Bruce Kelly Sr.

Obituary of Bruce Robert Kelly Sr.

Bruce Robert Kelly, 77, lost his battle with ALS on August 8, 2023.  He was born August 6, 1946 to Leo and Dorothy Kelly in Brooklyn, New York.  He grew up in St. Louis, MO. This is where he met the love of his life, Georgianna Cundiff in 1966. Bruce then joined the United States Navy.  He served in the Navy until 1967 and was honorably discharged.  Bruce and Georgianna had 5 beautiful children.  They have been residents of Loveland since 1972. Bruce worked for Bell Systems and AT&T for 46 years.


Bruce, throughout the years, made hundreds of friends playing softball, hunting, fishing, and camping.  There wasn’t a trip he took his family on, wherever in the country, that he didn’t spot a friend in the airport, or made new friends along the way.


Bruce was diagnosed with ALS in 2014.  Although the first few years were challenging for him, he powered through his illness and made each and every day important to him and everyone around him.  He traveled the neighborhood in his wheelchair, visited with everyone, and even got out of the house to go to thrift stores with his sister, attend March Madness pools, and attend Ducks Unlimited or Elks Foundation banquets. He loved attending local car shows with Brian and Sadie as much as he could.  Bottom line – he wanted to spend as much time with friends and family regardless of where they lived in the US as much as he could because as he would say, “Tomorrow is never promised”.


Bruce and Georgianna attended St. John’s Catholic Church and made many lifelong friends throughout the years who are still his best friends to this day.


He loved animals, and had many dogs over the years, and even helped others bury their animals when they came to the end of their lives.


He never missed a baseball, football, track meet, soccer game or dance performance for his grandchildren if he could help it.  He collected many treasures throughout the years and loved sharing them with others.


Bruce will always be remembered by his amazing smile, the gift of knowing your name, and knowing everything you last told him about your life.  He had a passion for gift giving, and a way to love everyone every day and greet every person he met along the way.  He was the epitome of a family man, and gave every ounce of his soul to his wife, kids, grandkids, great grandkids and friends. He will be forever missed.


Bruce is survived by his wife of 56 years, Georgianna Kelly, son Bruce (Stephanie), daughter Denise Beaman (Brian), son Brian (Sadie), daughter Jennifer Baxter (Todd), and son John (Sarah), grandchildren Kyle (Becca), Andrew, Alec, Aaron, Teagan, Sloane, Brynlee, Leah, Nora, Kendra, Hannah, and great grandchildren Kaedence, Rae Lynn, Grayson, Carter, and Joseph.  He is also survived by his siblings Diane Kelly, Loretta Ray, Mary Ann Romans (Steve), Theresa LaCroix (Alan), Regina Robillard (Steve), Eileen Jones, Leo Kelly, Kevin Kelly (Blanca), Dorothy Goldstein, and Christine Danielewitcz (Tim).  In-laws Juanita Burke (Lon), George Cundiff (Peggy), David Cundiff (Dora), Patty Cundiff, Molly Bonde (RC), Ronald Cundiff (Joyce), and Barbara Price (Matt).


He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Dorothy Kelly, in-laws George and Barbara Cundiff, grandson Joseph Kelly, brother Wayne; in-laws Raymond Cundiff, Kevin Cundiff, Chad Cundiff, nephews Robert Emmons, William Webb, Nicholas Goldstein, and nieces Karee Bonde and Rose Kelly.


Visitation and viewing will be held at Viegut Funeral Home on Sunday, from 2-5 PM.  Rosary will be held at 10:00 AM Monday August 14 at St. John’s Catholic Church and Catholic Funeral Mass following at 11:00 AM.  Following the mass will be a luncheon at St. Johns until 1:30 PM, and internment following at Resthaven Memory Gardens.  A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held at Bruce and Stephanie’s home immediately following internment. 


In lieu of flowers, Bruce has requested donations to the ALS Foundation, the National Right to Life Organization, or St. Jude’s Research Hospital in his beautiful memory.



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