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Subject: Death of Elmer Kelton
Date Posted: 8/24/2009 3:24 AM ET
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For those who haven't heard, I am sad to report that Elmer Kelton died of natural causes over the weekend.  From the AP:

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SAN ANGELO, Texas – Western novelist Elmer Kelton, whose novel "The Good Old Boys" was made into a TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones, has died. He was 83. Myrtis Loudermilk, a director at Johnson's Funeral Home in San Angelo, told The Associated Press that Kelton died Saturday of natural causes.

Kelton wrote 62 fiction and nonfiction books. "The Good Old Boys" was made into a 1995 TV movie starring Jones for the TNT cable network. Kelton also was known for "The Man Who Rode Midnight" and "The Time It Never Rained."

His first novel, "Hot Iron," was published in 1956, and he recently finished his last book, "Texas Standoff," due out next year. Another novel, "Other Men's Horses," will be released this fall.

The Western Writers of America voted Kelton "Best Western Author of All Time" and gave him its Spur Award seven times. Four of his books won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Born in Crane, Kelton grew up on the McElroy Ranch in west Texas. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 and saw combat in Europe during World War II.

He earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and spent 15 years as the farm and ranch writer-editor for the San Angelo Standard-Times. He also worked as an editor for Sheep and Goat Raiser Magazine and Livestock Weekly, from which he retired in 1990.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in San Angelo.

Kelton is survived by his wife, Ann, and three children."

I had the need to write to Mr. Kelton several times, and found him to be polite, helpful and kind.  A loss to the genre and to the literary community, to be sure.

--Elizabeth

Date Posted: 8/24/2009 11:01 AM ET
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Oh, thank you for letting us know. I didn't see this. The Good Old Boys was a best example of the genre The Passing of the West. And so was the The Day The Cowboys Quit - a novel that dealt with big issues but Kelton never lost  his sense of humor handling those big issues.