Robert Francis Kelly, 87, Elk River

Robert Francis Kelly of Elk River, MN, son of Arthur and Rose, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the age of 87.

He was born June 16, 1925, in Simpson, MN, graduated from Rochester High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946. Robert retired after 37 years from the Chicago Northwestern Railroad in 1987, and farmed from 1967 until 2011 in Simpson, MN where he grew up.

Robert is survived by his wife, Ina; four daughters, Barbara (Lynn) Moeller of Minnetonka, MN, Catherine/Kitty of Plymouth, MN, Colleen (Kris) Kareti of Albuquerque and Diane (Robert) Weikle of Shakopee, MN; and six sons, Timothy (Debra) of Laurel, Maryland, Michael (Elaine) of Big Lake, Steve (Nancy) of Erie, Colorado, Jerry (Melanie) of Chanhassen, MN, Robert (Fern) of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and Kevin (Peggy) of Brighton, Colorado. He was the grandfather of 14 – Ben and Alexandra Moeller, Christine (Dean) Singley, Matthew (Michelle), Melissa (Kenny) Kamper, and Rachel, Tracy, Mikayla (Tim) Sager, Michael, Courtney and Nick, Ryan (Amy) and Jena, (Bryan) Hartley and Luke. He was a great-grandfather of 12 and great great-grandfather of four. He is also survived by his sister, Rosella Bernard of Chatfield, MN and his brother, Vincent of Rochester and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jesse Jensen.

Viewing will be held on Friday, April 26 from 3-7 p.m. at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, MN. Robert will be interred April 27 at St. Bridget’s in Simpson, MN following a 1:00 p.m. Mass.