Jared ‘Jed’ Abbott Kealy
“Jed” Abbott Kealy, 58, of Milwaukee, was born in Oconomowoc on July 11,
1954, to Robert and Molly Kealy.
Jed spent his childhood in the Town of Summit, where he developed his
love of the outdoors by exploring the woods and nearby lakes.
From an early age, Jed excelled in outdoor sports, devoting hours to
biking, swimming, water and snow skiing, canoeing, and hiking. He was an
avid rock collector and would scour sites to add to his collection. His
music ability was unlimited; he could pick up any instrument and in a
matter of hours he would be making music for all of us to enjoy. He
studied piano and trumpet and, in his youth, he attended Summer Arts
Camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He enjoyed playing and writing
boogie woggie throughout his life. He also enjoyed playing his
harmonica, swaying and tapping his foot to the beat.
Jed had a happy-go-lucky nature; nothing seemed to faze him, even when
he faced adversity. He was quick-witted, always cracking a joke with an
impish grin on his face. He shared his love of nature with family and
friends and relished being in the outdoors.
Jed graduated from Oconomowoc High School and then went on to serve in
the U.S. Army, where he studied German at the Defense Language Institute
in Monterey, Calif., in order to perform his military duties in West
Germany. He returned to Milwaukee, where he enrolled in the Bachelor of
Science program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed
two years before he transferred to Milwaukee Area Technical College. He
graduated in 1986 Phi Theta Kappa in Environmental Health and Wastewater
Management. His career spanned 17 years at the Ethan Allen School for
Boys. Jed married Carol Agacki of Milwaukee in 1990. Their son,
Marshall, was born in 1993. Jed’s love and care for his wife and son
created a special and unique family.
Sadly, Carol predeceased Jed in 2011 before he passed in May of 2013.
Jed is survived by his son, Marshall of Milwaukee; his siblings, Erin
(Joel) Green of Greendale; Abbie Kealy (Bill Bealmear) of Reisterstown,
Md.; Megan Kealy of Rohrersville, Md.; Molly Kealy (Harvey Walters) of
Mariaville, Maine; and Peter (Beth) Kealy of Wauwatosa; and six nephews
and nieces, Kelly Gauthier, Kaitlin Gauthier, Emily Bealmear, Ben
Bealmear, Medora Kealy and Tyler Kealy.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31,
at The Pub, 114 N. Main St., Oconomowoc.
Charitable contributions may be made to: The National Alliance on Mental
Illness, 3732 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 106, Milwaukee, WI 53208.