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Flag honors Lake Nebagamon veteran

Stephen "Steve" Kelsey served in the United States Army as a military police officer at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and then in Germany from 1953 to 1956.

A Flag of Remembrance is raised today for the Lake Nebagamon man.

The American flag is raised at 9 a.m. in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center for Stephen Kelsey. The event is free and open to the public.

Kelsey was born July 26, 1935. In 1957, Kelsey married Donna Featherly. Steve and Donna had two children, Mark and Holly. The family lived in Minong, where Kelsey worked as a sales representative for Link Brothers Inc. He later worked in sales and marketing for Link Recreational. In 1967, the family moved to Sheffield, Iowa, where Kelsey worked as welder for Martinson Manufacturing. It was during this time that he received his pilot's license. Kelsey later became co-owner of Premier Materials Technology Inc. from which he retired in 2000.

Kelsey was an active participant in local government, serving as Minong village president and town of Highland chairman. During his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, wine making, gardening, coin collecting and vacationing in his motor home with his grandsons. Kelsey especially enjoyed driving his John Deere tractor.

Kelsey passed away on Jan. 12, 2011. His entire family, especially his grandsons, Stone and Tanner, are very proud of his service to his country.

The "Flag of Remembrance Program," sponsored by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, honors the life and memory of one deceased veteran every week by flying a flag over the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 Harborview Parkway, Superior. The flag waves in the veteran's honor for one week and information about the veteran is display in the center.

For information, contact John Vaski at 715-394-7693 or Scott Markle, 218-269-4675, or leave a message at 715-392-7151, or