October 17, 1937 ~ April 7, 2020

Born in: Connor, Maine
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Robert “Bob” Gerald Kelso, age 82, of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away Tuesday morning, April 7th, 2020, surrounded by his family at his home. Bob was born in Connor, Maine on October 17th, 1937. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Susie Harris Kelso, and his three children: daughter Kristina Kelso Steffey (Scott) of Lawrenceville; Kathryn “Katie” Kelso Bratlie (Kurt) of Dacula; and Gerald “Jerry’ Robert Kelso of Dunwoody. He is also survived by his sister, Theresa “Terry” Jones of Fernandina Beach, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was lovingly referred to by his beloved grandchildren as “Papa.” They were some of his favorite people on the earth. They include grandsons Shane Steffey, Samuel Steffey, Tristan Steffey, Jacob Bratlie, and granddaughter Maria Bratlie.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Robert Kelso; mother, Annette Chasse; and sister Pamela Kelso Knighton.

Bob was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Bob and Susie met in Miami, Florida and were married Valentine’s Day in 1969. Bob was an avid slalom water skier. He owned a ski boat that he affectionately named “Susie Q”.

Bob worked as a telecommunication engineer contractor for over 50 years. Besides working in the metro Atlanta area, he also worked for many years in Texas, the Virgin Islands, Saudi Arabia, Chicago, just to name a few.

Bob also was an avid golfer, gun enthusiast, and was a big fan of Johnny Unitas. He was born in Maine but was a proud adopted Texan.

Due to our current climate of “social distancing”, a memorial service will be held at a later date at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.

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  1. CandleImageUncle Bob held many titles; husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, brother-in-law, uncle, friend, coworker, and mentor just to name a few. To me, I will always remember him as an encouraging, steady, and non-judgemental influence in my often hectic life. He would always ask me what’s new in my life, then would always brag about either Krissy as a wonderful mom, Katie with her young family or her job, Jerry with his career or his house, Shane with his lacrosse or college, or Sam and Tristan doing well in school. He would rarely allow our conversations to focus on him. He loved his family and adored Aunt Susie and how well she took care of him even when he wouldn’t tell her. I will miss his encouraging words and mischievous smile.

  2. CandleImageI just learned of Bob’s passing. My heart is hurting for you all. I am so very sorry for your loss! Bob was a wonderful man. He loved his family very much. They were his world. Prayers for peace and comfort.

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