The Honorable Judge Britt Kelch
September 6, 1953 – May 11, 2020
The Honorable Judge Britt T. Kelch, 66, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 in his home
Born & raised in Frankfurt Indiana, September 6th of 1953, to James Kelch and Berta Hamblett, Britt was one of three children. Having grown up in Frankfurt, Indiana, Britt loved playing high school football. Upon graduating and sensing the need to help his country, he enlisted in the US Army as a Combat Engineer attached to the Army Rangers joining his brother Blake in combat, who was serving in the USMC. After a tour in Vietnam, Britt finished his service in Berlin Germany before returning home stateside to go to college.
Britt had felt the pull of civil service once more in his life and wanted to become an attorney, but unfortunately did not have the financial means to go to law school or finish college. Instead, he began apprenticeship in the trades as a Union Sheet Metal Worker harnessing his passion for building that he had in The Army. Britt found a home with his work at Local #38 in Brewster, NY and was a member in good standing unto his retirement. After retiring from the Union, Britt regained his spark for civil service once again as the Town Justice in Davenport, NY. It was his greatest accomplishment in life outside of fatherhood and his proudest achievement to have served the community and further his knowledge of the Law. Britt was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #592, Schenevus and the Masonic Lodge # 466, Oneonta. He was also a NY State Magistrate Association, the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local #38 retiree, and the NRA.
His hobbies included talking politics, working on & riding motorcycles, metalworking, shooting, playing guitar, and purchasing tools for his shop. He was a proud father, grandfather, and friend to many in the community. A man of many talents, he did not live without flaws, in fact he owned them honestly and recognized his mistakes in life. He had been sober for the better part of ten years upon his passing from his battles with addiction. He was a cherished member of the community and would help anyone in need, even if at times he did not help himself. He has found the peace he was searching for in life upon his passing in death on May 11th 2020 called fourth to serve the lord in heaven.
He is survived by his son Blake Kelch and his spouse Ashley, Poolesville, MD; his Granddaughter Christine Kelch; his sister Robin Keaffaber, Cincinnati, OH; his nieces and nephews, Lauri Fox, Jennifer Bixley, Ranen Keaffaber, and Elora Edwards.
Britt was predeceased by his identical twin brother Blake Kelch; his father James Kelch; his mother Berta Miller and nephew Shawn Smith.
A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held in honor of Britt at a later date when it is safe for us all to be together again.
In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans https://www.paypal.com/donate Donations can be made out and mailed to: SHIRJ 697 Winney Hill Rd Oneonta, NY 13820
The Honorable Judge Britt Kelch
May 25, 2020
Uncle Britt, my father's twin (who had past when I was young), always gave me an idea of what my father would look like ! When my sister and I were young uncle Britt always took back to school shopping for clothes and things we needed.. we loved it! 1991 I spent 3 weeks in New York, Blake you were 18 months old I think, uncle Britt took me on my first cab ride, we climb the statue of liberty,ect..super fun time..
It has been years since I have seen you in person but i always love looking at recent pictures to know what daddy would look like! give daddy a Hugh hug. I love you uncle Britt. Love always, jenni