Robert Stephen Kehrt
"In death a person's life has changed, not ended," so our "Legend" Bobby Kehrt lives on.
Robert Stephen Kehrt, age 79, passed away on November 5, 2019 at 2:05 am at his home in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was the husband of Jo Ann Walker-Kehrt with whom he spent 56 years of marriage.
Born in 1940 in Terre Haute, Indiana, he was the son of Willard and Lillian Kehrt. He graduated from Garfield High School in 1958 and attended Purdue University.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Kehrt; children, Debbie Murphy/Kevin Murphy, Karrie Cress/Craig Cress and Lisa Kehrt; grandchildren, Emily Corbin, Katie Evans/Ty Evans, Rich Cress/Amber Cress, Sarah Wojdyla, R.J. Cress/Rachel Cress and Zach Wojdyla/Kristen Wojdyla; great-grandchildren, Isla, Ava, Summit, Kennedy, Walker, Camber and Jackson; brother, Charles Kehrt/Marge Kehrt, nieces and nephew, Susan Wellborn, Sara Kehrt and Stephen Kehrt; lodge guest, Darrell Peigh; and sister in-law, Lois Peigh, affectionately known as "the tornado."
He will be remembered by many as the "Legend" from the Spencer baseball field to the 1955 Babe Ruth World Series Championship game, where "Bobby the Leftie" was the starting pitcher, and when a once-in-a-lifetime group of schoolyard buddies rode on the fire truck down Wabash Avenue in celebration of their World Series victory. The stories of athleticism, wins and losses will continue to be told but most of all the lessons learned along the journey of sportsmanship, friendship and being a team player will live on forever.
A special heartfelt thank-you to his caregivers, Jean, Casey, Elizabeth, Kelly, Sara and Nicole, and Southern Care Hospice.
His family invites you to join them in a celebration of his life on November 9, 2019, at 3 pm at the Calvary Temple Church, 2100 North 6½ Street, Terre Haute, IN 47804.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club, 924 North 13th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807.
Published on November 6, 2019


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Bill newton
Nov 09, 2019
Enjoyed Bobby in our sport events.He was a fierce competitor who made those who played against him work very hard.sorry to hear we lost an outstanding man .will meet Bobby in heaven shortly.
Kathy Boyer
Nov 09, 2019
JoAnn and Family I was so sad to hear of Bob;s passing, , my heart goes out to you all, I pray for healing and peace.I remember how fun your family was to be around, Bob was witty, he would get that grin going with the joking and all at Marge's but he was kind and respectful and so pleasant just to be around.
I will remember the good times when you all came to Shelbyville, sitting around Mimi's kitchen table..that might be what they are all, Will, Lillian, Mime, Auntie Jo, and the many others that have passed are doing now! Having a popcorn and pepsi party and playing cards! Love to you JoAnn and all your wonderful family!
mike cahill
Nov 07, 2019
Jo Ann
My thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
I'm thankful for the time spent with Bob Monday afternoon.
God bless you all.
Herschell Allen
Nov 07, 2019
Great friend and teammate, you will be missed.
Frank P. Jozsa Jr.
Nov 07, 2019
R.I.P. Bobby. We played on championship teams together in the Babe Ruth League and American Legion. I remember us trying out as pitchers for the Philadelphia Philles and Pittsburgh Pirates in Columbus, Ohio in the summer of 1963. You were a great teammate and respected by coaches other baseball players in the city.
joe buckles
Nov 06, 2019
So sorry to learn of Bob's passing. Always enjoyed recalling our Garfield days and times spent with his dad. Truly a wonderful family. From a sporting standpoint the Wabash Valley has lost one of its finest athletes and true gentleman. RIP Bob
Judy Ketner
Nov 06, 2019
Oh the many years and memories came to mind when I read Bobby's obit. It never gets easier to read of the loss the family feels when this happens....Bob was so special.
Though he's in a "better" place, it can't be easy for JoAnn and his family. My thoughts and love go out to you.
I'll never forget Bob with us in Garfield's Class of '58!