Dick Kelso passed away from ALS on June 30, 2017, at Governor’s Center surrounded by his loving family. He was 80.
Kelso was employed as a supervisor at UPS for 30 years. He retired at 50 and continued working until the age of 78 as a self-employed farrier specializing in corrective shoeing and operating his horse farm.
He proudly owned Haflinger horses and traveled all around the Eastern United States and Austria promoting the breed. Known for their mild mannered behavior and well-rounded abilities — the breed was a perfect match for Kelso’s personality. Whether he was driving them from the seat of his surrey or working them at the farm — they embodied the same endurance, drive and passion for the work as he did. Along the way and throughout his journeys he made many lifelong “horse” friends and memories all around the U.S. and Europe.
A funeral service for will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, in the Wyben Union Church, 678 Montgomery Rd., Westfield, MA 01085, followed by burial in Middle Farms Cemetery, Russellville Rd. Westfield, MA. Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday July 7 in the Firtion Adams Funeral Services, 76 Broad St., Westfield, MA 01085.
Donations in Kelso’s name may be directed to the Wyben Union Church, 678 Montgomery Rd., Westfield, MA 01085 or to The ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022.