Father Gelthaus, a native of Louisville, attended St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Ind., and was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1988.
He served as pastor of Christ the Healer Church in Edmonton, Ky., and Christ the King Church in Tompkinsville, Ky., from 2007 until his death. He also served as pastor of Emmanuel Church in Albany, Ky., and administrator of Holy Cross Church in Burkesville, Ky., from 1994 to 2007.
He served as associate pastor of St. Helen, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Raphael churches. He served as a chaplain at Assumption High School and in Hispanic ministry for the Tompkinsville Community.
He is survived by his siblings, twin brother Father Harry Gelthaus, Stephen Gelthaus (Debby), Rose Michal, Janice Knoop (John), Terri Hogge (Allen) and Carol Grossman (Dan), and many nieces and nephews.
The concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 28 at St. Stephen Martyr Church, 2931 Pindell Avenue. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.