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Kelsey, William A. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon

William A. Kelsey, 77, of Baker City died April 10, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

A family gathering will be scheduled later. Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Crematory.
Mr. Kelsey was born July 22, 1923, at Hollywood to Dr. Mark and Louisa Kelsey. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a survivor of the Pearl Harbor air raid. In 1953, he married Louise Borde in Bishop, Calif. They moved to Baker City in 1993.

Mr. Kelsey became very active at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Crossroads Arts Center, Kuhl’s Visually Impaired Persons and the Baker Rural Fire Protection District. Mrs. Kelsey died in May 2000.

Survivors include his children, Wendy Lorack of Florence, Ariz., William Andrews Kelsey Jr. of Sunnyvale, Calif., Clay Kelsey of Dunedin, Fla., and Kate Kelsey of Sonoma, Calif.; his sister, Connie Christie of Maidens, Va.; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Kuhl’s VIP or Baker RFPD. In lieu of a memorial service, the family requests that friends step outside and admire the view that Bill and Louise loved so much.

Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 20, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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