1934-2012

Robert “Bob” Kelly died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Regency Park Nursing and Rehab in Carroll.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Methodist Church in Jolley with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery, Jolley.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lampe Funeral Home in Lake City.

Bob Kelly was born on Sept. 20, 1934, in rural Lytton, Iowa, to John Sr. and Dora “Elnora” (Reynolds) Kelly. He graduated in 1952 from Lytton High School where he participated in athletics and was active in FFA being president for two years.

His senior year he received the prestigious Iowa Star Farmer Award. Bob married Barbara Clausen in Sac City, Iowa, on June 27, 1954.

In 1952, Bob began farming with his dad near Lytton. Bob moved his young family in 1956 to an acreage northwest of Sac City where he farmed and milked cows while also working at the lumber yard in Sac City.

In March 1958, Bob and Barb moved to the farm near Jolley.

Bob and his son Russ opened a grocery store/restaurant in Jolley in 1978 called Kelly’s Korner.

The restaurant closed in 1979, and Bob decided to buy the apartments in Jolley and remodel them into a new restaurant.

Kellys’ Kafe opened in June 1980 and remained under the Kelly ownership until 1988.

He then started doing carpentry work for many people in the surrounding communities. Bob was a skilled carpenter. In 2003, Bob officially retired. He was then able to justify to himself more time to fish and play cards. Bob was rarely at rest. The last two years of not being able to walk and just putz around frustrated him a great deal.

Bob was a member of the Jolley United Methodist Church. During the years he worked at Kellys’ Kafe, he and Barb enjoyed many weekend motorcycle rides with his 1978½ Harley.

Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara of Jolley; son, Randy Kelly, Sac City; daughters, Renae (Clay) Frank, Breda, and Pam Kelly (Jon Wiebers) Cedar Falls; grandsons, Chris Kelly, California, Cody (Krystal) Frank, Auburn, Jerrid Frank, Auburn,  Kyle Wiebers, Cedar Falls; and great-granddaughter, Emma Frank, Auburn.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, John “Jack” Jr. Kelly, son, Russ Kelly and infant great-granddaughter, Kirsten Ann Frank.