Robert Dennis Kelly

October 16, 1948September 30, 2019

Robert Dennis Kelly (Bob) was born on October 16, 1948 to Arthur and Marguerite Kelly in Seattle, WA. Bob was raised in Ballard, and graduated from Ballard High School in 1966. On May 8, 1970 Bob married Mary Jean Fishbourne from Cashmere, WA. They resided and raised their children in Ballard until March 1997 when they moved to Shoreline, WA where he lived and passed away on September 30, 2019. Bob is survived by his wife Mary Jean (Jeanne), daughter Sheila Kelly, son Rob Kelly, daughter-in-law Ani Kelly, granddaughter Addison and grandson R.J., as well as his three brothers, Doug (Joy); Mike (Sharon); Jim (Cheryl) and a multitude of nieces and nephews, cousins, and extended family.

After military service, his career path included years in the automotive industry where he worked as a technician, owned his own business, was a Service Manager/Director for various dealerships, Ford Motor Company and his final career for the Seattle Fire Department as Chief Warehouser.

His hobbies included cars, winemaking, travel - both domestic and international - and home projects. Bob was the ultimate weekend warrior. He always had a project going on - building a new deck, creating new items for the house, yard, children or grandchildren. He deeply enjoyed creating and looking at something he had used his hands to make. Bob enjoyed so many things in life, but family was number one. When asked what he would like for his birthday, he would always say “just time with my family.”

Bob was a humble man, and yet he leaves a giant legacy. He had a deep and enduring faith in Christ that began in his youth, but grew into maturity throughout his life. His faith shaped him, allowing him to live a life of honesty, fairness, and integrity. His quiet and gentle personality embraced others right where they were without judgement; creating a place of safety for so many. Ultimately, he leaves a legacy of love that impacted countless people that will have ripple effects throughout eternity. Bob had many titles in his life. He was a son, a brother, a friend, an uncle, a husband, a father, and a papa (he truly enjoyed this title!). And no matter your connection to him, those that knew Bob, know that he truly loved well.

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 5, 2019


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Alan and Marlene Caple

October 4, 2019

We first met Bob when our home group started years ago. He, along with his wife Jeanne, were amazing hosts for a group of about 20 people. Bob always led in prayer before we had the evening meal we shared together, and he was always getting things ready, or helping someone park their car in the driveway. He was always positive, always helpful, always caring. Heaven has received him with open arms. As they say, our loss is heavens gain. Bob will be greatly missed by our group. All of us are so thankful that we met him, loved him, prayed for him, and admired him.

Penny Stone

October 4, 2019

There is a feeling of great loss in the world as we see Bob leave us and take his gracious spirit to Heaven!! Look out Heaven, you will know when his there! My fond memories of Bob as the Chief Warehouser is that he was kind, generous, and could make any problem I was having with my equipment go away!
He could fix anything and he did not hesitate to fix it right away! He did not believe in delaying any of us to do our job!
Thank you to the Kelly family for letting us have him for we too the better people to know him!!!
Penny Stone

Becca Krebs

October 4, 2019

Bob Kelly, our cousin, was (still is!) a giant, gentle spirit. A man with so many good qualities the list could go on and on -- kind, loving, humble, patient, honest, ethical, diligent and responsible in all his actions, devoted to helping any family member in need. He did so much for us. He's home now with our Lord in heaven.

Jeremy Weber

October 3, 2019

What can I say? I married into this family 26 years ago. Bob was my wife's uncle, but Bob made it clear from the time I married into the family, he was my uncle Bob and I was his nephew. Family meant the world to this man and if you asked about his immediate family, you better have an extra hour because he would give you in detail the play-by-play. I hope someday I will be just half of the husband and father he was. Im so glad that because of his and my faith in Christ, we will see each other again. Praise Jesus! Bob, love ya bud!