Robert E. Kehl, Sr

July 03, 1929 ‒ May 30, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Robert E. Kehl, Sr. went home to be with the Lord Saturday evening, May 30, 2015 in Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 85.

He was born July 3, 1929 in Hemlock to parents John Frederick & Eva (Williams) Kehl. After he was graduated from Shawnee High School, Bob proudly served his country by joining the US Army.

At the Coliseum Skating Rink in Mansfield, a beautiful young lady named Bonnie Jean Bringman caught his eye and it must have been love, because Bob gave her the star and cowboy boot from his Cracker Jack box. The pair soon married on November 21, 1949, and together raised four children.

Although he was briefly a Lexington police officer, Bob will be remembered for his work as a finishing carpenter. He built most of Mansfield General, the Columbus and Cleveland airports, and lots of structures and houses around the Mansfield area. He worked more than 20 years for J&B Acoustical. Following Bob’s retirement, he enjoyed driving cars for Spitzer Auto Group and working sporting events for Lexington High School.

Bob loved all sports, but cheered especially hard for the Indians, the Browns, the Cavaliers, the Buckeyes, and the Lexington Minutemen. In younger years, he rode a motorcycle and liked to water ski from his boat in Pleasant Hill. He was a very talented woodworker, and made everything from little carvings to strong furniture which he gave as presents to family and friends. His last big project was a 12 foot tall replica of the old Mansfield blockhouse used in all the area parades for the bicentennial celebration and it won multiple awards. His family and friends will miss his easy going nature, antics, and orneriness.

Bob was a member of Church of Christ in Lexington, the American Legion Post #535 of Bellville, and VFW Post #5101 of Lexington.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Bonnie Kehl of Lexington; three children (& spouses): Diane & Steve Arnold of Mansfield, Suzanne & Jim Irving of Ashland, and Ronald Dean Kehl of Mansfield; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren (with one on the way); one great-great-grandchild; a sister Patricia Stickdorn of Corning; a brother Danny Lee Kehl of Woodsfield; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a son Robert Kehl, Jr., a son-in-law Jack Reeves, and eleven siblings.

The Kehl family will receive friends 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield.

Contributions in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bob’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Bonnie,

    I really enjoyed hearing all your stories today! Bob was talented in so many ways–he will be sorely missed. Remember I’m only a phone call away if there’s anything you need.

    Hannah Snyder
    your funeral director

  • Aunt Bonnie ,
    Sorry tto.hear of Uncle Bob’s passing. Just hold on to all the memories of 65 amazing years. If ever back to Ohio I will look you up.

  • Gma,
    Im so sorry I can not be there for you. Gpa was a man of few words and always had a unique way of showing us all love and support. I only wish I could have made it home sooner or at least had Jack already so he could have met his last great grand baby. I know he is in a better place and loving his new life pain free with our dad and Rob. I also know that he will be looking down and will still have his own funny way of showing me that he is there when we do bring Jack into this world. I can’t wait to see you in July and for this little man to meet you and hear all about his Grandpa’s. I love you Gma and miss you. Brailyn says she loves Poppey and will miss him soooo much and that she loves you and misses you and she will squeeze you to death when she see’s you to help heal your broke heart 🙂 We love you Jaclyn, Brian, Brailyn and Jack

  • My heart and prayers go out to the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kehl when visiting his daughter Diane and grandson Bryan. He will always be in your hearts.

  • Grammy. We all love you and will be here for you. Gramps is in no pain. he’s with uncle rob and uncle jack. We will all see them again and gramps will be playing spades smiling cause he knows he has the last trick. Mom. You did an amazing job stepping up and helping gramps the last Two years. He loved the casino. He loved your visits daily. He talked alot about you and how much he appreciated your help. I truly miss him but the joy of knowing he can walk and sleep it a little easier. I’m sorry I can’t be there but I’d be of know use. I’m not good with funerals and I’m not ready to come to terms yet. I’m sorry for that but gramps would want me here. Love you all. Miss you. Grampy I love you buddy. See you on the other did. SYOTOS.

  • To Bonnie, Diane, Susie and Ron and your families, sending my deepest sympathies for your loss of your beloved Bob/Dad. Words cannot begin to express the sorrow I feel knowing you are all feeling such a profound loss. I enjoying watching the video tribute so much. One of the first pictures of Bob as a young boy reminded me so much of Robbie! I am so sorry I was unable to attend the services yesterday. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely , Carol McNaul Arnett