Jared ‘Jed’ Abbott Kealy

Jared “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.