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Leo Thomas Kelsh

February 25, 1933 - September 16, 2016

Prayer Service

September 19, 2016
5:00 pm - with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service

Boulger Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

September 20, 2016
1:00 pm Tuesday - with a 2:30 pm Funeral Mass

Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo

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Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel

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Leo Thomas Kelsh

February 25, 1933 - September 16, 2016

Obituary

Leo Thomas Kelsh, 83, of Fargo, ND, formerly Fullerton, ND, passed away after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease Sept. 16, 2016, at Villa Marie Nursing Home, Fargo.

Leo was born Feb. 25, 1933, in LaMoure, ND. He was the middle child, son of George and Freda Kelsh. He was raised on a farm in Fullerton with his four brothers. He graduated from Fullerton Public School in 1954. He was a member of the Oakes National Guard, 141st Engineer Battalion until 1956. He married Virginia (Bosch) Kelsh May 30, 1959, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Berlin, N.D.

Leo and his wife farmed in Fullerton where they raised four children. They retired to Fargo in 1994.

Leo loved to farm, even in his last six years at Villa Maria he talked regularly about raising pigs, taking care of the cows and tending to the fields.

Leo is survived by his wife, Virginia; their four children Todd (Giselle) Kelsh, Clearwater, FL, Lisa (Michelle Timmers) Kelsh, St. Paul, MN; Kelly (Jamie) Kelsh, Abilene, TX, Teri (Larry Kemp) Kelsh, Minneapolis, MN; three grandchildren Chris, Dickinson, ND, Noah and Samantha, Abilene; two brothers, John (Stephanie) Kelsh, Winter Springs, FL, Jerry (Mona) Kelsh, Fullerton. Leo was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers George Kelsh and Tim Kelsh.

A prayer service for Leo will be held 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. His funeral will be held 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Nativity Church of Fargo. He will be buried in Fullerton, ND.

 

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12 responses to “Leo Thomas Kelsh”

  1. Keney Foster says:

    Ginny, our sympathy and prayers are with you. You are a wonderful and strong person and I am pleased to have gotten to know you both.

  2. Joan Studebaker says:

    Virginia and Family, Sending sympathy and thinking of you during this sad time. It’s never easy to lose a loved one. Sending love and hugs from Arizona. Joan

  3. Deb Overkamp says:

    Teri, my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your dad. While I’d never met him, between the stories you’ve shared with me and the picture of him here, he must have been an angel of a man in life as he is now. My thoughts are with you.

  4. Sam and Myra Hettich says:

    Lisa,
    You and your family in our thoughts and prays at this difficult time.
    Sam and Myra

  5. Ginny Kleven says:

    Dear Virginia and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Leo cared deeply for his family and wanted the best for them. He was always there to support them in their endeavors in school and wanted the best for his kids hugs to all of you.

  6. Dorothy Clark says:

    Lisa,
    Vince and I are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. It’s a tremendous loss for you and all your family. Love and strength.
    Dorothy and Vince

  7. Virginia Kelsh says:

    Dear Ginny and family,
    We are very sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. As kids visiting ND, we enjoyed getting to know our cousins and the family farm. I hope great memories of family life with Leo will comfort you in the days and years to come. Our sympathy and prayers are with you at this time. The Oregon Kelshes

  8. Virginia Kelsh says:

    Dear Ginny and family,
    We are very sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. As kids visiting ND, we enjoyed getting to know our cousins and the rest of the ND relatives. I hope great memories of Leo will comfort you in the days and years to come. Our prayers and sympathy are with you. The Oregon Kelshes

  9. Sandra Van Ornum Reuther says:

    Our Sympathy to you and your family Virginia. Our paths have not crossed for many years, but still have fond memories of our years in Berlin. Please greet your family from me.

  10. Billee Webster says:

    So sorry for your loss Ginny. To all the family, you have my sympathy at this time. Will not be able to attend the funeral but will visit the grave site in time and say my prayers.

    Billee Webster
    Fullerton, ND

  11. Heidi Bornhuse-Hanson says:

    Teri — my heart goes out to you and your family. You are all in my prayers.

  12. Cecilia Wilke says:

    Ginny – So sorry for your loss! It’s been so nice to see you & Leo in the halls of Villa Maria…to see familiar faces can be so comforting. Our hearts and prayers are with you on this sad occasion. Take comfort in knowing he is at peace.

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