His funeral will be 10:00 am Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, December 21, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Saturday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury or Apostolic Christian LifePoints, Morton.
Bud was born March 14, 1937 in Weston, IL the son of Bernard O. and Margaret Wade Kelson. He married Sharon Leona Moser on December 11, 1955 in Fairbury. She survives in Fairbury.
Other survivors include their children, Paul (Sherri) Kelson, Normal, Mike (Jacque) Kelson, East Peoria, Carol (Ben) Kafer, Fairbury, Robert (Christy) Kelson, Danvers, Betty (Jeff) Metroz, Fairbury, one brother, David Kelson, Somerset, KY, two sisters, Joan Merrill, Naperville and Jeannette Bahler, Fairbury, 17 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter.
Bud worked at Hicks Gas Station (11 years), Nussbaum Trucking (31 years), Prairie Central School Bus driver (10years) and drove cars for Lighthouse Motors (10 years). He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury.
Bud was an avid fisherman who loved his children, grandchildren, church family and numerous friends.