Steve Kelsch, 62, of Hingham died July 7, 2013. He is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years, Stephanie (Shute) Kelsch of Hingham; his brother, Paul Kelsch of Quincy; loving in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. Steve retired from a thirty-year career teaching English at Stoughton Middle School. His extensive involvement in the schools activities included serving as the Stoughton Teachers Association president and being a founding member of the Adventurers Club. Steve also served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for 38 years, much of that time as a 1st Sergeant. While in the Guard he graduated from the United States Sergeants Major Academy, served on active duty in the War on Terrorism, and received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit. Steve also served as Historian for the 54th Massachusetts. Steve was an active member of Second Parish in Hingham, where he most recently served as the churchs moderator. A true citizen soldier, Steve devoted much of his energy to community work. He led his neighborhood as president of the Farm Hills Civic Society, with careful attention to how development affected South Hingham. He served on many town and regional committees, including the Veterans Council, the then Council on Aging, the Hingham Development and Industrial Commission, and the Route 3 South Task Force. In 2012, Steve was honored to receive Hinghams Veteran of the Year Award. A member of numerous historical and military organizations including the Hingham Historical Society, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and Friends of Gettysburg, Steve sought in many ways to help others learn the lessons and richness of history. A memorial service will be held at Second Parish in Hingham, 685 Main St., Hingham, Saturday, July 27, at 11. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the
. Steve was a strong supporter of the work of Second Parish and of the U. S. O. Assisting the family was Hamel Funeral Care & Cremation Service of Massachusetts. www.hamelfuneralcare.com
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Published in The Stoughton Journal from July 16 to July 23, 2013