He was born on June 4, 1950, at Walnut to Joseph Darl and Dorothy Irene (Reece) Kelsey. He was raised in Walnut.
After completing high school, he attended a vocational school for a year. He worked as a contractor.
On June 24, 1988, he married Linda Ashenbrenner-Hoerle at Miami, Okla. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Jason Hoerle of Erie and Douglas J. Kelsey of Fort Scott; three daughters, Lisa Knoblich of LaHarp, Laura Berry of Altamont and Casey Laird of Fort Scott; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and two sisters, Barbara Skorjanc and Donna Cunningham, both of McCune.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Kelsey Jr. in 1948 and Donnie Kelsey in 1970; and a sister, Sharyl Kelsey in 1991.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Walnut United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home at Erie.
Memorials are suggested to the Mirza Shrine and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 182, Erie, 66733.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.