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August 8, 2005

College Mourns John Kell, Alumnus and Business Advisory Council Member

John KellJohn D. Kell, 54, of Eau Claire died Friday, August 5, 2005, in Rice Lake as the result of an accident. He was a 1974 graduate of the College of Business. John joined the college's Business Advisory Council in Fall 2004. He was always interested in students and their professional development and had recently guest lectured in the marketing principles classes.

John was born February 25, 1951, in Eau Claire to Careybelle (Kuntz) and Paul Kell.

He married Betsy Haydon in Eau Claire on December 6, 1975. They have resided in Eau Claire since their marriage.

John started working for his father’s company, Kell Container in Chippewa Falls, in 1974 and later became the CEO. In 2004, after Kell Container was sold to the Great Northern Corporation, John acted as President of Kell Container, a Division of the Great Northern Corp.

In addition to his involvement in the College of Business, he served as secretary for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation; President of the Eau Claire YMCA board of directors; a member of the Big Brother/Big Sister board of directors; a member of First Congregational Church, Eau Claire, and its board of directors; a Blugold mentor; and a member of The Executive Committee (TEC); and in 2004, was the recipient of the UW-Eau Claire President’s Award.

Survivors include his wife, Betsy; two daughters, Sadie Jane (Scott Gunderson) Kell, Angela Vesta Kell, all of Eau Claire; mother, Careybelle Kell of Chippewa Falls; three brothers, Mike (Pat) Kell of Stone Lake, Charlie (Pat) Kell of Menomonie, Tom (Pam) Kell of Chippewa Falls; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2005, at First Congregational Church, Eau Claire.  Private family interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 8, at Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be designated to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004.

Please send condolences to John’s family online at  Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Sunday, August 7, 2005