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KEUSCH, JOHN PHILIP; of Chelsea, Michigan; age 103; died on Sunday, June 9, 2013. John was born on December 25, 1909, in Chelsea, Michigan, to Edwin J. Keusch and Ellen "Nell" (Walsh) Keusch. John attended St. Mary's school, Chelsea, class of 1927. An athlete, John excelled in all sports, and was a member of St. Mary's 1926 High School Basketball Champion squad, for "Class D" schools. He initially entered Eastern Michigan, with the idea of being an athletic coach, but changed direction and transferred to the
University of Michigan
. There he took the combined courses from the Literature, Science and Arts College onto the Michigan Law School, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1931, and his Law Degree in 1933. He was admitted to the Bar October 10, 1933, at the age of 23. In the depth of the Great Depression, there were no positions open to young lawyers and John took cases and appointments wherever he could. In 1934, he accepted an appointment as a United States Attorney, Department of the Interior, assigned to the creation of the National Forests and State Recreation Areas. Traveling by train throughout Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota for three years, John obtained tremendous expertise in real estate and public works law. In 1937, John returned to Chelsea where he assumed practice with John P. Kalmbach who founded his office in 1905. On October 5, 1940, John married Madeleine Lucia Boillore. A daughter, Ellen, was born on October 25, 1941. With the coming of
World War II
John took a commission as Lieutenant, Judge Advocate,
. He, Madeleine and Ellen then made their home in Evanston, Illinois, where Madeleine provided occasional dinners for fellow judge advocates, including a bachelor attorney-officer from Michigan, Gerald R. Ford. Returning to Chelsea in 1945 John's law practice expanded. He became President of the Washtenaw County Bar in 1961 and was a member of the Federal and Michigan State Bar. John served long tenures as Chelsea City Attorney, Director of the Chelsea State Bank, member of the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club, American Legion Post #31, Chamber of Commerce, U of M Club, Knights of Columbus, Inverness Country Club and Kiwanis. He and Madeleine were faithful members of St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea. Avid sports fans, John and Madeleine attended some 65 years of U-M football and basketball, including 8 Rose Bowl trips, the Olympics in Mexico City, Montreal and Munich, and more than 30 other U-M overseas trips. John and Madeleine had a huge circle of friends in the community and participated in many functions, even hosting parties through Christmas 2011. In 1969, Peter C. Flintoft, and in 1998, Patrick J. Conlin, Jr., along with associates Diana R. Newman and Jeffrey D. Alber joined him in the Chelsea law practice. John formally took emeritus status with the Michigan State Bar in 2012, being not only its oldest member but also the Michigan lawyer with the longest tenure of practice. Preceding John in death, daughter Ellen Keusch Rowan died December 1, 1997. Wife Madeleine died January 27, 2012 at 104 years of age. John is survived by niece, Mary (George) Condy of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, nephews Robert (Jan) Weber, McCordsville, Indiana, and Edwin (Theresa) Weber, Brighton, Michigan, 8 great and 10 great great nieces and nephews, and four honorary granddaughters, Anna E. Flintoft, Carrie M. Flintoft, Rebecca J. Flintoft, and Jessica Madeleine Flintoft. Funeral arrangements are by the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 N. Main St., Chelsea, Michigan 48118. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea, at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 24, 2013, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m., and also at church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or to a
Published in Heritage on June 13, 2013
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