Roland Kelley, 87, of Tomah, died Monday, November 16, 2015 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, LaCrosse.
He was born on January 25, 1928, to John C. and Bessie (Lamb) Kelley in Tomah. Roland was a member of the Tomah High School Graduating Class of 1945. On September 27, 1952, he was united in marriage to Doris M. Bernhardt at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Tomah.
Along with farming his whole life, Roland worked as a director for 28 years at Oakdale Electric and represented Oakdale Electric at Dairyland Power for over 20 years.
Roland was one of a kind. He loved people, and when he and Doris travelled throughout the US with their camper, his first job would be to set up and then he would set out to meet the fellow campers. Roland would always inquire with folks where they were from and what did they do. He loved sharing stories with friends and new acquaintances, which usually ended with sharing a laugh or two.
Many, who knew Roland knew of his great sense of humor. Getting together with friends and family was always important to Roland. He created the annual Buddy Reunion get together and also helped organize the annual Derby parties He was an avid outdoorsman; he enjoyed hunting locally, and with friends the hunting trips out West were some of his most memorable. He had a special love for the cottage on Castle Rock Lake and shared so very many precious memories with his family and friends there. Roland also had a generous heart, always quick to lend a helping hand. He will be dearly missed and remembered by those who loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris; a son John C. Kelley; four grandchildren, Brittany, Sean, Danielle and Jesse, all of Tomah; five great-grandchildren, Devon, Jessalynn, Kaidan, Kynlee and Dane; a sister-in-law, Sue (Ken) Priellip-Olson of Tomah; and a brother-in-law, James Bernhardt of Clifton. Roland is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Scott; a sister, Joyce Wilson; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mabel Bernhardt, Gary Prielip and Donna and Don Muehlenkamp.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015, 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1505 Butts Ave., Tomah. Fran Hewuse will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Relatives and friends are invited to call today, Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau Street, Tomah, and on Friday at the church from 10 a.m.. until the time of the service.
Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamily fh.com