Richard "Dick" B. Kelley

Richard "Dick" B. Kelley of the town of Grafton passed away at his residence on Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, 2008, at the age of 85.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated for Dick on Feb. 9 by Father Stephen Lampe at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton. The family received visitors at the church on Saturday, prior to the service.

Dick was laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery in Mequon.

Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington assisted the family with arrangements.

Dick was born in Oconomowoc on April 5, 1922, the son of Richard and Mary McConville Kelley. After serving with the U.S. Army during World War II, Dick was united in marriage with Jean Dorrow at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee. The couple raised six children together.

Jean preceded him in death in 1996.

On Aug. 26, 2000, Dick married Ruth "Cookie" Czerwinski at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton.

Dick was employed by AT&T/ Ameritech as a field man doing cable distribution for 37 years.

A longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton, he was also a member of the Rose-Harms American Legion Post 355 for 50-plus years and the AT&T retiree group, the Pioneers. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, going up north and socializing with friends. He was well known for his good sense of humor.

Dick is survived by his wife Ruth of Grafton; his children Timothy (Cindy) Kelley of Waterford, Dean (Sherry) Kelley of Grafton, Kevin (Margaret "Peggy") Kelley of Saukville, Kathleen (Mark) Kielisch of Hartford, Mary (Curt) Hilgenberg of Greenleaf and Kerry Kelley of Waupaca; and his stepchildren Anthony Czerwinski of Saukville, Mark (Anita) Czerwinski of Mequon, Claudia (Stephen) Frank of Grafton, Paul (Pam) Czerwinski of Plymouth, Mary Ann Czerwinski of Saukville, John (Colleen) Czerwinski of Elkhorn and Daniel (Michele) Czerwinski of Port Washington. He is further survived by 21 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his first wife Jean; and his sister Margaret Hodgerson.

The family suggests memorials to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, St. Joseph’s Parish School or a charity of your choice.

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