Robert R. “Bob” Kelley

Robert R. “Bob” Kelley

March 11, 1941 – March 28, 2019

Bob was born on March 11, 1941 in Knoxville, Iowa.  For his kindergarten year, he attended a country school outside of Knoxville.  For first through eleventh grades, he attended Carson School.  In 1958 Carson and Macedonia Schools merged.  Bob’s was the first graduating class of Carson-Macedonia, where he met his wife, Verna.  With Macedonia having 300 people and Carson around 650 at that time, he always like to say that he married Verna and moved her to the “big city.”

He joined the Air Force in 1961, and in 1963 Verna and Bob were married by Bob’s grandfather.  They traveled with the Air Force for twenty years before moving to Glenwood, Iowa in 1981 with Bob going to work for Barton’s Solvent in Council Bluffs for the next fifteen years.  Before finally retiring for good in 2003, he drove a school bus for the Glenwood Schools.  After that, Bob and Verna moved to Bellevue, Nebraska where they lived until recently relocating to Millard, Nebraska.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Zola; father, Boyd; son, Mark; sisters: Shirley, Sherry, and Delores; brothers: Norman, Jerry and Garry. He is survived by his wife, Verna; son, Brent (Michele); daughters, Christine (Jerry) and Jill; brother, Darrell; brother-in-law, Homer; sisters-in-law, Jeanne and Claudia; six granddaughters; three great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 31st from 4pm to 6pm at the West Center Chapel.  SERVICES: Monday, April 1st at 11am, West Center Chapel.  Graveside Service and Interment: Tuesday, April 2nd at 11am, Omaha National Cemetery with military honors by Offutt AFB Honor Guard.  Memorials will be directed by the family.



  • Joseph A Distefano Posted March 29, 2019 9:15 pm

    My condolences to the Kelley family. Bob was a true patriot who loved his family. He was an avid golfer with a dry sense of humor who regularly brought laughter to his golfing partners. He will be missed by all.

  • Clayton Marsh Posted March 30, 2019 11:48 am

    My deepest condolences to the Kelley family. Bob was a dear, dear friend and a great golf buddy. I will miss him very much. I treasure every moment that we spent together. He never failed to make us laugh with his great sense of humor. Bob will be missed very much.

  • Clayton Marsh Posted March 30, 2019 11:58 am

    My deepest condolences to the Kelley family. Bob was a dear, dear friend and a terrific golf buddy. He always had us laughing with his quick sense of humor. I will always treasure the moments we had together. Bob will truly be missed by all.of his family and friends.

  • Janet Kennedy Posted March 30, 2019 4:36 pm

    So sorry to hear about Bob. Verna we won’t be able to make it for the funeral but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Aunt Wilda and John and Janet Kennedy

  • Larry & Mary Vance Posted March 30, 2019 5:30 pm

    Our hearts were broken upon learning our dear friend of some 50 years passed away. We will miss him so much. Verna and Christy, know that you both are in our prayers during this difficult time. We have such wonderful memories of all our years together in the military and years following our retirements.. Rest in peace Bob ,you will not be forgotten. We love you all.

  • Carl Seaman Posted March 31, 2019 8:31 am

    A good man, a good friend. He will be missed.

  • Carl Seaman Posted March 31, 2019 1:18 pm

    A good man, a good friend. We will miss his humor and friendship.

  • Mike Kelley Posted April 2, 2019 9:40 pm

    Good bye and God Bless Uncle Bob. You will be greatly missed here on earth, but I will look forward to seeing you and my Dad again on the other side. Aunt Verna – if you are in need of anything please give me a call! Love Mike.

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