Derrell Wayne KELSO Sr.

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KELSO, Sr., Derrell Wayne
Oct. 20, 1935 - Sept. 29, 2013
Derrell, a man of God, loving husband and father, friend and community leader, passed in his Clarksburg home where he has resided for 50 years. He died peacefully with Lorna, his wife of 56 years, by his side. Derrell lived his life with purpose and joy and will be remembered for his integrity, generosity, and kind heart. He is survived by his wife, Lornalee Kelso, son, Derrell Kelso Jr. (Donna Kelso) and daughters, Lanise Renee Kelso Hargett and Ginger Lee Kelso Elisara (Eliu Elsiara) and 9 grandchildren. Derrell, born to a dry land farming family in west Texas, graduated from Merkel High School and earned his Plant Science degree from Abilene Christian College. He was Sergeant First class in the Army National Guard where he served 7 years. Derrell worked for Chevron Chemical Corporation (Ortho) and Valent USA for 40 years and in the 1990's worked in the corporate offices in Washington D.C. He also worked for his son, Derrell Jr., at Onions Etc. for 8 years in marketing. While living in Little Holland, the Kelso family had a 7 acre truck farm where they raised vegetables and sold to the public. He started the Little League baseball club in Clarksburg in 1967 where he coached until 1975. He was also a 4-H leader in Clarksburg for his children where they had sheep, chickens and pigs. Derrell and Lorna worked and attended what was known as the U Street Church of Christ. He was an elder at the Mack Road Church of Christ for 18 years and was the Pastor at the Lords church in Courtland for over 16 years, officiating at over 200 weddings, funerals and events in the River Delta. Derrell was the Walnut Grove Rotary President in 1979-80 and was awarded in 2006 with the Paul Harris Rotary fellowship award. Derrell loved his family and community and his passing will be a huge loss to all. Derrell is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Mary Kelso.
His life will be celebrated at the Vinewood Community Church, 1900 W. Vine Street, Lodi, CA 95242, on Sunday,
October 20, 2013 at 2:00pm.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on Oct. 13, 2013
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