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George Harlan Kelso

August 7, 1931 ~ October 26, 2018 (age 87)
George Harlan Kelso passed away at his home on Friday October 26, 2018. George was the 4th of 5 children of George Walker and Clara (Lockman) Kelso, born August 7, 1931 in Mountain Home, Idaho. George left home at 15 years and went to be a ranch hand in Grangeville, Idaho. In 1951, he joined the Air Force where he spent time in Japan and was also stationed in Great Falls, MT. He was discharged in 1955 from active duty and remained on inactive duty until 1959. After his discharge, he lived in Mountain Home, ID. 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, OR. He sold his business and moved to Boise, ID where he worked for Galey Construction and Western Construction. After retiring, he moved to Sand Hollow, ID and developed his own small farm. When caring for their farm became too difficult for them, they moved into Caldwell, ID.
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, Barbara, of 63 years and their two sons and their families. He will be laid to rest in the cemetery in Mountain Home, ID. A memorial service is pending until a later date.
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