Soldotna resident Paul Clayton Kelly died Feb. 20, 2003, of leukemia at the veteran's hospital in Seattle, Wash. He was 67.
A gathering is planned to share, honor and celebrate Mr. Kelly. For information on the time, date and location of the gathering, contact 252-2024 or P.O. Box 3682, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Mr. Kelly was born June 3, 1935, in Boston, Mass. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952 and served in Korea. He studied linguistics at Flathead Valley Community College in Montana.
Mr. Kelly came to Alaska in 1976 and lived in Kodiak for a short time before moving to the Funny River Road area. He worked in aviation electronics as a Marine and as a millwright in Montana. He managed the Tesoro gas station in Soldotna for many years and worked for Global Environmental Systems in oil refinement operations, which took him to many places in the state.
Mr. Kelly was a member of the NRA, the Universal Life Church Inc., and the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry. He enjoyed the computer game "Everquest," crossword puzzles, gardening, science fiction, astronomy, panning gold, photography, chess, mushroom hunting, the game "Magic: The Gathering," reading and feeding the local birds. His dogs B.B. and Spatswere like members of the family to him.
"Paul will be remembered by those who knew and loved him as one of the coolest guys that ever lived. He was a generous, loving father and dear friend. Intelligent and fond of knowledge, he was interested in many things. He liked imaginative and creative things like fantasy and art, and was intrigued by the sciences and what might be possible in the future. He enjoyed being a character in the virtual world of Everquest, and had many exciting times there. Of all the works and types of art that he admired, he may have found a beautiful female form to be the most wonderful and pleasing.
"He loved language and word play and had a wonderful way with them in his conversation and thought. He enjoyed collecting and posting clever quotes of wisdom and humor. He was independent in thought and in lifestyle and was irked by what he saw as foolish or meddlesome, be it in government or elsewhere. He believed in the right to keep and bear arms. Almost all of his 25- plus years in Alaska he lived tucked into the woods out off Funny River Road away from the amenities and hubbub of town. Paul was not particularly devoted to any religious faith, but he never wholly discounted the possibility of some sort of hereafter, maybe even one where true justice is done. He was many things gruff, warm, tough, loose, charming, exuberant, funny, great and small. A formidable opponent at Trivial Pursuit, a tireless putterer, his spaghetti and 'cranban' preserves and many other things that he did and was, will be missed. It is hard to lose him, but we are glad we had him and have him still in our hearts and in ourselves," his family said.
Mr. Kelly is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Amanda of Soldotna; and son Daniel of Anchorage and his family of Amy and Patrick; and several friends who were like brothers and sisters
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