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DEEM, Robert Kelly age 74, formally of Brookeville, Indiana, passed peacefully and went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Avalon by Otterbein in Middletown. He was born November 29, 1939 in Neon, Kentucky the son of Edgar Deem and Alta Walters Deem also born in Kentucky. Kelly was a father who loved his children with all his heart and is survived by two daughters, Sherry (Jerry) Sunderhaus of West Middletown, Georgina (Joe) Appelman of Middletown; two sons, Ricky Deem of Camden, Edgar "Bubby" (Laurie-Jeannette) Deem of Springboro; he felt blessed and was the very proud "Paw" of seven grandchildren, Kelly (James) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Anthony (Aimee) of Liberty Township, Brad (Becky) of Middletown, Jacklyn of West Middletown, Gabrielle, Abigail, and Megan all of Springboro; he had one great grandson that was the light of his life, Esox of Wisconsin; his siblings meant the world to him and loved them dearly, he had three brothers, Albert "Jabo" of Germantown, Donald (Norma) of Middletown, Jonathan of Colorado Springs; one sister, Wilma Brewer of Monroe; and one sister-in-law, Faye Deem of West Elkton. Kelly had many loved ones that went on to Heaven before him, but they always lived on in his heart & memories. He was preceded in death by two wives, Jackie (Jackson) for 37 years and Laura (McKnight) for 9 years; his parents; two brothers, Darrell of West Elkton and Donald Briscoe of Middletown; one sister-in-law, Nancy Deem of Germantown; two sisters, Vivian Arrowood and Lois Ann Deem both of Middletown; and one nephew, Rocky Deem. Kelly retired from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters' and Joiners of America Carpenters' Local Union 113 and built many of the well-known buildings and landmarks in the tri-state area. Kelly enjoyed boating, waterskiing and was an avid fisherman for most of his life. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Kelly's love will remain with us and ours with him in the cherished memories we share, that will never fade so we will never be more than a thought apart and so the love itself will live on in our hearts. Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, December 6, at the funeral home, with the Rev. John Moore, Rev. Brian Brewer and the Rev. Wayne Amburgey officiating. Burial will be at the Woodside Cemetery. Following the graveside services, the family will receive friends at the Loyal Order of Moose, Loge 330 in Trenton, Ohio. A guestbook is available at www.breitenbachfuneralhome.com
Published in Journal-News on Dec. 4, 2013