Robert Kelly

Robert J Kelly

Monday, February 21st, 1944 - Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
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Robert J. Kelly

Robert J. Kelly, age 75, of Bridgeport, NE and formerly of Sidney passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019 in Bridgeport. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, October 11, 2019 in the Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home in McCook with Pastor Rodney Heilburn officiating. Inurnment will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook. Cremation has been held. You may view Bob’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel to sign Bob’s register book and drop off condolences for the family.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC and Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home are in charge of Bob’s care and funeral arrangements.
Robert James Kelly was born February 21, 1944 at McCook, NE, to James Raymond and Helen Julia (Schmid) Kelly. He attended a rural grade school and graduated from Red Willow High School. Bob was united in marriage to Sharee Schick at the Methodist Church in Curtis, NE on August 30, 1966. Bob and Sharee were divorced in 2000.
Bob’s college years included attending McCook Jr. College receiving an A.A. Degree, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Education, Agriculture Economics and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and Adult Education. He raised certified seed wheat to finance his college education. .
Bob’s work started as a Vocation Ag instructor and Wrestling coach in Howell and Central City, NE. He then worked as a Fieldman, Merchandiser, Operations Manager, Grain Division Manager and Branch Manager at Coops in Omaha, Grand Island, Wood River, Eddyville, Ord and Sidney, NE. He was an active Member and chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Grain and Feed Dealers Association. He participated in Mission Work Camp in Costa Rica in 1988 and Mission Study Tour in Nicaragua in 1990. He established a large customer base and customer calling program that resulted in major origination of grain for elevators and cross-country programs at Crossroad Coop, establishing a farm to market concept of trading corn in feedlots, customer marketing classes to increase patron’s knowledge in marketing and special programs with Union Pacific Railroad to initiate shipping large volumes of grain. He was active in Toastmaster’s for (4) years, was President of the Ord Chamber of Commerce, and was a past-chair of Social Concerns Committee at Hastings Grace United Methodist Church, Loup City United Methodist Church, and Rushville United Methodist Church.
Bob’s hobbies and interest included being with family, friends, restoration of classic cars, motorcycle touring and collecting art prints.
Bob is survived by (3) daughters, Kim Rios of Lexington, NE, Mary Svedlinka of Crete, NE, Brenda Kettler of Albion, NE; (1) sister, Gwen Miller of Culbertson, NE; Caregiver of 13 years, Barbara Schlieker, (14) grandchildren, (10) great-grandchildren, and (3) nieces. Bob is also fondly and respectfully remembered by many friends, co-workers in all the places he lived and worked.
He was preceded in death by (1) son, Mark Kelly and (1) brother-in-law, Don Miller.
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  • Service

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 10:30am
    Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home
    305 West C Street
    McCook, NE 69001
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    Pastor Robert Heilburn
  • Interment

    Memorial Park Cemetery
    W J Street and W. 14th
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Jo Lynn Schick

Posted at 11:13pm
Family, Food and Fun!!!! Every memory I have brings a smile to my face, and warmth to my heart!!! Rest in Peace Bob!!!! Peace and Comfort to your family and friends!!!

Jo Lynn

Gary Ernesti

Posted at 09:56pm
Bob was one of my favorite teachers and became one of my best friends. He was someone who pushed be into areas that I would never have ventured into. I had Bob as a teacher for 2 years. I did okay in his class especially since we drove in his convertible to a neighboring town for ice cream for our final exam. Bob encouraged me to attend McCook Junior College and try out for the football team. I had never heard of McCook but decided to go because Bob said McCook was "God's country". Even tough I didn't play in a game it was an experience that I will never forget. Bob got me into wildlife art. The walls of my house are covered with it. Bob convinced my wife and I to go snow skiing in CO. That was 45 years ago and we still ski and have a time share condo in CO. Bob tried many times to have me join him at Sturgis for the annual bike rally. I always declined until he convinced my 16 year old son to join him. There was no way that was going to happen so I went too. We stayed in tents and experienced an event that one cannot describe. Bob was right you have to experience it and I did 10 different times.
But one of the best things Bob did for me was to help me get my first real job after graduating from college. It resulted in a 39 year career in a profession that I knew little about but loved doing.
I will always be grateful to Bob and will greatly miss him.
Gary Ernesti

Sharee Johnson

Posted at 06:39pm
Wayne Bos
Many good memories of Bob. The finger painting portrait in Columbus. Duck hunting by Central City. The lime green mustang. The JC wrestling tournament in Crete. There are more, but these stick out in my mind.

Tim Gubbels

Posted at 03:56pm
Sorry for your loss.
Bob was my mentor on the NE Feed and Grain board
A great man , leader and buddy

Tim and Ebbie Gubbels

Mary Svajdlenka

Posted at 01:40pm
Jeff Friesen's Memory
I'm so sorry for your loss, Mary. I loved your dad. There are so many memories that I have of him that are good. Here's one.
I bought my first truck from him. It was a 1980 two-tone Silverado 1500. It had a switch on the dash. Your dad asked me if I knew what that switch was for. I said "no."
"Here's how that switch works," he said. "You're driving around with your girl around the country roads and you find a nice secluded spot and pull off the road. You turn the truck off, scoot a little closer to your girl, and flip that switch."
"What happens," I asked.
"Nothing." And he laughed.
That was Bob. I will be praying for your family.

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