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Obituary for Joseph Paul Kelly

Joseph Paul Kelly, of Portland, age 72, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on April 16, 1948 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Paul I. and Beatrice E. (Zimmerman) Kelly. Joe worked at Wendy's in Portland where he made many friends along the way. In his free time he enjoyed playing video games and bowling. He is survived by his loving wife, Paula Kelly; step-daughters, Sheri Knipp, Julie Phillips, and Tina Peterman; many grandchildren; sisters, Louann (Ronald) Burhans and Ida (Tom) Robinson; brothers, Kenneth (Peggy) Kelly and Forest (Lori) Kelly, Sr.; and several special nieces and nephews. Private family services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at

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