OREGON - Paul Donald Jelle of Oregon, Wis., died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, of cancer as a result of complications due to hemochromatosis. Paul was born at St. Clare Hospital, Monroe, on Nov. 1, 1952, the son of Donald and Dorothy (Paulson) Jelle. He married Faye Friske on July 1, 1993.
Paul grew up on the family farm in Montrose Township, Wis. He attended Belleville Public Schools and graduated in 1970. Upon graduation Paul attended the UW-Platteville and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in accounting and business administration and a minor in economics in 1974. While at UW-Platteville Paul was a member of the wrestling team and Letterman's Club. Paul then went on to earn a Master's of business administration from Cardinal Stritch in 1993.
Paul began and ended his working career of 38 years with the UW-Madison. Most of those years were spent as the Assistant Dean in College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Paul was held in high regard not only with his colleagues but the entire University community. In 2007 Paul received the Academics Staff Award for Excellence in Service. When Paul retired in June of 2013, he was honored with Emeritus Status and Babcock Hall named an ice cream for him, "Paul Jelly". Paul was very proud to be a member of the rock band, The Revolutionary. Paul also enjoyed reading, golf, and fishing.
Paul will be remembered as a loving husband, proud and loving father, and doting grandfather. He was a man of integrity, honesty, kindness, compassion, was the most selfless man you would ever have met, and his sense of humor was priceless. Paul will be greatly missed by family, friends, and colleagues. To know him was to respect and admire him. Paul met death with courage, grace, and dignity that was truly a testament to the kind of man he was.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, Faye; son, Mitchell; daughter, Elizabeth (Andy) Kraus; granddaughters, Kellen and Cora Kraus; mother, Dorothy; sister, JoAnn (Paul) Wittwer; brother, David (Laura); and brother-in-law, Fredric Friske. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald, and mother-in-law, Marguerite Friske.
The family would like to thank Dr. Sam Lubner, Dr. Jason Pinchot, Dr. Michael Bassetti, and Dr. Toby Campbell at UW Hospital and the Carbone Cancer Center for their excellent care, the professionals at UW Digestive Health Care who cared for Paul, the staff of Agrace HospiceCare who attended to Paul, and the many neighbors, friends, and family for their many kindnesses; cards, gifts of food, prayers, visits, phone calls and emails, and moral support. They were greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at 11 a.m., at PEOPLE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 103 N. Alpine Parkway, Oregon, Wis. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faye Jelle to be distributed for cancer research. Online condolences can be made at www.InformedChoiceFunerals.com.