Robert Paul O’Kelly of Caro, age 75, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019, at Covenant Health Care – Harrison in Saginaw. Bob was born August 9, 1943, in Caro, the son of the late Joseph and Tillie (Debolski) O’Kelly. He married the former Cheryl McCoon on January 13, 1968, in Redford Township. Bob was employed at Powertrain, formerly Buick, in Flint until his retirement. He was a lifelong member of St. Christopher Parish, Sacred Heart Church in Caro and the Cass City Knights of Columbus Council #8892. Bob enjoyed being with family, watching sports, fishing, traveling, gardening, cooking, and playing cards.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Cheryl O’Kelly of Caro; three children: Marla Carpenter (Cliff Gilliam) of Maryland, Kevin and Vanessa O’Kelly of Caro, and Ashley and Dan Graves of Cass City; eight grandchildren: Justin, Kayla, Gaven, Jacob, Chloe, Amanda (Anthony Delgado), Ammie, and Cliff (Amber); three great-grandchildren: Emma, Ethan, and Sawyer; siblings: Mary Ann Mann, Jeanette and Max Sherman, Bill and Gayle O’Kelly, Joe and Renee O’Kelly, Pat and Joyce O’Kelly, Lorraine Hampel, John and Sue O’Kelly, Sue O’Kelly, Dan and Janet O’Kelly, Patty and Dale Churchill; one sister-in-law, Ann O’Kelly; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by one brother, Ron O’Kelly; and infant, Todd.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at St. Christopher Parish, Sacred Heart Church in Caro with Rev. Jerzy Dobosz officiating. Burial will be at Almer Township Cemetery in Caro. The family was present to receive friends at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the O’Kelly Family Discretionary Fund, c/o Cheryl O’Kelly, 205 West Sherman Street, Caro, MI 48723. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.