Robert M. Kelley, 92, of Fort Dodge passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Tompkins Memorial Health Center.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 PM at Corpus Christi Church, officiated by Msgr. Kevin McCoy. Burial will follow at a later date at Corpus Christi Cemetery. A visitation will be Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home, where there will be a vigil at 7:00.
Robert is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Michael Kelley of Hot Springs, AR; Charlotte Kelley and husband Van Garmon of Des Moines; Joseph (Kerry) Kelley of Santa Barbara, CA; Frances Kelley-Kuhrt and husband Keith Kuhrt of Pomeroy; Patrick (Suzanne) Kelley of Eugene, OR; and Peter (Barbara) Kelley of Coralville; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Sr. Jean Kelley of Loretto, KY; brother, Thomas X. Kelley of Fort Dodge; and half-sister, Loy McCrea of Las Vegas, NV.
ROBERT M. KELLEY
He was preceded in death by his parents William "Tom" and Frances Kelley; stepmother, Mary Brady Kelley; and half-brother, James Brady Kelley.
Robert M. Kelley was born February 28, 1920 in Fort Dodge. He attended school at Corpus Christi. He then attended and graduated from Regis University in Denver, CO with a degree in Economics. Robert then returned to Fort Dodge and joined his father and brother at Kelley Insurance. After 44 years in 1988, Bob retired. Robert served during WWII with the United States Navy from 1941 to 1946. During his service he was stationed on the Battleship Mississippi in the South Pacific. He was later commissioned an Officer and was a Radar Instructor at Treasure Island, CA. On October 16, 1943 Robert was united in marriage to Virginia Vittur in Cambridge, MA. The couple then established their home in Fort Dodge in 1946. Robert was a member of Corpus Christi Parish. He served on the Fort Dodge Credit Bureau, The Board of Home Federal Savings Loan, and First Federal Savings and Loan for 34 years. He was also a board member for the Northwest Broadcasting Company. Robert was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Radio Relay League, a charter member of Fort Dodge Amateur Investment Associates, and a life member of theAmerican Legion.
Memorials may be left to Holy Trinity Parish, Fort Dodge Catholic School System, or Trinity Hospice.