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“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." ~ George S. Patton
Date of Birth April 24, 1994
Date of Passing December 07, 2018
Alex Paul Szelestey
from Shelby, Michigan, United States
Alex P. Szelestey, age 24, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 07, 2018. He was born on April 24, 1994, to Steve Szelestey and Kathy Kerbyson.
Alex was an inspiring husband to his wife, Kelsie; as well as, a brother, son, and wonderful father to his daughter, Olivia. His father was a Ford engineer sharing his bright ideas on models of the new Ford cars. His mother was a secretary in the special needs department in the Hamtramck School District. His step-father, William Hyde was a steelworker for steel factories. He was a city boy but also a hero in a lot of peoples’ world. He loved dirt biking and exploring the United States on his motorcycle whenever he could. He always had a positive outlook on life and never passed a day up when he could do any labor work. Especially when it came to his lifestyle during his years in The Marines.
Alex believed that everything happened for a reason. And he always lived by the saying “Death is not the greatest loss in life and always live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.” Even through his hard years he always had something positive to come out of it. He believed that as long as you are happy with what you are doing with your life then no one’s opinion matters but the people that are important to you even if it is one person.
He was always close with his siblings Bridgette, Jon, Pamela, and Autumn. Growing up he had his own connection with them. His connection with Jon was video games. With Bridgette it was style. With Pamela it was humor. With Autumn it was a learning process. He cared about his family more then he cared about himself and it was hard for him when he left for training in May of 2012.
Throughout his 6-7 years of being in The Marines, he learned about self-respect and he learned how to control certain situations to not make matters bigger than what they are. Alex was hard working and taught his peers about happiness and how to change a bad situation into something good. No matter how hard things got for Alex he always managed to keep a strong mind and continued on accomplishing his missions.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 15, 2018, 10:00 am at the Wasik Shelby funeral home. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Sunday at the funeral home from 9:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am.
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