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  • Jan 7, 2011 8:24am

    I heard the news of Dave's passing and felt sad. I knew Dave from Beginning Experience and he helped many thru his fun loving nature and sincere concern for others. Those of us who worked with him on those weekends respected his fun loving nature and willingness to share. The gatherings at his home and on his boat were indeed times of laughter and friendship. May all of you find comfort in those wonderful memories of a wonderful guy that will be missed by many.
    Aggie Tauke   

    Aggie Tauke

  • Jan 6, 2011 12:48pm

    Dear Kathy and all of Dave's family,

    When I received an email yesterday with Dave's story,  I was so sad for all of you.  I had probably not seen Dave since the mid 90's and we had not stayed connected through the years.  Dave was such a GREAT guy with a fun loving, playful spirit and BIG heart.  The photo of him in the tie is exactly how I remember him. 

    I met Dave in the early 90's at a workshop in Platteville at the UW.  I was a nurse living and working in Dubuque and Dave had just retired from 3M.  Dave and I connected on several accounts - we both loved country music and line dancing, we were both very proud of our Irish heritage and we both adored our children and our families.  I couldn't believe the many similarities between Dave and my only brother.  And, I remember telling Dave how truly blessed he was to have 4 beautiful sisters just like I did!  I remember meeting 2 of you and 2 of you boys in PDC in the summer of '92.  I apologize but I'm not very good at remembering names any more. 

    Dave reminded me so much of my own Dad.  They both loved everything outdoors - their dogs, their boats, the river, fishing, hunting, golfing, gardening and a cold pint or two!  I remember shortly after we met that Dave, his Dad and Dave Jr. all went to Ireland.  My first name is Colleen and Dave would always challenge me or anyone else who did not pronounce my name the Irish way!  When Dave was in Ireland, he made a cassette tape for me.  On the tape, he asked people on the airplane and in the pubs how to say my name correctly!  The tape still makes me laugh.

    I'm so glad that Dave enjoyed a rich retirement life doing all the things he loved and that he had shared it with a beloved partner.  I was also happy to read that Dave had been blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren!  Dave would laugh to know that out of our first 11 grandchildren the first 10 were girls!!

    Thank you, Kathy and Dave, for creating the Caring Bridge web page.  It was comforting to know that Dave, Kathy and all of you had Hospice to help you through these past few months.  I am so very, very sorry for your loss.  There's part of an old Irish blessing that goes - Always remember to forget the things that made you sad but never forget to remember the things that made you glad...

    Hugs,  Colleen Kathleen Huntington Venter

    Colleen Venter

  • Jan 5, 2011 3:52pm

    To Kathy and to Dave's kids,
    I am so sorry to hear today of Dave's illness and death.  I knew Dave through Beginning Experience, and he was a big part of my life for several years as we, and several friends, went through the pains of loss together. He was someone I could rely on for support either with laughter or tears. With a small group of friends, we spent many weekends in Prairie du Chien and many hours on the pontoon floating down the Mississippi.  They are all good and precious memories which I bring back often and will keep forever.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love and Hugs,

    Judy McClain

  • Jan 4, 2011 6:54pm

    To Kathy and my cousins; Sean, David, Brenda and Bryan, 

    I hope you understand how saddenned we are by the loss of Uncle Dave and by knowing the pain you must be in.  He, like Grandpa, was a man I looked up to because of his positive outlook and his gregarious approach to life.  I don't remember him without a huge smile on his face and I am happy I have that image of him to cherish forever.

    With Love and sympathy,
    Tom (Max) Harding and family

    Tom Harding

  • Dec 26, 2010 10:59pm

    Dave,  we had some good times when I use to lecture in Florida and would come out to see you and your DAD.  Remember the time I drove up in a red convertible because that was the only car they had in the rental car lot when I flew in.  Your DAD insisted he had to drive it to the country club so even one would think he had bought a new car.  The California Kelly's send our love and a big hug.  Joyce Kelly 

    Joyce Kelly

  • Dec 20, 2010 6:39pm

    Dave's family has my deepest sympathy. One of my fondest memories was going walleye fishing on Lake Mil lacs and our annual Blue Gill outing with Dale Fisher, Larry Hinkel, myself and Dave, we always has a great time. I only heard about Dave's illness a week ago, I am sorry I did not know about it sooner so I could have been in contact with him. He will be missed by all!


    Dean Hamann

  • Dec 18, 2010 9:16pm

    To Dave's Family,
    I was so saddened to hear of Dave's passing. I worked with Dave on many projects in Praire. Our biggest being the high rise warehouse. He always had a smile on his face, worked hard but kept it fun. He often opened up his house to me on my many visits to the plant. We lost touch for a long while but met up at a Florida 3M annual lunch.

    He will be dearly missed.

    Ron Dexter

    Ron Dexter

  • Dec 17, 2010 2:06pm

    Kathy and Family

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.  Dave was such an interesting person, fun to be around and great to talk with.  I will personally never forget him on the tennis court.   I could hear "OH Dave"!!!   many courts over and would smile and know that someone was enjoying their morning play with Dave Kelly.  You will be missed Dave...

    Joe and Maggie Pliska 

    margaret pliska

  • Dec 17, 2010 1:41pm

    Our deepest sympathy.

    Richard and Berni Johnson

    Richard Johnson

  • Dec 16, 2010 3:53pm

    Dave was my first boss when I started with 3M.  His great philosophical views such as "what's another slice off a cut loaf" and " who's going to care about that 100 years from now" have stood me in good stead for many years.    His humor and love of life made him truly unique.  My condolences to all of Dave's family and friends.

    Jean Titlbach

  • Dec 15, 2010 8:54pm

    Our sincere sympathy to all of your family.
    George and Mary Jones

    George and Mary Jones

  • Dec 15, 2010 6:29pm

    I will really miss Dave. Great guy, fun to be with and be around.

    He will definitely be missed!

    Jack & Nan

    Jack Baytos

  • Dec 15, 2010 11:02am

    Sean, my deepest condolences to you and yours on the passing of your Dad. Cancer is a SOB, that's how I lost my Dad. I only knew Dave for a week, but I enjoyed the time I spent with him. I wish he could have made another trip up to Canada, he was fun to be around.

    Jake Swenson

  • Dec 14, 2010 4:43pm

    We were very saddened to hear of Dave's passing.  His work with the guide dogs has helped make wonderful changes in people's lives, and will continue to do so.

    Dave and Cindy Mihulka

  • Dec 14, 2010 11:08am

    We are SO sorry to hear of Dave's passing and we will miss him more than words can say, but we know he's now in a better place.  For sure, Kelly met him on the Rainbow Bridge and took him home. 

    If there is ANYTHING we can do for you and/or the family and/or the dogs, please let us know.

    Love and Hugs,   ME and T

    Mary Ellen & Tom Convery

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