Douglas Kenneth Kelsey

1921 ~ 2012
Douglas Kenneth Kelsey, Ken or Kenny to family and friends, passed away quietly on November 25, 2012 at the age of 91.
He was born to Erma and Fred Kelsey on August 20th, 1921 in Salt Lake City. Ken had three sisters, Sarah (Sally), Lois and Ella Barbara all of whom precedes him in death.
Ken attended the University of Utah and started to work at Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph in June 1939 he had a career change on December 23rd, 1942 when he decided to join the United States Navy to help fight against our enemies of World War II. He went to flight school and became a Naval Aviator and a Flight Instructor. On March 16, 1944 the crew of the Patrol Squadron 207 spotted a U boat off the Atlantic Coast of America. While circling for a favorable position preparatory to a bombing run the plane took fire. Ken received the Purple Heart for his wounds in action against the enemy. He met his wife Helen Hock while they both were serving their country. He married Helen in February 1946. Ken continued his work with Mountain Bell and retired with 45 years of service. Helen and Ken were parishioners of Saint Ambrose Catholic Church.
He is survived by, his spouse, Helen Kelsey, his four children, Douglas Kelsey, MD, PhD (Karen), Greg Kelsey (Cindy), Mary Taylor (Lenzie), Anne Turner (Donald) and nine grandchildren, two step grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous grand animals.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday November 30, at 10:00 a.m., at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church 1975 South 2300 East where friends may call from 9:30-10:00 a.m. Committal Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 4th Ave. & T Street. Funeral Directors: Neil O'Donnell & Sons Mortuary.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 28, 2012