ST. PAUL - John Robert "Bob" Kelly, 74, of St. Paul died Friday, April 12, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul. The Rev. Ray Kosmicki will officiate.
There will be no visitation. As he requested, he will be laid to rest with a family graveside service in the Kearney Cemetery with his daughter, Rita. Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.
Bob was born Aug. 18, 1938, in Greeley to John and Gertrude (Casey) Kelly. He graduated in 1956 from Sacred Heart Academy. Bob held many positions in his various careers. He was a bank examiner for the State of Nebraska for 20 years. He was a pilot and owned a custom hay business. He was owner-operator of Kelly's Luxury Liner of Kearney. Bob lived in Las Vegas and worked for the State of Nevada. He retired as a DOT officer for the State of Utah.
Since retirement in 2001, Bob has enjoyed traveling, gardening, fishing and especially time with his family.
Bob is survived by his former wife, Marjorie (Hrebec) Buresh of North Bend and their children, Bob and his wife, Cindy, of Kearney and Sherry Clinebell and her husband, Ted, of Sumer.
He is also survived by his wife, Emily (Ashdown) Kelly of St. Paul and three stepsons, Mike and Angela Adams of Rochester, Wash., Cade and Naomi Adams of McGill, Nev., and C.B. (Yvette) Tillery of Ely, Nev.; a brother, Charles Kelly and his wife, Lori, of Las Vegas; two sisters, Mary Ellen and Art Peck of Salt Lake City, Utah and Eileen and Chuck Viator of Iowa Park, Texas; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leo and Gerald and his daughter, Rita.
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Published by The Grand Island Independent on Apr. 13, 2013.