Courtland 'Court' Kelsey III
July 12, 2023
The Memorial Service for Court Kelsey, of Glasgow, Mont., will be held via Zoom Videoconference on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m.
Courtland Kelsey III was born May 9, 1941, the son of Courtland Kelsey II and Helen Dow (Lundquist) in E. Orange, N.J. Court’s happiest boyhood memories included playing along the ocean beaches of Montauk, Long Island, N.Y., as well as learning the game of golf. Court was a graduate of Lawrenceville Prep School, N.J., Class of 1959. Rather than following the family tradition of a Yale University education, Court embarked on a four-year journey around the world, working in construction in various countries including New Zealand, Australia, Germany, the Hawaiian Islands, Canada, and Alaska. At age 20 during his time in Australia, he began a diligent study of the Bible- leading to a lifetime love of God’s Word and Bible Truths. Baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany in 1962. He enjoyed sharing Bible truths with others for the rest of his life.
Later, Court’s skills in the game of golf led him to become a PGA Pro golfer- playing on PGA Mini Tours throughout California and Florida. His love of golf combined with his unique artistic talents led him to create Art Trophies for major PGA Events. The many recipients of Court’s work included Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. In later years, Court held two State Championship titles for Montana State Senior Golf.
While visiting family in Scottsdale, Ariz., in the spring of 1992- after a whirlwind romance, he married his life love, Holly Kehm. Court and Holly made their home in Dickinson, N.D. among beloved friends- then on to Sidney, Mont., and in 2004, Glasgow. Court was the owner/operator of Associated Fencing Co. and Fountain Head Group Inc.- serving western North Dakota and eastern Montana with commercial and residential fencing for over 30 years.
Court passed away peacefully at 10:40 p.m. MST on Friday, June 23, 2023, after a long illness. He will always be remembered for his charming personality, positivity, sense of humor, kindness, and generosity. He was anchored in his faith in Jehovah God and the Bible’s promises of a wonderful future for this earth- soon to be realized. (Ps. 37:10, 11) (Rev. 21:3-5).
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Holly; beloved brother Howard (Linda); half-sisters Lisa (Bob) and Laurie (Dan); mother-in-law Joanne; in-laws Candace, Brian, and JoAnne; step-children Dawn, Matthew, Mitchell, Erica, and Christopher; as well as grandchildren, many loved cousins, nieces, nephews and many lifelong friends including Ed Hennessy and Judd Winter.
Special thanks to Valley View Home in Glasgow for the kind and loving care provided for Court during his last months of life. Also, many thanks to the Glasgow Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for their loving support and kindness.
Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.
Contributions to the Worldwide Bible Education work of Jehovah’s Witnesses can be made at j.w.org.