Celebration of Life Service for Clifford L. Kelso 71 of Trenton, Missouri formerly of Fort Dodge will be Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 1:30 pm at the Historic Bruce Funeral Home of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Visitation will be Tuesday, 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home and continue one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Burial with Military Honors provided by the Fort Dodge V.F.W. and the Iowa National Guard will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Clifford LeRoy Kelso was born January 17, 1944 in Emmetsburg, Iowa to Harold and Clara (Akre) Kelso. He attended Emmetsburg Public Schools through the ninth grade and then attended Calander Public Schools and graduated from Gowrie High School in 1963. Clifford served in the Iowa National Guard from 1963 – 1969. He was united in marriage to Carolyne Christy on February 8, 1973 in Fort Dodge. The couple settled in Fort Dodge. They moved to Elk River, MN where they spent 23 years before moving to Trenton, MO where they have been for the past 17 years. Clifford held various jobs throughout his working career. He worked for the Fort Dodge Creamery, drove wrecker truck while working for a service station. He did farm work, built maintenance equipment for the railroad, and worked in the U.S.G. Mills and steel mills, finally retiring from P.S.F as a truck washer in 2009. Clifford was active in Tindal Christian Church in Trenton, MO. He served on the Board of Directors at Leisure Lake. He enjoyed bowling, boating and fishing. Clifford was always helpful to everyone who needed a hand.
Clifford died Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri. He is survived by his wife Carolyne of Trenton, MO, his children; Christy Bidon of Eagan, MN, Robert Kelso of St. Cloud, MN, Penny Jackson, of Brandon, VT and Mikeal Kelso of Brooklyn Park, MN, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is also survived by his mother, Clara Kelso of Fort Dodge, siblings; Betty Black and Leonard Kelso both of Fort Dodge. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold, brother Ronald, and an infant sister.
Historic Bruce Funeral Home of Fort Dodge, Iowa was entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to www.brucesfuneralhome.com