OBITUARY

Charles Robert Kelly II

September 9, 1948October 7, 2020
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Charles Robert Kelly was born on September 9, 1948 in Oakland, California and passed away on October 7, 2020 in La Mesa, California and is under the care of El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley.

Funeral Service will be held on October 16, 2020 at 10:00 am. Committal Service will be held on October 16, 2020 at 11:00 am at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA.

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Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020

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  • Committal Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020

Memories

Charles Robert Kelly II

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Garth Ewen

October 15, 2020

I will always remember my Uncle's JOVIAL laugh. I remember the time we spent camping as kids at the Kern River and learning how to wash dishes with sand. Also when Uncle Rob counseled Paul and I when we used to fight and defy.
A real solid memory is when he lifted Paul up by his hair when he mouthed off to him; I can still see that tongue being clenched by his teeth and lips and hearing him exclaim to Paul a few times, "are you done, are you done!" Don't think he mouthed off anymore after that: IMAGINE THAT!! Many memories of him being there for Paul, Myself and Mom growing up, and some of those times when he had to take care of some of the men in Mom's life that weren't treating us right. Uncle Rob could be quite stern at times and rigid with his rules, but I knew and know that his Big Heart was in the righteous place with every intention. He spoke his mind and loved his family, and I will Miss Him. We all know though that he is up there now with God, Grandma, Grandpa, Pop and all our lost loved ones in the family and probably preaching in Heaven to anyone passing by or caring to listen. I Love You Uncle Rob!!!! For Carol and Guy and all the Sons, always cherish the memories: They Never Fade!!!!!!!

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Robbie 2 mo. old. Taken Nov 9 1948

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Rob 6 months

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Kelly & Rob

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Aunt Iris and Rob

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Kelly and Rob Honolulu

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Kelly and Frenchy's first car
Austin 1951

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Kelly's and Murphy's
Bainbridge Md
1951

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2 years old
Honolulu

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Robbie 2 mo. old. Taken Nov 9 1948

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Rob 6 months

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Kelly & Rob

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Aunt Iris and Rob

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Kelly and Rob Honolulu

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Kelly and Frenchy's first car
Austin 1951

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Kelly's and Murphy's
Bainbridge Md
1951

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2 years old
Honolulu

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Kelly and Frenchy with Rob and Rick Dec 1949

Biography

Charles Robert Kelly II
Charles “Robby” Kelly II was born September 9, 1948, in Oakland, California at the naval hospital to Charles Robert and Frances Marie Kelly. He received his brother, Richard, on October 3, 1949, and sister, Shirley, on June 12, 1953. Robby was instrumental in helping his two siblings make fun with virtually nothing as the family came from meager beginnings and money was always tight. Robby, accompanied by brother Ricky found plenty of mischief and trouble such as attempting to make skateboards from metal skates that Shirley was "very happy" to lend them. In high school, Robby excelled at sports but his true love was on the dance floor. He was amazingly agile and graceful! After high school, Robby enlisted in the Navy serving 3 years.

He met Roberta Lee Stephens, and they were married on July 17, 1970, in La Mesa, California. From this union his eldest son Charles Robert (Guy) Kelly III was born.

At 30 years old, Robby met the man who changed his life: Dr. Otto Reese, a preacher from El Cajon. Robby’s plans changed course after this deeply meaningful introduction, and he attended college to study Psychology and Biblical Studies. Robby would forever credit Dr. Reese for changing his life for the better.

After graduating, he pursued his Ph.D. and committed his life’s work to serve the east San Diego communities through evangelism. His work with troubled youth and adults earned him several commendations.

During this time, he met his wife Carol Lees and sons, Daniel Lees and Jason Lees, as they were jumping off the roof of the church where he was an associate pastor. Soon after, the pair were married on November 17, 1984, and welcomed two more sons, Sean Kelly and Patrick Kelly. Continuing to serve his community by using the tools he learned early in life, Robby served as the Inmate Services Manager for the San Diego Sherriff’s Department, focusing on rehabilitation and substance abuse battles.

Robby moved his family to Campo, California, and instilled a love of country life and a strong sense of right and wrong in his sons, always holding a high standard for them. They enjoyed annual camping trips to the Sequoias where they ran, fished, and swam the days away. Robby loved watching his sons run cross country and play football. He was well known and well heard for 12 years in the stands as he cheered for his sons. He was proud to never miss a game. Robby relished being a grandfather, often seen sitting in his favorite chair with a grandbaby on his chest.

Robby spent the last years of his life enjoying time with his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and his sister Shirley Wright. He fought a long battle with Alzheimer’s while maintaining his characteristic sense of humor and never running short on stories to tell. Charles Robert Kelly II fell asleep in the Lord on October 7, 2020, leaving behind 4 sons, 11 grandchildren, brother Richard Kelly, sister Shirley Wright and his beloved wife Carol Kelly. He was preceded in death by his cherished son, Daniel Lees.

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