Robert Kelly, 79 - May 30, 2014Robert “Bob” Anthony Kelly, 79, of Gothenburg died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Bryan LGH Hospital in Lincoln.
Services will take place at the First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. Interment will be conducted at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
A register book signing will be at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Tuesday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with family members present from 5 to 8 p.m.
Kelly was born at Chicago, IL, on Aug. 12, 1934. As a youth he enjoyed playing many sports, especially football, basketball and ice hockey, according to family members.
During the Korean War, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving with the military, he moved back to Chicago and married Margaret Brzoska. To this union, four children were born.
In the 1980s, after working as a proofreader and copy editor for R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company for over 25 years, he moved to Albuquerque, NM, where he met Nanette Bates. The couple were married at the First United Methodist Church in Gothenburg on Aug. 5, 1989. After a honeymoon in Europe, they moved to San Diego where a daughter was born.
In 1991, Kelly and his family moved to Guam where they lived for five years. They then moved to Gothenburg in 1996 where he resided until his death.
?He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
?Kelly and his wife enjoyed traveling, golfing and playing pool together, said the family.
?He was preceded in death by: his parents, Mary and Paul; his son, Gregg; a brother, Henry; his sister, Evelyn; a brother-in-law, Charlie.
Survivors include: his wife of 24 years, Nanette Bates of Gothenburg; his daughters—Mary Kay (Frank) Grimaldi of Naples, FL, Jayne (Joe) McCauley of Pawleys Island, SC, and Karina Kelly of Omaha; his son, Mike (Denise) Kelly of St. Louis, MO; three grandchildren—Robert (Justine) McCauley of Huntington, NY, and Brendan and Nicole Kelly of St. Louis, MO; a great-grandson, James McCauley; his sister, Therese Coan of Three Oaks, MI; mother-in-law, Arlene Bates of Gothenburg; brothers-in-law—Bill (Jill) Bates of Neligh and Chauncey (Rosie) Bates of Gothenburg; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the North Platte VFW and Eagles Club.