In Memory

J. T. Kelso (Kelso)

John Thomas "J.T." Kelso, 75, of Newton, passed away at his home Friday (Sept. 8, 2017). J.T. was born March 1, 1942, in Newton, the son of Thomas and Camilla (Reid) Kelso.

J.T. graduated from Newton High School in 1960. He would say he was blessed to have a career that he loved. His calling as a conductor spanned 46 years on multiple railroads.

J.T. was a loving father, grandfather and devout Christian.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra of Newton; sons: Michael, Thomas, John Ed (Deanna) and Scot (Deb); daughters: Margaret Peterson (James), Lynn Marshall (Curt) and Kelly Davert (Mike); brother, Jim (Sheryl); and eight grandchildren.

J.T. was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Camilla; brother, Jack; and granddaughter, Mattison Hadley.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 11, 2017) at St. Mary Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 12, 2017) at St. Mary Catholic Church, with The Reverend Nicholas Voelker Celebrant, followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery.

Family suggests memorials to St Mary Catholic School of Newton or Harry Hynes Hospice, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.
Published in The Kansan on Sept. 11, 2017

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09/16/17 08:28 AM #1    

James (Jim) Jantz

Rest in peace J. T. and may God grant your family grace and comfort.-----Jim Jantz, classmate

09/16/17 10:47 AM #2    

Norma Shuler (Carlson)

One of the nicest fellas I remember in high school.  So sorry to hear of his passing.  My thoughts and prayers are w/you.  Norma Carlson (Classmate)

09/18/17 02:41 PM #3    

Paulette Frey (Devino)

One of the best-loved in the class.  I'll always cherish memories of his escapades with Miss Froom and Mr. Self.  He possessed an honesty few of us could express at high-school age.  God bless you for being yourself at all times, J.T.

09/19/17 02:06 AM #4    

Larry H Clark

Rest in peace my friend, I finally got to see and visit with you this last reunion. We had lots of laughs and talked about school memories.  I hunted with J T all thru the school years. We got into several situations during school and seemed like J T always took the blame, never throwing it at the real culprits. My sincere condolences to his family. I am sure he will be missed. 

Class mate and friend, Larry H Clark


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