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Robert J. Kellie

January 17, 1929 — January 6, 2020


Robert “Bob” J. Kellie, 90, of Winamac passed away peacefully at 12:30 a.m., Monday, January 6, 2020 at his residence.

Born on January 17, 1929 in Monroe, Michigan, he was the son of the late Edward F. and Cleo (LaFountain) Kellie.

On August 6, 1950 he married Joyce Betz in Adrian, Michigan.  Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War for 2 years in which he was stationed in Germany, then 3 years of active reserve.

In 1967 Bob and Joyce moved to Winamac.  Bob was honored to receive the Quilt of Valor in 2016.

He received a degree in Industrial Management and Metallurgy and retired from Emerson (McGill Mfg) on January 1, 1993.

Bob was a member of the Winamac First United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger days and enjoyed gardening and reading.  Bob had also made wallets, belts and even gun holsters out of leather that he hand carved and sewed.  You may have also known him for decorating those famous sugar cookies the Kellies were known for.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Kellie of Winamac, daughter, Elizabeth McClure of Winamac, grandchildren, Lindsey (Brent) Ropp, Ashley (Zachary) Armstrong, Jessica (Richard) Thompson, Amber (Steven) Thompson and Susan Stotler great grandchildren, Lexi, Nathanial, Jackson, Leo, Rylan, Skylar, Jonathan, Michelle, great nephew, Steve (Lori) Kellie and special friends, Connie J., Barbara R. and Carol Z.

He was also preceded in death by son, Michael William Kellie, grandson, Michael William Kellie, Jr. and 2 brothers and 1 sister.

A Celebration of Bob’s life will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in Winamac with a luncheon following also at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church and/or Guardian Angel Hospice.

Please sign Bob’s online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Kellie family at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Harrison Chapel, 304 S. Chicago St., Royal Center.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Robert J. Kellie, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Monday, January 13, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church (Winamac)

201 East Spring Street, Winamac, IN 46996

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