Robert Q. “Bob” Kelly Sr., 94, of Omaha, Nebraska, and formerly of North Riverside, died on Sept. 28, 2016.
Born in Chicago on April 3, 1922, he was raised in the city and initially attended the University of St. Mary of the Lake intending to become a priest, but he became severely ill with tuberculosis.
A priest suggested that he look into getting a degree related to libraries. He received his master’s degree in library sciences from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest.
After that he pursued a law degree from DePaul University, where he was a librarian, and finished second in his class. He became director of DePaul University’s law library in 1950.
From 1964 to 1973, Mr. Kelly was a village of North Riverside trustee and a law professor at DePaul. He spent much of his free time volunteering and supporting the American Heart Association and other causes.
Mr. Kelly is survived by his children, Mary (Al Marcault) Kelly and Bob (Traci) Kelly Jr.; his grandchildren, Sarah (Joey) Kielion, Robby Kelly III, Sean Kelly, Trevor Kelly and Kaitlin Kelly; his great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Jonah and Camilla; many nieces and nephews; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth C. Kelly (nee Monaco); and his son, Joseph Kelly.
Visitation is on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. until the time of a noon chapel service at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.