familiar face to most, and Estes Park legend and icon, Ed Kelsch passed away at his home on November 27, 2013.
Edward Joseph Kelsch was born on March 19, 1940, in Pittsburg, PA, to Edward J. Kelsch and Bernadette (Hepp) Kelsch. Ed grew up in Pennsylvania and attended high school and some college there. He remained a loyal Steelers fan all of his life! He served in the US Army and was proud to be a veteran!
Early in his career, Ed moved to Los Angeles and worked as a heavy equipment operator and for Bell Helmet. The "rat race" of LA and the fog of California were not to his liking and he moved to Colorado after a stint in Yellowstone. Ed was a seasonal worker at Rocky Mountain National Park but was not able to get on as a year round employee. He was hired by the Town of Estes Light and Power department and worked for the Town as a self-taught demolitions expert until his early retirement in the late 1980's. It was through his Town work that he initially got the nickname, "Crazy Ed". Perhaps the name came from some fishing stories floating around. That nickname could be applied to many of the escapades and stories told about him. At any rate, Estes has lost a most colorful character.
Ed loved Estes Park and was a very well-known figure as he made his rounds, walking (3-5 miles a day), visiting, checking his mail, talking to friends. He had numerous collections (cars, motorcycles, hats, etc.) and was proud of owning his house. He was very distinctive in his appearance (especially the 4th of July) and was the self-appointed door checker as he walked the downtown streets at night. He ate out every day and you could tell the day of the week by where Ed was eating. He had friends at the Post Office, library, RiverPlace and most businesses in town. He had seen many changes to his town but knew, even after the recent flood, that Estes would make it, just fine! He was a creature of routine and habit. A recent illness and Ed's absence from his usual rounds brought calls between friends, checking on Ed. He was kind and gentle, appreciative of others and knew he was loved!
Ed is survived by his brother, David of Pittsburg and Dave's wife, Mary. In Ed's memory, please support our local businesses, as a tribute to him!
His many friends in Estes Park who are left behind will celebrate Ed's life on Tuesday, December 10 at 10:30 am at the American Legion Hall on N. St. Vrain Ave. Please join together to celebrate this dear man's life, share a story or two and say, "See you in Heaven," as Ed knew Jesus to be the living Son of God and his Redeemer. A reception/light lunch will follow immediately afterwards. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place.