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Robert Kelm

July 19, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - Robert P. Kelm, 92, passed away at 1:25pm, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Vista Center.

Mr. Kelm was born November 14, 1919 in East Liverpool, a son of the late Carl and Minnie (Mix) Kelm.

A graduate of East Liverpool High School, Robert worked as a contractor, specializing in historical restoration. Some of his projects included restoration of the Spread Eagle Tavern, the Log Buildings at Beaver Creek State Park and in Fredericktown, and his last project, overseeing the restoration of the covered bridge on the Greenway bike trail.

He was a member of the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church; the Wilfred J. Clunk VFW Post 4111; the John J. Welsh American Legion Post 275; and the 40&8 club. He was also a former Lisbon Village councilman, and member of the Lisbon and Columbiana County Historical Societies.

Mr. Kelm was a Purple Heart recipient, having served in WWII on the second wave of the D-Day, Normandy Beach landing.

His wife, Ruth Eleanor (Nold) Kelm, whom he married April 6, 1947, preceded him in death December 28, 2004.

He is survived by his daughter, Deanna Ruth (Steve) Kelm Danner of Lisbon; sons, Warren Edward Kelm of Malvern, Brian Robert (Kathy) Kelm of Plymouth, Michigan, and Jon Bradley (Jackie) Kelm of Charleston, South Carolina; daughter-in-law, Sharon Kelm of Cincinnati, sister, Ellen Kelm Waring of Blaine, Washington; grandchildren, Eugene and Daniel Imhoff, Jim Kelm, Betsy Marsolan, Erin Kelm, Jon Robert Kelm, and Carly Street; great grandson, Ronan Marsolan; and his caregiver, Martha Householder of Lisbon.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Kelm was also preceded in death by his son, Dr. James Samuel Kelm; sister, Minnie Kelm Lees; brothers, Herbert and Carl Kelm; infant brothers, Ralph and Raymond Kelm; and grandchildren, Julie and Ryan Imhoff.

The family will receive friends from 11am to 1pm, Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home. No funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home. A funeral procession from the funeral home to Lisbon Cemetery will follow the calling hours and a Military Honor service will be conducted in the Lisbon Cemetery Chapel.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Lisbon Landmark Foundation, 120 North Market Street, Lisbon, Ohio 44432.

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