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MADISON—Paul John Kelley, age 88, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, with his family at his side. Paul was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., to Matthew and Mary (Lamboley) Kelley. He attended St. Peter and Paul Grade School and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1947. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison in 1951, and went on to graduate from UW-Madison Law School in 1953. He became a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin in 1953, which he remained a member of until the time of his death.

Paul spent two years in the U.S. Army stationed in Alaska during the Korean conflict.

His career included being licensed as a realtor in Wisconsin for over 50 years, serving as the assistant district attorney for Dane County, and working as a public administrator, legal assistant and register in probate court. He concluded his career as a claims manager at Hartford Insurance Company.

Paul was an adjutant in the American Legion, a volunteer for the Red Cross from December 1997 to July 2014, and was a longterm member of the Knights of Columbus.

Paul’s activities included playing tennis and golf, playing with his grandchildren and driving his 1957 international pick up in parades and community functions. His favorite vacations included going to Door County with his family and a trip to Europe after his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his daughters, Bridget and Molly; his son, John; and his sister, Constance Taagen of Mequon, Wis. He is further survived by his son-in-law, Chris Wolle; godson, Chris Baggot; grandchildren, Gus, Bert and Sonja Wolle; nieces, Michelle Reed Pope and Pat Reed Piccoli; nephews, Tom, Julian, Matt, Sam, Tim and Jess Taagen; and cousin, Luke Lamboley.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Joanne Reed of Philadelphia; granddaughter, Adele Wolle; and son-in-Law, Dr. Dan Eimermann.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison, with Father Bart Timmerman presiding. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Military Honors will be presented after Mass. Paul will be laid to rest at Frenchtown Cemetery in Belleville.

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