Thomas Keith Kelsey

Jan. 21, 1963-May 31, 2020


Thomas “Tom” or “Tommy” Keith Kelsey, 57, of Waveland passed away Sunday, May 31, 2020. He was involved in an accident near Lake Holiday.

A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at Tommy Kelsey’s residence (Lake Holiday). Tom wished to be cremated. Those arrangements have been made with Hunt & Son Funeral Home. A private ceremony to be held at a later date.

Tom was born Jan. 21, 1963, at Lebanon. He graduated from Southmont High School, class of 1981. Tom was married to Cynthia (Reddish) Kelsey for 13 years, and they had three wonderful boys together.

Tom was employed at HC/Alcoa for 15 years, and had learned many trades throughout his life. At the time of his passing he was employed at Nucor Steel, where he devoted the last 17 years of his life.

Tom was a simple man, who loved his family fiercely, including the countless lifelong friendships he cherished so deeply. He adored his three boys, and was so very proud the outstanding men they are today.

He loved God, ATV’s and every single moment he spent outdoors. He loved a cold a Busch light, open fire, music and mushroom hunting with his two buddies, Keith and little Thomas. Tom loved antiques, and the stories behind them.

He lived for this simple life and was loved by anyone who knew him … if you didn’t, he didn’t care. He was as quick to forgive as he was to make you laugh. He understood life far beyond his years. He gave life lessons, even when he didn’t realize it. As many would say, he was full of the most useful useless information. Anyone who talked to Tom walked away knowing something they didn’t before.

He loved his property and his beautiful companion dog.

Tom is survived by siblings, Dave (Suzie) Kelsey, Marvin (Nettie) Kelsey, Martin (Becky) Kelsey, Dianna Kelsey and Patty (Billy) Meithe; his children, Thomas (Erin Sewell) Kelsey, Keith (Kristie) Kelsey and Steven Kelsey; and his two grandchildren, Little Thomas and Emma June, whom he loved more than life itself. He had many nieces, nephews, cousins, friendships, and even a bonus son Josh Dittmer.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother and father, Clyde (Thomas) and Eulala Kelsey; as well as two nephews, Josh Kelsey and Justin Kelsey.

Anyone who wishes to send flowers may send them to Hunt & Son Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be given directly to Tommy Kelsey.

Tom would have wanted us to mention that this was not a COVID-19 death.

Please tell the ones you love just how much you care, each and every day.


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