John Edward “Jack” Kelsey, age 85, of McHenry, died Saturday, July 27, 2013. Born July 25, 1928 in Chicago, he was a longtime McHenry resident.
Jack enlisted and served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard. On August 27, 1951, he began a 37-year career as a pilot with United Airlines, retiring on his birthday in 1988.
A member of the McHenry Rotary Club for over 25 years, he was active with the Rotary mission to stamp out polio. An avid fisherman, he also enjoyed collecting coins and stamps, as well as working with wood. He and his wife enjoyed splitting their vacation time between their Wisconsin retreat and Canada. Jack and his wife were former members of the Pistakee Yacht Club and McHenry Country Club.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan Althoff of McHenry, and Meg (Jim) Lane of Cary; and four grandchildren, Peter Althoff, Megan Althoff, Andy Lane, and Emmie Lane.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved wife, Dorothy “Doe” on August 10, 1991; and two brothers, Russ and Dave.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
There will be a Celebration of Life at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral home.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to the Rotary Club of McHenry – Polio Program, P.O. Box 28, McHenry, IL 60051. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an online condolence message for his family.