SALISBURY - Robert E. "Bob" Kelley departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 as a resident of The Village at Harbor Pointe in Salisbury. Born in Delmar, Del., he was a son of the late James E. and Kate D. Kelley. Bob was a past town commissioner of Sharptown and served the town for eleven years from 1974 to 1985. He was a member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities including Sunday School Superintendent. He was also a member of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Delmar, Delaware. "Bob" was a Thirty-Second degree mason and member of Roelma Lodge No. 206 in Sharptown and Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Salisbury and Baltimore. He was a charter member of Delmar VFW Post No. 8276, a member of the American Legion Dor-Wic Post No. 218, the Sharptown Lion's Club and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, Salisbury Lodge No. 817. Bob served his country during WWII aboard a Navy destroyer in the South Pacific where he attained the rank of quartermaster third class. After WWII Bob returned to the DuPont Nylon Plant where he was hired in 1939 in the first group of employees. At the time of his retirement in 1983 (after more than forty-three years of service) he was a maintenance procurement specialist. He was preceded in death by his son, George Barry Kelley in 1991; and his wife of 36 years, Betty H. Kelley in Jan. 1997; also a sister, Ruth Kelley Draper; and brothers, Jim, Charles, Alfred, Francis and Bill. He is survived by two daughters, June Atwood of Blades, Del. and Susan Elliott of Laurel, Del.; and grandsons, Robert M. Kelley of Selbyville, Del., Andrew B. Kelley of Bethany Beach, Del. and Timothy D. Hastings and his wife, Liza of Delmar, Del. Bob is also survived by a very dear and loyal friend and devoted companion, Shirley M. Freburger of Salisbury, Md. A Masonic service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, followed by funeral services. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Stephen's Cemetery in Delmar. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be sent in Bob's memory to either Roelma Lodge No. 206 A.F.& A.M., 203 Church Street, Sharptown, MD 21861 or St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, 101 E. State Street, Delmar, DE 19940. Arrangements are being handled by Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com
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Published in NewsZapDE on Feb. 8, 2013