George Harlan Kelso, 87 of Caldwell, passed away at his home on Friday, October 26, 2018. George was the fourth of five children born to George Walker and Clara (Lockman) Kelso, on August 7, 1931 in Mountain Home, Idaho. George left home at the age of 15 and went to be a ranch hand in Grangeville, Idaho.
In 1951, he joined the US Air Force where he spent time in Japan and was also stationed in Great Falls, Montana. George was honorably discharged from active duty in 1955 and remained on inactive duty until 1959. After his discharge, he lived in Mountain Home. George married Barbara (Harshman) in September 1955. They had two boys, Duane Harlan and Charles George.
As a young boy, George helped his mother on their farm which included many chores as well as milking cows. His father died when he was 8 years old. Later, jobs included working horse teams on the railroad tracks and driving truck hauling cattle and sheep. He worked in construction operating heavy equipment. For a few years, George had his own construction business in Madres, Oregon. He sold his business and moved to Boise where he worked for Galey Construction and Western Construction. After retiring, George and Barbara moved to Sand Hollow, Idaho and developed his own small farm. When caring for their farm became too difficult for them, they moved into Caldwell.
George enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating and four wheeling with family and friends. He also enjoyed the livestock he had at times, which included horses, mules, sheep and steers. He was very partial to his best friend, Spike, his dog.
George is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara and their two sons and their families.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Mountain View Cemetery, 725 N 18th East St, Mountain Home, ID.
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