Robert Kelly Kremer, 62, passed away peacefully after suffering the effects of a stroke. He was surrounded by his family and was sent up the stairway to heaven while listening to some of his favorite tunes.
Kelly was born Jan. 15, 1955, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Hazel and Joe Hughes (later remarried). Much like his oldest daughter, Kelly was the oldest and wisest of his siblings (he would tell you).
He was an adventurist and would spend many days and nights exploring outside. He loved the mountains of Utah and would net many fish over his life and lose a fair amount, as well.
Kelly grew up in many places, including a stay in American Samoa. He settled in California during his high school years and would graduate from Orange High in 1973.
Shortly after high school, Kelly would serve an LDS mission to British Columbia, Canada. Upon getting home, he swept the love of his life off her feet and married her in the Los Angeles Temple in 1977. They remained married for nearly 40 years until his death.
Kelly had a brilliant mind. He was quick witted and never short on humor. He loved good literature and was well versed. He would author a novel in the 80s, “The World Roars Faintly” combining many of his talents.
In addition, he loved music. His love of music would culminate with a radio show on KRCL radio where he would “Touch the Earth” for several years. Whether or not he was playing some Irish folk music or rocking out to Emerson Lake and Palmer, he knew music and instilled a healthy love of music in his family.
Kelly always had a desire to fly and would serve many years on the Utah Civil Air Patrol. His fascination of flying was nurtured in his early life through his grandparents, who trained military pilots and ran multiple air strips in Utah. Kelly had the privilege of introducing his grandparents into the Utah Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014.
In spite of all of his many talents and abilities, his greatest pride and joy was his family. Kelly and Vali are the parents of six children and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Hazel and Bob Kremer and Joe and Joann Hughes, as well as his brother, Ken. Kelly is survived by his wife Vali and their children, Emily (Emory), Jesse (Jesi), Nicholas (Natalie), Jenny (DJ), Serenity and Brianna, as well as his sisters: Christy (Eric), Natalie (Ken, deceased) and Brothers, Matt (Tisha), Jim (Kathy) and Jeff (Karen). He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews who adored him.
“Ou te alofa ia te oe.”
A celebration of life will be held for Kelly on Friday, July 28, at 11 a.m. at the LDS chapel located at 4551 S. 1200 East in Murray Utah, 84117. Friends and family may call at 10 a.m. Condolences may be left at Larkin Mortuary by visiting their website at larkinmortuary.com/obituaries.