For Peter Kelly's Family

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This campaign has been set up to help Peter Kelly's wife, Christie, and their 5 children- Kellen, Payton, Miles, Auggie and Molly with what will be hard days, weeks and years ahead for this very young family. Peter was tragically killed while fishing on the river April 14th. Peter and his wife were a one income family, your donations will go to help Christie and the future of their 5 very young children.  Our hearts are so heavy with the loss of Peter.  Please donate financially if you are able, if not, please, please pray for Peter's family.

Thank you,
Aaron & Mallory Marko
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Recently Christie has asked Mallory and I to close this fundraiser. But before we do Mallory and I want to take some time to give everyone a final update on Christie and the children. We also want to express how truly grateful we are for the level of support that was given to Pete and his family through this fundraiser.

Although my wife and I have been staying in contact with Christie and the children, at the same time, we have been trying to give them room to grieve and heal on their own. To say that they are fully recovered from the loss of Peter is unrealistic at this point, but I would have to say that through their strong faith in God and the support of their family and community, that they are definitely moving forward in the healing process. The boys are still active in their sports (as dad would have wanted) and as you can imagine it is a full time job for Christie just keeping up with the house and kids. Christie may have lost Peter, but she still gets to look at him every day through their five children. And thanks to EVERYONE that gave support through this website has helped lighten the financial burden left by this tragedy. These gifts have helped pay off many bills for the family. In turn has allowed Christie to focus on raising the kids instead of trying to figure out how she was going to pay the next bill. Which is why Mallory and I want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for EVERYTHING that you have done... Words could not describe how thankful we are for your support. I know that we have said it before but we are truly speechless.

For those of you that did not know, Peter was my best friend for over 30 years. I loved him like a brother…. and miss him more than words can describe. Throughout our life countless hours were spent together on the wrestling mat, sitting in the deer-stand, and walking though creeks/ponds. We were together in many ups and downs in life and helped each other get through a lot. We not only spent free time together, we also worked together for the same company. Those that knew us the best knew that we loved and fought like brothers. That’s just the way we were. Not many people can say that they had a relationship like Peter and I had which is why I feel so blessed to look back on what we had in that. I will never expect to replace our friendship. I won’t even try. I’ll be too busy missing him… Everything that I loved to do I did with him; hunting, trapping, fishing, wrestling. Since he has been gone, I no longer feel like doing any of those things the way I did before. But I know that Peter would very upset if I quit…. Simply because he wasn’t a quitter. So I’ll have to figure it out. In the meantime I think I just miss him….

On behalf of Christie and the children, my wife and I want to once again say THANK YOU for EVERYTHING and please continue to keep the family in your prayers.

God bless.
-Aaron and Mallory Marko
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It is so amazing how this goal was met is just 9 days, we truly cannot thank everyone enough!!! It is such a testament on how much Pete was loved. As we can see by so many comments, Pete really did touch so many lives.

Christie would like to Thank each and every one of you for all of the support for her and the kids. She said they are doing well considering the circumstances and that the kids are unbelievably strong, just like their dad. Please continue to keep Christie and family in your prayers for the upcoming trial, as you can imagine it is going to be very difficult for them.

Again- Thank you all so much!!
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On our way to the visitation right now... Just wanted to take minute to say Thank you so much again. We are still in shock and amazement by the generosity of everyone who is supporting Christie and the kids through this website. I'm not sure if Christie knows that it is now over $70,000 raised for her family, but it will be a little glimmer of hope on a very sad day. Above all, please keep praying for the Kelly family.
Thank you!!!
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Summer Hansen
51 months ago
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http://kstp.com/news/stories/s3769325.shtml Please note, he crossed the river to go home. Not to escalate a fight. In either case, showing compassion and respect towards a widow and 5 little babies would be more appropriate for this forum. This man was a man many should strive to be. God gives this family faith and strength they will require to move forward.

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Amanda Malles
51 months ago
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This is such a sad heart breaking story. Regarding the 'question' made by a previous post, you should be ashamed of yourself. The '19 yr old kid' you referred to, is a legal adult and no matter how the confrontation began, there is no excuse for committing such a violent act resulting in this mans death. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Peter, who sounds to have been a respectable human being. May he rest in peace and his memory live on.

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Ron Larson Jr.
51 months ago
1
1

This year’s wrestling was a tough year for my son Cole. He struggled right away but kept after it learning new moves and trying super hard when he was out on the mat. The coaches were very supportive and continued to tell me that he needs to stay in wrestling because he could be really good. Other issues and some tough losses during a tournament had Cole turning for the door. I had a wrestling coach at my college pull me aside and tell me that if I didn't pull it together and if I quit, that I would learn how easy it was to quit or how hard it is to win. You will never win if you’re not in the game. Pete was the only one in that gym that Cole listened to, and he finished the tournament. Pete sitting down with Cole and going through that tough man to man conversation was one of the greatest things I've seen. Even if Cole never wrestles again, we owe Pete a life time of wins. Thanks Pete. Prayers to you and your family.

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Pete Nusbaum
48 months ago

I will continue to Pray for you and your family. You now have a very special Angel looking over you so you will have some good guidance! Best wishes! Pete

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Tim Hansen
50 months ago

Didn't know you Pete but if you were anything like your Brothers I know you were a great man. I'm sending my donation via US Mail. Go Fund me ain't takin a percentage of mine. God Bless the Kelly Family.

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Kimberly Jones
50 months ago

Knowing Pete and his wonderful family most of my life, my heart breaks for you all. I cannot attend today but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Peace.

