Bob Kelty, 87

Korean War Vet, former State's attorney

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Robert K. "Bob" Kelty, 87, of Oak Park, died peacefully on Sept. 15, 2019. A Korean War veteran and former Cook County State's attorney, he had a private law practice in Chicago for over 25 years and retired early in order to devote his time to reviewing death penalty cases. 

His greatest passion was service to others, volunteering at a homeless shelter, tutoring elementary students and adults in reading and math, and working each summer at the SHARE Foundation Summer Camp Program for other-abled adults in LaPorte, Indiana — even enlisting his friends and grandchildren to join him. He also enjoyed the beach, bicycling, and tennis. 

 Bob Kelty was the husband of the late Patricia (née Matimore); the father of Robert (Andrea), Anne (Timothy) Sullivan and Beth (Dale) Angus; the grandfather of Jacquie (Jon), Max (Maddie), Kayla, Kelty and Hayley; and the brother of Mary Strudeman and the late Jack Kelty. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. at Oak Park's St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SHARE Foundation with Handicapped Inc., P.O. Box 400 in Rolling Prairie, Indiana 46371 or 

Arrangements were handled by Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home.

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