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Robert "Bob" Kelly

Nov. 27, 1929 - June 24, 2023

Bob's life journey began Nov. 27, 1929, born in Spokane, WA, to Joseph & Louise Kelly. He joined older brother Bill. They enjoyed fishing at Newman Lake while growing up together.

Bob graduated high school at Gonzaga and joined the Coast Guard. Stationed in Plymouth, MA. In 1948, he met Marge Pinto, his soon to be forever wife, they married in 1949. They were married 63 years until Marge's passing in 2012. They had four children, daughter Debbie & John Mountain of Finley, WA; and three sons, Bob Jr & Debbie of Pasco, WA, Pat & Debbie of Lewiston, ID, and Kent & Brenda of Colton, WA. At last count, Bob had 14 grandkids and 52 great grandkids.

Bob spent his work career as a banker, ag lender and business consultant. He retired in 1993 from USBank. He made several trips to Eastern Europe as a member of President Reagan Administration's U.S. Envoy Team as a financial consultant assisting former Soviet controlled countries understand the free enterprise system. He felt he made a positive difference.

Bob loved gardening & fishing, making multiple trips to Neah Bay with his good friend Jim Storey of Pomeroy. He truly excelled at any type of woodworking and carving. Many of his projects are cherished by family members. His ultimate passion was running. He started in his late 40's-tossing out cigarettes and tying on his shoes. In time he was running full marathons and participated in many local fun runs. A typical Sunday outing took him from his home in Pomeroy to the Alpowa Summit rest stop where he'd turn around and run home.

The last 5 years, as a resident of Evergreen Estates in Clarkston, Bob could be seen most every day walking around the Tri-State complex. Many were amazed by his energy.

There will be a private family gathering to celebrate Bob's life at St. Gall's Cemetery in Colton.

A special thank you to the great staff at Evergreen Estates for taking wonderful care of our Dad. He loved everyone there.


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