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Robert Kehl

Robert J. Kehl, 78, of Dubuque, died at home on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Funeral services were held July 6 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, Dubuque, with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, where military honors were accorded by American Legion Post 6 of Dubuque.
Robert was born Sept. 10, 1934, in Dubuque, the son of George and Christina (Wild) Kehl. Robert graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1952 and attended Loras College. He served our country in the U. S. Army. Robert married Ruth Ann Kurtz on Aug. 6, 1960, in East Pleasant Plain.
Work was a lifelong hobby for Bob. He started his first business at the age of 18 and had 27 different businesses throughout his career. Some of his most notable accomplishments were the creation of the riverboat tourism industry in Dubuque, culminating in the creation of Iowa’s modern day casino industry. He received numerous accolades for his accomplishments, including the “National Small Business Person of the Year Award” from the Small Business Administration in 1986 presented by President Reagan at the White House.
in Dubuque, culminating in the creation of Iowa’s modern day casino industry. He received numerous accolades for his accomplishments, including the “National Small Business Person of the Year Award” from the Small Business Administration in 1986 presented by President Reagan at the White House.
Besides his entrepreneurial spirit, he was a true philanthropist at heart and served on numerous boards. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, the river and spending time with his family. They will miss him greatly.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth; his children, Robert A. (Tina) Kehl of Fulton, Ill., Tina (PJ) Anglin of Hazel Green, Wis., Cyndi (Rick) Winter of Clinton, Dan (Leslie Funk) Kehl of Solon, and Kevin (Barb) Kehl of Dubuque; two brothers, William (Mary) Kehl of Dubuque and George Kehl of Santa Clara, Calif.; and two sisters, Lucille Eccher of Tulsa, Okla., and Catherine May of Denver, Colo.; and grandchildren.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
A Robert J. Kehl memorial fund has been established.