Robert W. Kelm, 93

Robert W. Kelm, 93Mr. Bob Kelm, of Washington Street in Grafton, formerly of Whitefish Bay, passed away at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton on Tuesday afternoon, April 4, 2017. He was 93 years old. Robert was born on Jan. 26, 1924, in Winona, Minn., son of Walter and Antoinette (nee Trautner) Kelm. The family moved to Milwaukee while he was young and Bob attended local schools. He graduated from Messmer High School with the Class of 1942 before attending Marquette University. Bob proudly served his country in the US Army during World War II before finishing out his degree in engineering at Marquette. He later went on to complete his Masters at UW-Madison.

On Aug. 19, 1950, Bob was united in marriage with Ellen Hendricks at St. John de Neponur Catholic Church in Milwaukee. The couple settled in Whitefish Bay and started their family. Bob worked at Allis Chalmers in West Allis as a Mechanical Engineer, retiring in 1987. Ellen preceded him in death in 2009, and Mr. Kelm moved to Grafton in 2011 to be closer to family. He found a new home among friends at Providence Place. Bob was a former member of Holy Family Catholic Church and St. Monica’s Catholic Church and was currently a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg. He enjoyed singing in the choir at Holy Family, stamp and coin collecting, golf and watching baseball. Bob loved to play bridge and cards, and had liked to play Wii bowling with his friends at Providence Place.

Mr. Kelm is survived by his daughter Lynne (John) Kopp of Grafton, sons Brian (Sheryl) Kelm of Pasadena, Md., and Greg (Linda) Kelm of Bloomingdale, Ill. He is further survived by four grandchildren: Madeline (Brad) Wolters of St. Charles, Ill., Matthew Kopp of Grafton, Nicholas (Katelyn) Kelm of Chicago and Steven Kelm of Iowa City, Iowa; great-grandchildren Mara and Maxwell Wolters, both of St. Charles, Ill., other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ellen, and his brother, William Kelm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church North, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg. Father Tom Eichenberger will preside. The family will receive visitors at CHURCH on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mr. Kelm will be laid to rest beside his wife at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee, with Military Honors.

Memorials are suggested to St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in lieu of flowers.

The Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at