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Paul Edward Jolly

May 3, 1940 ~ September 6, 2020 (age 80)


Paul Edward Jolly of Salem, Indiana passed away peacefully on September 6th after a six month battle with cancer.

Born May 3, 1940, he was the son of the late L.G. and Doris (Cotton) Jolly.

Paul grew up in Rockport, IN, attended college at University of Evansville and Indiana University, was a US Navy veteran, and lived most of his adult life in Salem, IN.

Paul married Margo (Heilig) Jolly on June 1, 1968 and raised two boys, Andy and Todd.  Paul enjoyed teaching for 35 years at Salem High School and Salem Middle School.  He also coached football and golf and always had endless stories of his past students and athletes.  Paul was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church.  His passion for fishing, which started with his brother on the Ohio River as kids, led to Paul’s ‘second career’ in competitive Bass Fishing.  He fished more tournaments that we could count, won quite a few, and started a successful tournament circuit, The Hoosier Open.  His fishing career culminated this year in being nominated as one of only 17 people in the Indiana Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.  Paul also worked at Ski Paoli Peaks as a part time ski instructor for more than 40 years and was still teaching lessons up to last year.  One of his greatest joys was sharing his passion for fishing and skiing with his grandchildren, whether on Lake Patoka, Colorado, or Lake Tahoe California.  

Paul is survived by his wife Margo, sons Andy (Avis) & Todd (Olivia), and brother John (Shirley). Paul is also survived by 4 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family asks you please consider a donation to the Washington County Community Foundation in his memory (1707 N. Shelby St., Ste. 100, Salem, IN 47167 or at  

A visitation will be held at Dawalt Funeral Home in Salem, IN on Thursday, September 10th from 4 - 8pm.  The family requests masks be worn and social distancing maintained.  

A private family funeral and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery will be held at a later time.


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September 10, 2020

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dawalt Funeral Home
204 East Market Street
Salem, IN 47167

Private Family Funeral Service and Burial

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