Kelso, Alan A.  1931-2019

Alan Arthur Kelso, of Warrensburg, passed away June 12, 2019. He resided in the Missouri State Veterans home in Warrensburg. Alan was born on Sept. 29, 1931, in Wasta, South Dakota, to the late John Kelso and Martha Whitted Kelso. Alan was the third of 12 siblings. The family moved to Missouri in 1935.

He was predeceased by: his loving wife of 60 years, Fannie L. (Hibdon) Kelso; and infant son, Steven Gail Kelso.

Alan was a 1949 graduate of Stover, Missouri High School immediately enlisting in the United States Army upon graduating. When asked why he joined the Army, he liked to say, I got tired of milking those damn cows! His military service, 1949 to 1952, included 18 months in Korea during the Korean War. He always said he was never colder than the winter of 1950 to 1951. Upon discharge he returned to Missouri, where he married his life-long love on March 25, 1955. The family moved to Kansas City in 1962 where he worked for Devine Lighting until retiring in 1995. Alan and Fannie moved to the Warrensburg area in 1984.

Alan is survived by: sons, Michael (Lynnette), Calvin (Lynda) and Richard (Joyce); his pride was his grandchildren, Katie (Andrew), Sarah (Carson), Shelby (Haylee), Darby (Nick); great-granddaughter, Bella; and great-grandson, Ryan.

He is also survived by: his siblings, Viola Casey, Leah Burns, George (Delphia), Don, Wilda Bogle, Carl (Linda); and sisters in law, Shirley Kelso and Alice Hibdon; not to mention the many nephews, nieces and a lifetime of friends, especially Ralph and Wilma Rennison.

He is predeceased by: his siblings, John, David, James, Ruth Farr, Wanda Thompson; and brothers in law, Don Casey, Arnold Burns, Carl Thompson, Jim Bogle, Joe Farr, George W. Hibdon; and sisters in law, Marlene Kelso and Doris Kelso.

Funeral Services: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Williams Funeral Chapel, Warrensburg

Clergy: Chaplain John Roberts

Interment: Centerview Cemetery

Pallbearers: Mike Kelso, Calvin Kelso, Richard Kelso, Shelby Kelso, Leslie Kelso, Donnie Kelso

Visitation: noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Williams Funeral Chapel, Warrensburg

Memorials: Warrensburg Veterans Home

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