Reuben Kelto
Michigan Wolverines
Reuben Kelto, 1940
Date of birth: (1919-09-10)September 10, 1919
Place of birth: Bessemer, Michigan
Date of death: March 19, 1998(1998-03-19) (aged 78)
Place of death: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Career information
Position(s): Tackle
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
College: University of Michigan
High school: A.D. Johnston High School
 As player:
1939–1941 Michigan
Career highlights and awards
Awards: Most Valuable Player, 1941 Michigan Wolverines football team

Reuben W. Kelto (September 10, 1919 – March 19, 1998) was an American football player. He played at the tackle position for the University of Michigan from 1939 to 1941. He was chosen as the Most Valuable Player on the 1941 Michigan Wolverines football team.

Kelto was born in 1919 in Bessemer, Michigan, the son of Emil and Lilly Kelto. He graduated from the A.D. Johnston High School in 1938.[1]

He enrolled at the University of Michigan and played football under head coach Fritz Crisler from 1939 to 1941. He first gained attention in Michigan's 1939 victory over Iowa. Following the game, Bob Murphy of the Detroit News wrote: "A new star stood out for the Wolverines in Reuben Kelto of Bessemer. Subbing for Bill (Savilla) at various intervals in the game Kelto did an outstanding job."[2]

Kelto went on to become the Most Valuable Player on the 1941 Michigan Wolverines football team. The 1941 team under head coach Fritz Crisler finished with a 6-1-1 record and were ranked fifth in the final Associated Press poll.[3]

Kelto received a bachelor of science degree in engineering degree from the University of Michigan and later received a master's degree from the Chrysler Institute of Engineering in Detroit, Michigan.[4]

Kelto served in the U.S. Navy during World War II .[1]

He married to Florence Albrecht on August 17, 1946, in a ceremony held in Shawano, Wisconsin, with the reception at the Hotel Martin in Bonduel, Wisconsin.[5] At the time of the wedding, Kelto had recently been discharged from the Navy and was working for Chrysler Corporation.[5] Over the course of his professional career, Kelto held positions as an electrical engineer with Chrysler and Tecumseh Products.[4] He was also a lifetime member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers. He lived in Dayton, Ohio, Adrian, Michigan, and, for the last 12 years of his life, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In 1975, Kelto was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame.[4]

Kelto died in 1998 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was survived by his wife, Florence, three sons (Clifford, Martin, and Douglas), a daughter (Vivian Khalife) and seven grandchildren.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Reuben Kelto". Ironwood Daily Globe. 1998-03-23.
  2. Jim Rasmusen (1939-10-19). "It's All in the Slant". Ironwood Daily Globe (quoting from a story in the Detroit News).
  3. "1941 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Three alumni recognized at Bessemer athletic banquet". Ironwood Daily Globe. 1997-05-10.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Reuben Kelto Takes Bride at Lovely Shawano Home Rites". Ironwood Daily Globe. 1946-08-23.
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