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Katie Hindahl
51 months ago

Love pours out in this sad time. I pray for peace and rest. Peter was friendly and kind. My heart breaks for the family of 6 he leaves behind.

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Jack Butler
51 months ago

It was a pleasure to contribute to your very deserving campaign. You will need every penny to cover current as well as long-term expenses. With all of the hatred and misery in our world, it is uplifting for all of us to see complete strangers helping out.

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JoAnne Weir
51 months ago

I did not know Pete but what I have read on the news breaks my heart, so sorry for your loss, may God bless you and his family

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Christina Jonas
51 months ago

This breaks my heart.... Pete was such an inspirational young man. Praying for these days and years ahead, may God be with you all.

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DeAnne Miller
51 months ago

i am so sorry for your loss. I have been there and it will be very hard to get thru all the days ahead. I will be praying for you.

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Scott Groth
51 months ago

What a tragedy for someone to take the life of such a wonderful loving husband and father like Pete was day in day out! He was a hard working, God loving and proud American with many blessings in his life. I will really miss our conversations at work about life and politics and our ongoing bathroom remodel project! His huge smile right away when I saw him and the quick witted joking around made him a true blessing; one of those great people to see at work every day. I will miss you very much my friend, very much! God Bless you and your beautiful family!

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Gavin Dahlstrom
51 months ago

Very sorry for the loss of Peter Kelly, very inspirational guy and a great member of the community. Prayers to Peter and his Family

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Beth Bartlett
51 months ago

Thoughts and prayers fro Coach Bartlett and family!

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Lisa Buchanan
48 months ago
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The Stepp Family
49 months ago

It's hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember. -The Stepp Family

MA
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Michael Arendarczyk
49 months ago
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Denae Twiest
49 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss.

MM
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Marcia McCloud
49 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss! I am one of Pat B. Margie sister friend.

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Jared Lawrence
49 months ago
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50 months ago
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Carol & Gary Lehman
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50 months ago
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Anonymous
50 months ago
Summer Hansen
51 months ago
4
4

http://kstp.com/news/stories/s3769325.shtml Please note, he crossed the river to go home. Not to escalate a fight. In either case, showing compassion and respect towards a widow and 5 little babies would be more appropriate for this forum. This man was a man many should strive to be. God gives this family faith and strength they will require to move forward.

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Amanda Malles
51 months ago
2
2

This is such a sad heart breaking story. Regarding the 'question' made by a previous post, you should be ashamed of yourself. The '19 yr old kid' you referred to, is a legal adult and no matter how the confrontation began, there is no excuse for committing such a violent act resulting in this mans death. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Peter, who sounds to have been a respectable human being. May he rest in peace and his memory live on.

+ Read More
Ron Larson Jr.
51 months ago
1
1

This year’s wrestling was a tough year for my son Cole. He struggled right away but kept after it learning new moves and trying super hard when he was out on the mat. The coaches were very supportive and continued to tell me that he needs to stay in wrestling because he could be really good. Other issues and some tough losses during a tournament had Cole turning for the door. I had a wrestling coach at my college pull me aside and tell me that if I didn't pull it together and if I quit, that I would learn how easy it was to quit or how hard it is to win. You will never win if you’re not in the game. Pete was the only one in that gym that Cole listened to, and he finished the tournament. Pete sitting down with Cole and going through that tough man to man conversation was one of the greatest things I've seen. Even if Cole never wrestles again, we owe Pete a life time of wins. Thanks Pete. Prayers to you and your family.

+ Read More
Pete Nusbaum
48 months ago

I will continue to Pray for you and your family. You now have a very special Angel looking over you so you will have some good guidance! Best wishes! Pete

+ Read More
Tim Hansen
50 months ago

Didn't know you Pete but if you were anything like your Brothers I know you were a great man. I'm sending my donation via US Mail. Go Fund me ain't takin a percentage of mine. God Bless the Kelly Family.

+ Read More
Kimberly Jones
50 months ago

Knowing Pete and his wonderful family most of my life, my heart breaks for you all. I cannot attend today but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Peace.

+ Read More
Katie Hindahl
51 months ago

Love pours out in this sad time. I pray for peace and rest. Peter was friendly and kind. My heart breaks for the family of 6 he leaves behind.

+ Read More
Jack Butler
51 months ago

It was a pleasure to contribute to your very deserving campaign. You will need every penny to cover current as well as long-term expenses. With all of the hatred and misery in our world, it is uplifting for all of us to see complete strangers helping out.

+ Read More
JoAnne Weir
51 months ago

I did not know Pete but what I have read on the news breaks my heart, so sorry for your loss, may God bless you and his family

+ Read More
Christina Jonas
51 months ago

This breaks my heart.... Pete was such an inspirational young man. Praying for these days and years ahead, may God be with you all.

+ Read More
DeAnne Miller
51 months ago

i am so sorry for your loss. I have been there and it will be very hard to get thru all the days ahead. I will be praying for you.

+ Read More
Scott Groth
51 months ago

What a tragedy for someone to take the life of such a wonderful loving husband and father like Pete was day in day out! He was a hard working, God loving and proud American with many blessings in his life. I will really miss our conversations at work about life and politics and our ongoing bathroom remodel project! His huge smile right away when I saw him and the quick witted joking around made him a true blessing; one of those great people to see at work every day. I will miss you very much my friend, very much! God Bless you and your beautiful family!

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Gavin Dahlstrom
51 months ago

Very sorry for the loss of Peter Kelly, very inspirational guy and a great member of the community. Prayers to Peter and his Family

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Beth Bartlett
51 months ago

Thoughts and prayers fro Coach Bartlett and family!

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