Charles Kelso

Charles M. Kelso

Friday, July 20th, 1934 - Monday, January 18th, 2021
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Charles M. Kelso, 86, of Newburg, passed away the afternoon of Monday, January 18, 2021 at his home with his loving family by his side.

He was born on Friday, July 20, 1934 in Newburg, a son of the late Leland M. and Beatrice A. (Byers) Kelso.

Charles was the owner and operator of Charles M. Kelso Building Contractor, working until he was the age of 82. He was a faithful man that loved hunting, bowling, racing, carpentry, and playing the piano and singing. He was a loving father and grandfather that enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed stopping by McCune Lumber to talk to his buddies. There were three things that Charles especially took great pride in; being married to the love of his life, Jean for 66 years, having his grandson Weston work for him for over 20 years and mentoring him along the way, and building The Orchards Restaurant in Chambersburg.

He was a member of the Hopewell United Methodist Church of McKinney, attending for all 86 years of his life. He was also a life member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Newburg Hopewell Fire Company, and the Orrstown Lodge #262 Free & Accepted Masons. Charles was also a United States Army Veteran that served in Korea.

Charles is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth “Jean” (Kitzmiller) Kelso; two daughters, Colleen (Greg) Alleman of Newburg, and Cheryl (Tony) Kelley of Annville; three grandchildren, Weston (Autumn) Alleman, Tyler (Ashley) Kelley, and Carla (Shawn) Fogel; and four great grandchildren, Preston Alleman, Payton Alleman, Jamison Kelley, and Reagan Kelley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Gerald Kelso and one sister-in-law, Eleanor Jane Kelso.

There will be a public viewing on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc, with Masonic Rites bestowed at 6:00 p.m. For the safety of all in attendance, please wear a mask and maintain a respectful distance when interacting with others. Funeral services with Rev. John A. Ile, Jr. officiating will be private. Private burial with military honors conducted by the Minutemen of the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post #223 will be in the Hopewell United Methodist of McKinney Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell United Methodist Church of McKinney, 10 Enola Road PO Box 409, Newburg, PA 17240.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 21st, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, January 21st, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc.
    112 West King St.
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    Everyone in attendance is asked to wear a mask and maintain a respectful distance when interacting with others.
  • Interment

    Hopewell United Methodist Cemetery of McKinney
    10 Enola Road
    NEWBURG, PA 17240
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Services will be private.

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Brother Erik

Posted at 08:37am
Dear Kelso family,

So very sorry for your loss. All humans feel this unnatural sting of death and its only natural to comfort each other. The scriptures impart hope at James 5:28,29 that we can see our loved ones again and without the circumstances we currently live in.
The scriptures have been provided to give comfort and show us what Gods loving plan is for those who enter rest. Take peace. For comfort from the Bible, please visit

Kim Spencer

Posted at 08:44pm
Colleen, I am so very sorry for your loss. Charles was a sweet man. I will always remember how appreciative he & Jean were when I
wrote about their love story & anniversary for the paper, when it was I who was honored and so touched by their love for one another! From our family to yours, our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Judy Fogelsanger

Posted at 11:08am
So sorry for your loss. I remember Charles as being a hard worker. Not sure if the family would remember me, but my father and mother were David and Pauline Mowery. (Mary was my Aunt) To Cheryl, my husband noticed you live in Annville, so we are only a couple miles apart. My deepest sympathy for your loss and pray God will comfort you during this time. Judy Fogelsanger

Wayne Nye

Posted at 09:59am
Built my home at 415 Enola rd.,excellent builder,lovely Man.

Jessica (Jengeleski) Philipp Posted at 02:47pm

Rest In Peace, Charlie. I have fond memories of him building our house in the late 1980s. I will always remember him teaching us pesky kids how to pound a nail. “Hit it like you mean it!”

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