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John Wm. “Bill” Kelso

John Wm. “Bill” Kelso, 93, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Yuma, Ariz.

Bill was born April 12, 1919 in Dillon, Mont. and was the oldest son of Charles and Pearl Kelso. He moved to Lakeview at the age of seven with his family and spent most of his life there.

Bill graduated from Lakeview High School. In 1940 he married Leone Baldwin. He and Leone moved to Los Angeles, Calif. where he worked in the airplane industry until his induction into the Army in 1944. After his discharge from the Army he returned to Lakeview operating a sand, gravel and concrete business for several years.

Bill brought the first mobile cement mixer to Lakeview. Bill is remembered as the owner and electrical contractor of Arrow Electric which he operated with Leone until he semi-retired to Halfway. Bill worked his electrical business in Halfway until he retired to Yuma, Ariz. and resided there until his passing.

Bill was a member of the B.P.O.E., Eagles and Halfway Lions Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, loved to read westerns and traveling in his motor home.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Leone; sister Mae Kelso of Lakeview; granddaughter Stacy Ayers of Bend.

He is survived by daughters Carol Ayers of Casa Grande, Ariz. and Judy Conway of Vancouver, Wash.; sister Elaine Messner of Lakeview; grandchildren, Mark Conway, Debbie Conway and Rob Ayers; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his companion of 15 years, Barbara Mignery of Yuma.

As per his wishes, no services were held.

Donations in his memory can be made to the charity of one’s choice, the Lake County Disaster Unit or Halfway Ambulance service.


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