Gary M. Kelsch

1938 ~ 2023


Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah
Jan 22, 2023 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Celebration of Life Luncheon

Fashion Cabinets 5440 W Axel Park Road, West Jordan, Utah
Jan 22, 2023 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 E 4580 S, Millcreek, Utah
Jan 23, 2023 10:00 AM

Gary M. Kelsch peacefully transitioned from this earthly experience on January 15, 2023, surrounded by family at the fulfilled age of 84 years.

Gary was born on October 5, 1938, to Louis Alma and Elsie Louisa Kelsch. He was a follower of the light of Christ and strived to walk upright before the Lord at all times. Gary was known for his charity, love and kindness toward all. His hugs were genuine and full of love and compassion, which he handed out freely. He considered everyone as family and treated them as such. Anyone that had the pleasure of
meeting Gary, left with an impression of love and gratitude.

Gary was all about life experiences. He was truly thankful for every experience he went thru in life, every tear he shed, every smile he showed and every uplifting moment he experienced, was a true gift and blessing to him. His positive outlook on life showed thru with every greeting. Even up to the very end, if you asked him how he was doing, he would say “I’m doing great!” and then give you the “thumbs up”. Gary was an endless fountain of wisdom and understanding. He would share his wisdom on spiritual, family, business or life matters, with anyone that would genuinely ask. He was a man of impeccable integrity.

Gary truly took pride in his family, “Dad’s Tribe”, and loved seeing his posterity at every gathering. He loved playing his harmonica, while watching his children and grandchildren dance around the room. At nearly every summer family gathering or camp out, he would be outside making popcorn and snow cones while the kids lined up for their treats. Gary always stayed busy; he perfected the art of puttering. You would often find him outdoors working on various projects on his property or helping family and friends with their projects. It thrilled him to see those around improving their surroundings. He always seemed to be the happiest when he was on his tractor helping others and showing the young men how it was done.

Gary is preceded in death by his wife, Renee Kelsch, 7 children, Vio, Steve, Jeremy, Natalie, Maria, Matthew, Aaron and 8 grandchildren. He is survived by his wives, Alice Faye Kelsch and Linda Beth Kelsch, 28 children, 165 grandchildren, 205 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Dad’s Tribe
Louis (Darlene & Ann)
Judd (Dezi)
Amie (Alma)
Patti (Ben)
Brooke (Bob)
Jody (Cari)
Gary (Lillian)
Vanessa (Max)
Alice (Danny)
Betsy (Alan)
Garrett (Janeth)
Renee (Edward)
Timothy (Erica)
Jessica (Gordon)
Veronica (Stan)
Carrie (Ryan)
Craig (Rashelle)
Jean (Dave)
Stacey (Joe)
Amber (Asa)
Sandra (Porter)
Leslie (Crystal)
Noah (Holly)
Lindy (Sam)
Brent (Shaye)

Viewing: Larkins Mortuary 1950 E 10600 S Sandy, Utah, on Sunday, January 22, 2023, from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm with family prayer from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

Gary’s Celebration Luncheon: Fashion Cabinets 5440 W Axel Park Rd West Jordan, Utah from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Interment: Elysian Burial Gardens at 10:00 am on Monday morning, January 23, 2023


First of all condolences to his family I know he will be missed. Gary was a good friend to me over the years. He always love to talk the gospel with me and my brother we had lots of hopes and aspirations together, looking for the kingdom of God to be established. My prayer is for his family and Gary to be able to take part in the great work. That’s ahead of us.

- Nephi O Barlow

One of the greatest men I have ever had the privilege of knowing.

- Parker Kelsch

Sending all our love & deepest condolences to Aunt Faye & Aunt Linda & all of the Kelsch family.
Uncle Gary is one of the most remarkable men I’ve had the pleasure to know & also call uncle. He will be so missed by all that knew him.
Wes & Laurie Galan

- Laurie Galan