Wilson Kelso


Wilson Kelso, 69, passed away Jan. 10, 2019, at his residence in Albuquerque, NM. He was born Oct. 15, 1949, to Samuel and Mary Elizabeth (Core) Kelso, and grew up on the family farm in Wright Township of Wayne County, Iowa, the youngest of five. He spent all his childhood school days in the Corydon School System and graduated with his class of 1967.

His talent and love of music led him on a widely traveled adventure in the world of country music. He performed with several groups, the most notable being his own "Wild Turkey Band," and wrote several songs himself during his musical career. His outgoing personality and positive attitude led to the creation of many friendships and opportunities he enjoyed and pursued throughout his lifetime.

Wil was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Jessica Kelso Pickering; and great-granddaughter Mariah Pickering.

Survivors include sons: Timothy (Tracey) Kelso of Carroll; Karl (Jean) Kelso of Carroll; and Joseph Wilson Kelso of Ottumwa; grandchildren: Amanda, Courtney, Kendra, Kelbi, Jacob, Jordan, Landon and Cecily; and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings: Herbert (Evelyn) Kelso of Camden, SC; Gerald (Nancy) Kelso of Fayetteville, Ark.; Patricia Jenkins and Garry Empey of Clive; and Rebecca (William) Carhoff of Tipton, Mo.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and one dear aunt Phyllis Core of rural Carlisle.

He will be remembered by all who knew him as one who had songs yet to sing, fish yet to catch, cribbage yet to play, jokes yet to tell and friends yet to meet.

A memorial service is being planned for Aug. 11, 2019 in Pleasantville.

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