A funeral service for 91 year old Paul E. Kellam will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam with military honors following the service on the Church yard. Friends may call at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam on Monday, July 15th, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM. A Masonic service will be presented for friends and family at the funeral home on Monday evening at 8:00 PM.
Paul E. Kellam laid down the working tools of his life and joined his lord on 7-9-13 while at the St. Regis Home in Massena for rehabilitation. He was born October 25th, 1921 at his familys home in West Stockholm NY the son of Ernest and Ethel (Lee) Kellam. He attended Science Hill Elementary School; Graduated from Potsdam High School in 1938, and from Canton ATC in 1941.
Paul was inducted in the Army Air Force during WWII in 1942. He served in the Eighth Air Force as a squadron radar officer (MOS 0141) in the 93rd Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, and the 705th Bomb Squadron. He served in the European Theater of Operations in England. Upon his release from active duty Paul served in the Flight A 9308th Air Reserve Squadron from 1946 until he retired as a Major in 1966. Paul received the WWII Victory Medal, ETO ribbon, American Theater ribbon and a Presidential Unit Citation.
Paul was self-employed, working as an electrician and general contractor throughout the North Country. His love of anything mechanical kept him busy well into his late 80s. His air force commander once wrote, If Paul Kellam cant fix it, it cant be fixed.
Paul was active in the community. He was a dedicated member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Potsdam serving many years as a warden and a vestry member and Chair of the Property Committee. He was a long time member and Past Master of Racquette River Lodge 213, later Amber Lodge 395, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masonry-Northern Masonic Jurisdiction 320 where he received his 32°. Paul also was a member of Vega Chapter 98 Order of the Eastern Star, and LLCV chapter 230 OES. Paul was a Past Commander of the American Legion Post #74 Potsdam, and a member of the AMVET Post #282. If Friends desire memorial contributions may be made to any of these organizations or to Hospice and Palliative Care, 6805 U. S. Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.
Paul married Elinor B. Bump in 1946. They resided in Potsdam where they raised two children, Brenda (Kellam) Mack and Thomas Kellam. He welcomed one grandchild, Lesley Mack. His survivors include his wife Elinor, his daughter and son in law Brenda and Dennis Mack and their daughter Leslie Mack all of Avon, NY, and his son and daughter in law Thomas and Esther (Barren) Kellam of Syracuse, NY.
Paul was a lifelong learner. He researched the Civil War, genealogy, trains, tractors, and antique cars. He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Paul delighted in family vacations to Maine and Florida.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam.