• Born: December 25, 1962
  • Died: October 17, 2017
  • Location: Brook Park, Ohio

A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes

18149 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Tel. (440) 260-8800

Tribute & Message From The Family

ROBERT KELTY age 54. Long Story, short… Big Bob was the "Jack of all Trades!" In one day-he could paint a house, plant a garden, fix a hole in the pool, stain the deck, tell 20 detailed stories and ride his bike 25 miles with time left to eat a whole gallon of ice cream!

He had a heart of gold, he lived for his 3 boys, he turned to God for guidance, he would drop what he was doing to help others all while fighting a number of demons for the majority of his life. He wanted nothing more than to lead a sober life and prove to everyone "he could do it". He was a compassionate and loving father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.

Left on earth to mourn his absence is his former spouse and forever friend Julianne (nee Russo), sons Robert, Vincent and David. Siblings Sharon, Judy O'Leary (late Colm), Cindy (George), Jimmy (Laura Ann) and Dawn Plogger (Bobby). In laws, Mark, Rosalie, Michelle (Marty), Monica ("T"), Chip (Kathy), Honorable John J. Russo (Karen), Amy (Domenic) and Christa (Charlo). A host of nieces and nephews, cousins, sponsors and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the family would be appreciated.
Mass of Christian Burial, St. Colette Church, Monday October 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM. (EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH BY 10:15 AM) Final Resting Place Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends received Sunday 1 – 5 PM at the A. RIPEPI AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HIEGHTS, OH (West of I-71)



Condolence & Memory Journal


My thoughts and prayers go out to all of your family at their time of loss. R.I.P Robert.

Posted by Marlena Gonzalez - Bakersfield, CA - Friend   November 02, 2017

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sandra Chaffee - Lakewood, OH - Family Friend   October 28, 2017

So sorry to hear this. He was taken so young. Prayers to his family.

Posted by Paula Bokisa - Cleveland, OH - Acquaintance   October 23, 2017

So Sorry for your loss may God bless you and your family. I am a co-worker of Judi O'Leary at Cleveland Municipal Court.

Posted by Joyce Moore - Cleveland, OH   October 23, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Evette    October 23, 2017

Worked with Robert at Ques for five months,he was always ready to help and man what a worker. I,m going to miss him calling me half time and Nick part time. He will be greatly missed. Rest now Robert.

Posted by Don Hopp - Olmsted Twp., OH   October 22, 2017

May God be with all of you in this time of sorrow

Posted by Thomas ostromek - Brookpark, OH - Friend   October 22, 2017

You helped me out in ways that you didn't know you did. I remember a basically good guy. Rest in peace, Robert. You've earned it.

Posted by Matthew Klinkovsky - CA   October 22, 2017

We (the Zachea family) are very sad to learn about Robert's passing. Please know we will keep the family in our prayers and thoughts

Posted by Jeanne Zachea - Las Vegas, NV - Family Friend   October 21, 2017

Bob was an ole friend..a co-worker, a boss, and at one time , my landlord, was good knowing him, and was fun to be around. You will be missed!

Posted by Robert Carper - Cleveland, OH - Friend   October 21, 2017

Long time friend over the years.You surely will be missed. May God bless your family and give you all strength through these hardships. Will be praying for family.

Posted by Robert Carper - Cleveland, OH - Friend   October 21, 2017

I met Kelty the same day I met my husband that was 35 years ago. He was sitting on the front porch of his parents house. He was always a wonderful person to me. At our house we use to keep a large container of sour warheads just for him. He would come over and reach up on top the fridge and grab a handful. I pray now that Bob can finally rest in peace. Sending love and prayers to Julianne, Robert jr, Vincent and David.

Posted by Mechelle Carper - Cleveland, OH - Friend   October 21, 2017


My deepest sympathies Julianne for you and the boys. I am so very sorry for your loss. Love, peace and hugs to all of you. R.I.P. Big Bob.

Posted by Liza Kotlarsic - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   October 21, 2017

I have such fond memories of Robert as he attended our softball games to support JulieAnne & any team we played for, as teenagers. Many years later, i would see him often, having been mutual friends of Dr Bob & Bill Wilson. The demons are real & stalk their prey, waiting to pounce if we aren't paying attention to recovery. I'm so sorry for your loss Julie. I wish I had words of comfort for you and your children. May you somehow find peace knowing he no longer suffers.

Posted by Elizabeth (Bess) Follen - Westlake, OH - Friend   October 21, 2017

Sorry for your loss❤

Posted by Tonya Emahiser - North Baltimore, OH - Friend   October 21, 2017


May God comfort each of you during this very sad time.
Rest in peace Robert no more struggles.

Posted by Ima Friend - OH   October 20, 2017

Sorry for your loss. Robert was a great friend and a great guy. I will always remember meeting up with him at church during our teenage years. Great memories.

Posted by Ken Baumeister - Canton, MI - Friend   October 20, 2017


Robert was always a clown in school. He knew how to make someone laugh when things weren't really right. I called him Rob once and he told me his name was "Robert" and I told him my real name is "Robert" but I prefer to be called "Jay". That was when we became friends. RIP Buddy! May God let you look down to your family and guide them, and let them know you are close. Your struggles are over now my friend...until we meet again!

Posted by Jay Meng - Cleveland, OH - Friend   October 20, 2017

Julianne. This is Jim Mullen ( friend of your Dad Charley Russo. Deepest condolences on the death of Robert. I remember him well and am praying for him and you and your children.

Posted by Jim Mullen - Bay Village, OH - Friend   October 20, 2017

Rest In Peace my brother

Posted by Phil Costanzo - Brunswick, OH - Friend   October 20, 2017

Prayers forcomfort and peace of mind.

Posted by Pamala Rapier - Cleveland, OH - Classmate   October 20, 2017

We all gained an Angel. You'll be terribly missed, my friend.

Posted by Lori Swenski - Parma, OH   October 20, 2017

Very influential and forever memorable in my formative years.If nothing else,Robert always had my respect and adoration,and always made time to give me his attention .One Day,this Robert will meet up with him again.Peace to Jimmy and the whole Family

Posted by Robert(Bobby) McLaughlin - Winterhaven, FL - Friend   October 19, 2017

Prayers to all who cherished Robert. May God comfort you and through the blood of Christ extend His mercy.

Posted by Michele DiQuattro - Rocky River, OH - Family Friend   October 19, 2017

One of the important and influential people of my formative years.From one Robert to another,may we meet again someday.Peace to Jimmy,and the whole Family.

Posted by Robert (Bobby) McLaughlin - Winterhaven, FL   October 19, 2017

We met in 3rd grade and he was high energy, a math genius candy lover, and the most fun you could have in school. My most sincere condolences to the families. XOXOXO

Posted by Lisa Marchese - Cleveland, OH - Friend   October 19, 2017