Tuesday, April 12, 2011

James "Ralph"Kelson 1924 ~ 2005 ST. GEORGE, UTAH - Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Ralph Kelson, passed away in St. George, Utah, on Mon., Nov. 7, 2005. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 20, 1924, to James Conrad and Mary Cleona Thorpe Kelson. He married Elizabeth Beagley July 5, 1946, in the Manti Temple. Elizabeth died April 28, 1985. He then married Marjorie Tate McDonald in the Salt Lake Temple on December 20, 1985. Ralph served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and worked as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA for 32 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and golf. James was an active member with the Barber Shop Chorus in St. George, and liked working in the Temple. Ralph is survived by his wife, Marjorie T. Kelson; his sister, Louise Luckart; daughters Kathryn (Fred) Katwyk, Karolyn and Connie Kelson; grandchildren, Rodney James Katwyk, and Whitney Elizabeth Kelson. He is also survived by his step-children, Brent (Linda) McDonald, Norman (Sydette) McDonald, Carrie (Tom) Brooks, Stuart McDonald, Arla (Roland) Eysser, Monte (Lisa) McDonald, Gae Sellers; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and close family and friends. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 14, 2005, at 1 p.m. at the Nephi Ward Chapel, 222 S. 1st E., Nephi, UT, with the first visitation Sunday, November 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, and the second visitation Monday from 12 to 1 p.m., prior to services, at the Chapel. Interment will take place at the Vine Bluff Cemetery, Nephi, UT. Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to offer their condolences at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

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