Ercel Morgan Kelton, lovingly known as “Pat,” 75, of Leona, passed away Sunday, July 22, at the St. Joseph Hospice Center in Bryan. Born on Nov. 6, 1936, to Ercel and Eula Kelton, he was raised in the Madisonville area until his teen years. The family moved to Sugar Land, where he graduated from Sugar Land High School in 1955. He married his high school sweetheart, Amy Horn, in 1958.
After graduation, Pat went to work for Jorgenson Steel for more than 20 years. In 1985, he left Jorgensen to venture into partnership with friends as a co-owner of Saturn Machine in Brookshire. Years later, he began a new stage in his life – he and Amy moved to rural Leona. Pat spent many enjoyable years gardening and ranching with longtime friends and neighbors Bob and J.P. Borah.
Mr. Kelton is preceeded in death by his parents; brother, Borden Kelton; and sister, Melva Ann Kelton. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Amy Horn Kelton; brother, Fred Kelton and wife, Shirley; two sisters, Crystol Kelton Spillars and husband, Melvin “Mutt,” and Harriet Kelton Johnson; brothers-in-law, Paul and Alex Horn; sister-in-law, Kathy Horn Kozlovsky and husband, Ronnie; many nieces; nephews; grandnieces and nephews; and numerous close friends.
Pat will be remembered as a very generous man with a loving heart, a mischievous twinkle in his eyes and always a smile on his face. He will be missed greatly.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the Madisonville Funeral Home. Dr. George Wilson officiated, and interment followed in the Park Cemetery in Madisonville.
Serving as pallbearers were Brian Horn, Wesley Johnson, Bill Exley, Michael Elverud, Tod Pinckard and Ronnie Kozlovsky.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Normangee Public Library, 936-396-9050; Brazos Valley Hospice, 979-821-2266 or www
.hospicebrazosvalley.org; Ma disonville First United Me thodist Church, 936-348-2691; or the charity of one’s choice.
Madisonville Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Log on to www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com to sign the online memorial guestbook.