Robert J. ‘Bob’ Kelley III


Robert J. “Bob” Kelley III of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Aug. 29, 2018.

He graduated from Polytechnic High School in Baltimore, Md., where he was a member and president of Gamma Phi fraternity. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Army, serving for three years and earning the rank of Specialist V. After the U.S. Army, Kelley was able to obtain a job at General Motors’ Parts Division as a supervisor and facilitator for 30 years, before his retirement.

During his lifetime, he kept busy by singing barbershop music, and being a member and elected president of the Bay Country Gentlemen in Harford County, Md. While living in Harford County, Kelley volunteered as a coach of Little League baseball, basketball and football.

After his move to the Eastern Shore, Kelley became a member of the Lions Club in Ocean City, Md., fire chief of Ocean Pines, Md., serving as a firefighter, ambulance driver and an EMT-B. He also enjoyed boat ownership and cruising the waters of Ocean Pines and Ocean City.

Kelley later moved to Delaware, where he volunteered for Meals on Wheels and became a member of American Legion Post 28 in Delaware, serving as captain of the honor guard.

Kelley was the beloved husband of Phyllis Stocker Kelley for 58 years; devoted father of Kent S. Kelley; wonderful father-in-law of Anneli Rock Kelley; cherished grandfather of Sean P. Kelley; brother of Karen Lynne Kelley Sturm; uncle to two nieces and one nephew; and is survived by many family members and friends.

A visitation was to be held Sept. 3, 2018, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del. Funeral services were to be held Sept. 4, 2018, at Grace United Methodist Church, followed by burial at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, both in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial donations to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation; 135 Parkinson Ave.; Staten Island, NY 10305, or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memorial and Honor Gifts; P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142; Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.