Ainsworth Star Journal

Joseph W. Kelsey, age 70 of Huron, passed away on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the SunQuest Healthcare Center in Huron. A private family service will be held at a later date, with burial at the Fairview Cemetery in Lane. Welter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Joseph W. Kelsey, the son of Warren and Ida (Cunningham) Kelsey, was born on November 22, 1943 in Alpena. Joe grew up in the Lane area and attended school there. Joe farmed in the Alpena and Wessington area for 25 years. He also worked construction for Schweigert Construction Company in Gregory for 25 years before retiring in 2007. Joe moved to Huron in 2009. Joe married Virginia Anderson in March of 1963. To this marriage were born three children: Rita, Joel and Bill. Joe was always interested in the weather and would keep a daily log. He also enjoyed talking with friends and relatives on the phone. He is survived by his three children: Rita (Donnie) Cleveland of Huron and Joel (Jennifer Boomsma) Kelsey and Bill Kelsey, both of Wessington; eight grandchildren: Erick Moser, Meagon Moser, Jacob Kelsey, Jerritt Kelsey, Lane Kelsey, Josh Cleveland, Brooke Kuehl, and Ashley Cleveland; two great-grandchildren; two brothers: Jim Kelsey of Wessington and Jeff (Karen) Kelsey of Alpena; three sisters: Joyce Kirsch of Hillsboro, OR, June (Pudge) Shefner of Plankinton, and Janet (Bill) Pruitt of Sutherlin, OR; and several nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and special friend, Betty Allerdings. Condolences may be left at

Mass of Christian burial for Jesse Root was held on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Burial was in the Winner City Cemetery. Mason Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Jesse Root, age 33, of Aurora, CO, formerly of Winner, passed away in Aurora, CO on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Jesse was born on January 9, 1981 in Gregory to Roger and Linda (LaCompte) Root. He graduated from Winner High School in 1999 and later attended South Dakota State University. While attending SDSU, he majored in consumer affairs and also ran track for the SDSU track and field team from 2000 to 2001, where he was a team captain. Jesse was a member of the South Dakota Air National Guard from 2001 until 2005 and was commissioned a second Lieutenant. He then attended USAF pilot training at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, OK. After completing college, Jesse worked in the oil and gas industry in NY, IN, CO, NE, AL, WV, TN, KY, GA, OH, PA, IL and OK. Jesse is survived by his parents, Roger and Linda Root of Winner; brother Jamie (Laura) Root; sister Kelli (Zach) McCready; grandmother Louise Root; nieces Addy, Rylee and Gracie, and girlfriend Nora Dillon. He was preceded in death by his grandparents George and Betty LaCompte, Frank Root and Anna Renot.

Memorial services with Masonic Honors and Military Honors for Franklin Dean Graff, age 93 of Ainsworth will be held on Friday, October 24th at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Ainsworth. A private family inurnment will be held in the East Woodlawn Cemetery at Johnstown. Dean Graff passed away on Friday, October 17th at the Good Samaritan Health Systems in Kearney, NE. Survivors include: wife, Jackie of Ainsworth, NE; children: Connie (Brad) Dillon of Ainsworth, NE, Kathy (Bill) Burchell of Ainsworth, NE, Merrilee Spanel of Omaha, NE and Marty (Brenda) Graff of Ainsworth, NE; 19 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson; sister, Glee Swanson of Valentine, NE; sister-in-law, Jeanne Graff of Coulee Dam, WA; nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitations. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the Johnstown United Methodist Church, the Ainsworth Senior Center, the Brown County Ag Society, the East Woodlawn Cemetery or to the Brown County Hospital. Online condolences may be directed to the family at

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