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Robert E. Kellems

August 25, 1927 - September 29, 2017

MUNCIE – Robert E. Kellems passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Westminster Village.

He was born August 25, 1927, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of James and Mabel Kellems and Bertha Stillabower Kellems (who raised him after Mabel died) and graduated from Ben Davis High School in 1945.  He was happily …READ MORE

MUNCIE – Robert E. Kellems passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Westminster Village.

He was born August 25, 1927, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of James and Mabel Kellems and Bertha Stillabower Kellems (who raised him after Mabel died) and graduated from Ben Davis High School in 1945.  He was happily married for 66 years to the love of his life and best friend, Virginia Hoppus Kellems, who passed away in April 2017.

Bob went into the Navy to serve his country in the last year of World War II.  He returned after his service to get his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at Ball State University.  It was there that he met and married Virginia, and they began their family of four children. He taught speech and hearing for several years, and then was called to the ministry.  While serving Onward Christian Church as pastor, he received his masters’ in theology from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, and resumed his teaching career in English in the local schools.

In 1966, he moved his family to Muncie and began teaching first at Southside High School and then Central High School till his retirement in 1985.  He also served as the pastor of Cowan Christian Church for over 20 years and continued to serve that church as elder and volunteer until his death.

Education was his passion. He served on the Muncie Community School Board for two terms and as Chairman for one of those terms.  He also was instrumental in setting up and operating the Corinth School, a working replica of a one-room schoolhouse, used for student field trips and historical events. Bob traveled all over the United States and the world, and enjoyed history, especially Indiana history.  He found home architecture of Midwest dwellings interesting, and he rarely needed a map or directions anywhere in the state, as he knew most all of the historic sites and was more than happy to tell you the associated stories. Bob was not only well known in Muncie because of his work in the education field, but also for his mentoring, and his love for people of all ages. He spent much of his time with family and friends, giving them wisdom and advice, and helping them with their goals both professional and personal.  Bob was always available to those family and friends for his sage advice, and he rarely went anywhere that he didn’t run into someone whose life had been touched by him in an inspiring manner.

Survivors include his children, Deborah L. Blanke, Angela L. Hartley, Rebecca Brentlinger, and John Kellems (Duane Johnston); grandchildren Chelsea Carson (Ben), Jordan Brentlinger, Colin Hartley, and great grandson Cayden Floyd.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Russell and William, and his sister Mildred; and his parents.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Cowan Christian Church, 9600 S. Colfax Street, Muncie, with service immediately following at 1:00 p.m. (Pastor Larry Delaney officiating).  The church will be serving refreshments after the service for family and friends.  Memorial contributions may be directed to his favorite charity The Corinth School, c/o the Delaware Chapter of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Muncie Area Career Center, 2500 N Elgin St, Muncie, IN 47303, or to Cowan Christian Church, 9600 S. Colfax Street, Muncie, IN 47302.

The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.

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