Rodney C. Kelsey

Rodney C. Kelsey, loving husband and father, age 74 of DuBois, PA died Monday, September 13, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born on September 28, 1946 in Grove City, PA, he was the son of the late John C. and Barbara McFadden Kelsey Deemer. After his father’s death, he was raised by Thomas Deemer who also preceded him in death.

On July 7, 1967 he married his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth “Betsy” DeSalve Kelsey. She survives.

Rod was a veteran of the United States Army Reserves serving with the 629th Transportation Unit.

He retired from Glenn O. Hawbaker in 2010. Previous to that, he worked as a professional over the road truck driver for Preston Trucking for 19 years. During his driving career, Rod received 5 Triple Crown Awards as well as an award for driving over one million miles accident free and for his outstanding performance.

Rod could build and fix anything and he loved to help others, but his greatest joy was his grandchildren.

He is survived by one son John C. Kelsey & his wife Molly of DuBois, PA, two grandchildren (Sarah and Reed Kelsey), 1 brother (Tom Deemer and his wife Paula of Brockway, PA) 1 sister (Linda Thompson of Brockway, PA) and 1 sister-in-law Eileen Kelsey of Brockport, PA).

Rod was preceded in death by 1 brother (James Kelsey) and 1 brother-in-law (Tom Thompson).

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 6 – 8 PM from the Baronick Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11 AM from the funeral home with Pastor Terry Felt officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Michaels Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice in the DuBois area.

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