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Thursday December 31st, 2020

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Thursday December 31st, 2020
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Thursday December 31st, 2020

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Charles V. Kelsey, Jr.

Charles Virgil Kelsey, Jr., ‘Charlie’, 90, of Kerhonkson, NY, passed away peacefully at home on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2020.  He was born on March 27, 1930, in Esopus, and raised in Samsonville.  He was the son of the late Charles and Ester (Shurter) Kelsey.  He married Susie Churchwell of Kerhonkson.

Charlie worked in construction running heavy equipment and was a very talented operator.  During his career he worked in the construction of the Rondout Reservoir, roads, bridges and new homes. In addition to construction he was the Town of Rochester dog warden for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing and being active outside and later in life was passionate about his Native American background. He enjoyed the Native American traditions and attended many powwows and ceremonies. To his Metis Tribe Charlie was known by his given name 'Greywolf'.  A name he was very proud of.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was predeceased by his wife Susie in 2001, a son, Thomas Kelsey, a brother, Gerald Kelsey, a sister, Irene Tompkins, and a son-in-law, John Gaal.  Charlie is survived by a sister, Thelma Miller of Florida; his children; June Kelsey of St. Remy, Darlene Kelsey Gaal of Port Ewen, Charlene Kelsey of Kingston and Griffin Kelsey (Deborah), of Kerhonkson; his grandchildren; Stacy Alexander, Allan Alexander, Charles Kelsey, Griffin Kelsey Jr, Deanna Gaal and Joshua Alexander; and several great grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, December 31st from 9:00am-10:30am at H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, Kerhonkson. Funeral services will begin at 10:30am followed by burial at Krumville Cemetery. 

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Charlie, I just learned of your death by accident while browsing through obituaries. I'm full of grief and sorrow upon reading of your death. I hope you know I was injured and unable to visit you on Christmas day.You'll always be a big part of me and deep in my heart. Fly on the wings of a dove dear Charlie and Rest in Peace.

Deepest condolences to Griffen and Deb and to the whole family.

Maggie Mar 6 2021 12:00 AM

It was wonderful seeing Charles at the pow wows. He always seemed so happy and full of life.
He will surely be missed by so many.
I send my Sincere deepest Heartfelt condolences thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Johanna Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

Deepest Condolences to family and friends from the Muhheakannuck Nations at Nu Schodack.

Etaoqua Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

Remember Charlie so well. My prayers to you all and he will be in good hands.

Lynette Dec 30 2020 12:00 AM

Im so sorry to hear of you loss, especially Charlene and Josh. May you cherish good memories.

Linda Bresnahan-McCarthy Dec 30 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss Charlene, JD and family. RIP Charlie!

Carol Warren Dec 30 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Kelsey, Jr.

Steve & Teresa Coddington. Napanoch Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

Deepest condolences to his family.

Dawn gibson Dec 27 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Kelsey, Jr.

Nan Walley Dec 27 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Kelsey, Jr.

Steve & Teresa Coddington Napanoch Dec 27 2020 12:00 AM

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