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1934 Robert 2024

Robert Edward Kelly

May 3, 1934 — March 9, 2024

Robert Edward Kelly, bid farewell to this world on March 9, 2024, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, leaving behind a legacy of adventure, laughter, and love. Born on May 3, 1934, in Galesburg, Illinois, Robert lived a life marked by a deep appreciation for nature, family, and the simple joys of existence.

Robert was a man of the outdoors, finding solace and joy in the vast expanse of nature's beauty. Whether it was casting his line into a tranquil lake, stalking game through the woods, or honing his marksmanship skills, Robert was happiest when immersed in the great outdoors. His love for hunting and fishing was matched only by his adoration for his loyal canine companions who accompanied him on countless adventures.

A true aficionado of culinary delights, Robert's prowess on the grill was legendary among friends and family. His passion for smoking meats and sharing a meal with loved ones brought people together in joyous celebration. Paired with a glass of bourbon or a cold beer, Robert's barbecues were not just meals but cherished memories in the making.

Robert's infectious laughter filled every room he entered, bringing warmth and levity to those around him. His patriotism ran deep, proudly serving his country in the Army and cherishing the freedoms he fought to protect. A seasoned two-stepper, Robert could often be found twirling across the dance floor with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. In addition to his many passions and accomplishments, it's important to note that Bob achieved a remarkable feat at the age of 64: earning a Black Belt in Taekwondo. His dedication to martial arts exemplified his lifelong commitment to self-improvement, discipline, and perseverance.

An avid competitor, Robert excelled in the art of 45 pistol shooting, demonstrating precision and skill that earned him admiration among peers. His passion for firearms extended beyond the range, as he meticulously reloaded his own ammunition, embodying the spirit of self-reliance and dedication.

Beyond his love for the outdoors and marksmanship, Robert cherished his family above all else. Survived by his son, Ray Kelly, Ray’s mother, Carolyn Leach along with grandchildren Mia Pottorff and great-grandchild Roxi Pottorff. Robert is also preceded in death by his stepson, Greg Lonon. Robert's love and devotion knew no bounds. He found joy in sharing adventures with his loved ones, whether it was traversing the rugged landscapes of Montana and Canada or embarking on a memorable journey to Ireland with his son.

In his quieter moments, Robert found serenity by the shores of Hudson Lake, indulging in the tranquility of RV trips and leisurely boat rides. His passion for jug fishing brought him moments of reflection and contentment, surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Robert's memory will forever be cherished by his significant other, Jane James, and the countless lives he touched with his kindness, laughter, and unwavering spirit. Though he may have bid farewell to this world, Robert's legacy of love, adventure, and camaraderie will endure for generations to come.

In honoring Robert's memory, let us raise a glass in celebration of a life well-lived and a soul that touched the hearts of many. Though he may be gone, his spirit lives on in the laughter of loved ones and the beauty of the world he so dearly cherished. Rest in peace, Robert, and may your spirit continue to roam the vast expanse of nature you held so dear.

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 16, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Schaudt's Tulsa Funeral Service Chapel

5757 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK 74145

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