Robert (Bob) Wayne Kelley, 78, of Hagerstown, Maryland passed away on Wednesday November 14, 2018. After bravely fighting dementia, he died peacefully within his family’s home in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania with his beloved family by his side.
Robert was born on December 27, 1939 in Boston, MA to Ellen M. Kelley.
As a very young man he enjoyed working at a local mechanic shop in Boston and quickly developed a strong work ethic.
At the age of 17 years old, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He worked passionately as an airplane mechanic for 3 years at Andrews Air Force Base. Following his experience, he grew a fondness for airplanes.
In 1960, he moved to the Hagerstown, MD area where he worked at Mack Trucks (Volvo Group Trucks) for 46 years. His strong work ethic evidently showed to his coworkers and family.
Robert loved motorcycle riding and the thrill of any adventure. He loved to be with family and was always up for taking his grandchildren on new experiences and trips. His grandchildren have extensive memories of spending weekends and traveling to unique places with “Grampy.”
He was a strong patriarch of his family, a good friend to all, and a man who would go above and beyond for anyone.
He was a tremendous father and grandfather who always took care of his children and grandchildren and did everything to teach and guide them. His powerful influence positively shaped the lives of his family and his legacy will live with them forever.
Robert was a strong, proud and extraordinary man. He is loved and will be missed by many!
He is preceded in death by his mother and his daughter, Tora L. Kelley. Robert is survived by daughters, Melinda E. Varner (Kelley) of Fayetteville, PA, Annette Hendricks of Knoxville, TN, and Tonya Weatherwalks of Hagerstown, MD; grandchildren, Mariah L. Varner and Haley M. Varner of Fayetteville, PA, Kelley C. Mong of Waynesboro, PA, Kayla Penwell of Hagerstown, MD, Alexa Weatherwalks of Hagerstown, MD, and Natalie Hendricks of Knoxville, TN; great grandchild, Lily Penwell; and many other beloved friends and relatives.
Arrangements were made by J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, MD, and online condolences may be offered at, www.jldavis.com.
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