Gordon G. Kelsey, 85, of Rochester passed away on October 17, 2022 at his home in Rochester. He was born February 26, 1937 at Batavia Hospital, Batavia, NY to the late Earl and Fannie (Williams) Kelsey. Gordon is preceded in death by his sister Hazel (Kelsey) Miller, brothers Daniel Kelsey, Robert Kelsey and Deforest “Bill” William Kelsey.
Gordon’s generosity was exemplified by his continued service throughout his life. He served in the U.S. Army from September 1957 to September 1959 at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he met his wife, Gayleen and the two married on February 15, 1960. He was a former president of the Alexander Volunteer Fire Department in Alexander, NY, the first Honorary Lifetime member of the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, in Ballston Spa, NY, member and Chaplain of the American Legion in Camp Verde, AZ, prepared meals for nursing home residents in Cottonwood, AZ and volunteered and ran the food pantry for St. Vincent de Paul in Camp Verde, AZ for close to 15 years.
Gordon had a love for his family, children and grandchildren. He was a youth coach for all of his 6 children. Although he and Gayleen retired to Arizona over 20 years ago, they spent many of those years “on the road” visiting their children and 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, throughout the U.S. While doing so, Gordon and Gayleen had a goal of visiting as many states in the U.S. as possible, hitting 47 of the 50.
He is survived by his sons Darrell (Kathy), Don (Tammy), Charles (Belinda), Kyle (Deborah), and Neil (Robin) Kelsey, daughter Ann (Gregory) O’Brien, his grandchildren, Joseph, Kathryn (Scar), Kaitlyn, Kody, Joshua (Jessica), Jacob, Ryan, Kortney, Marybeth, Matthew, Kendal, and Ethan Kelsey, Evan and, Kelsey O’Brien, his great grandchildren, Anthony and Ashton Kelsey, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 21, 2022 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, 50 East Ave., Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00am Mass will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish. He will be laid to rest in Western New York National Cemetery, Corfu on Monday, October 24 at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul Camp Verde Conference, 781 E. Cliffs Pkwy., Camp Verde, AZ 86322. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.
The Family would like to thank the Rochester Regional Hospice nurses Gail and Sheri. Along with his caregivers Karyn, “T”, and Tanya.