Robert William Kelch
1930 - 2020
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KELCH, Robert William

90, passed away June 8, 2020 due to Covid-19. Born in Dwight, Illinois in 1930 to Edwin and Helene (Jensen) Kelch, he graduated from Plainfield High School, married his high school sweetheart, Rita Mae McClarey Powell, and enjoyed a marriage of 65 years. Highlights of his career as land surveyor include the position of Chief of Parties at WPC and OPW, receiving the Surveyor of the Year award, then running his own business until the age of 78. A member of Christ Church United Methodist for nearly 60 years, he served in many capacities and was a mainstay as an usher. His favorite activities were golf, cards and Silver Sneakers. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; his brother, John and sisters, Anna Simpson and Verna Behrens. He is survived by his 101 year-old sister, Marjory Ogg; his daughters, Christina (Laurence) Lebovitz, Karen (Terry) Keeney and Vicky Kelch; his grandchildren, Andrew, Alexa and Benjamin Lebovitz, Megan and Melissa Keeney and great-granddaughters, Skylen and Lilith. Loved and respected, he will be dearly missed.

Since he was a regular plasma donor for many years, memorial monetary or blood donations in his name are welcome at any Red Cross blood donation center. Contributions may also be sent to his church (, where his family will hold a private ceremony in the Memorial Garden.

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Published in Arizona Daily Star on Jun. 21, 2020.
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June 23, 2020
I worked with Bob at WPC from 1971-1974 and he was always a gentleman.
Mark Bowen
June 22, 2020
What I learned from my father, is that there is something to be said for a quiet life, grounded in simplicity and the discipline of routine. The ability to eliminate clutter, both internal and external, provides the freedom to live each day with clarity. Be true to yourself, be honest, right or wrong. Be open, learn and grow, give meaning to your words, find humor whenever possible.

Still working on some clutter here, but thanks to you, with the confidence that I am enough. Ill miss our time together, comfortable with or without conversation, and without agenda. Youve shown me what it is to live in peace, so now, may you rest in peace. You will be missed!
Vicky Kelch
June 22, 2020
Dear Karen and Family,

Please accept our condolences in Mr. Kelchs passing.
Dave & Debbie Cole
June 21, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Susan Schildmacher
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