Robert George “Spark” Kehres

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Thursday, May 19, 2022
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Knights of Columbus Hall
110 Kibler Street
New Washington , Ohio 44854

Friday, May 20, 2022
11:00 AM
St. Bernard's Catholic Church
422 W Mansfield Street
New Washington , Ohio 44854

Robert George “Spark” Kehres went home to be with our Lord and his loving wife, Connie, on May 14, 2022 at the age of 86.

Bob is survived by his six children: Kristi (Rex) Manship, Colorado Springs, CO; Randy (Peggy) Kehres, New Albany, OH; Kimberly (Tony) Kehres – Melbourne, FL; Ric Kehres, Louisville, KY; Natalie (Robbin) Kehres, Columbus, OH and Todd (Deanie) Kehres, Shelby, OH.

In addition, he is survived by 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 4 brothers — Gerald, Ben, Ken and Frank and 1 sister – Theresa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie; parents, Louis and Genevieve (Heydinger); brothers Carl, Danny and Fritz; his daughter-in-law Renee Kehres and grandson Kyle Kehres.

Bob was born in rural New Washington on one of the family farms on June 29, 1935. He was a 1953 graduate of New Washington High School and worked most of his life at The Mansfield Brass and Aluminum Corp. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as a past Grand Knight.

In addition to volunteering at Willard Mercy Hospital for many years, Bob was also a member of the Toledo Diocese Cursillo Movement.

Spark was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns. He also bartended at Cranberry Hills and loved being a grumpy old man to anyone who would let him.

A Celebration of Life (in lieu of calling hours) will be held at the the K of C Hall from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 19th, 2022. We will pray the rosary and have a short prayer service before at 5:30 p.m. if you wish to join us.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church on Friday, May 20th, 2022 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Frank Kehres officiating. Concelebrating priest will be Fr. John Missler with Deacon Bruce Alge assisting. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice in Spark’s name. Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting


Dave & Heidi Hawblitz - May 20, 2022
Our condolences go out to Sparks family for your loss. We always had a great time playing golf together. RIP Sparks.
Sharon Kaple - May 20, 2022
May you find comfort that your dad and mom are together with God!
Barb McKinley - May 20, 2022
For the family of Spark, his siblings, inlaws, relatives and friends. We are so sorry about the death of our loved one. It is with much regret that we have to miss the prayer service, calling hours and the funeral mass, to help send him home to God, Connie and the Communion of Saints. Spark was a wonderful brother-in-law to us and we loved him much. How thrilled he must be to meet his dear wife, Connie, never to be separated again. May God bless and comfort you tomorrow and all the days to follow. With love and prayers, Barb and John McKinley
Larry kimmel - May 19, 2022
Deepest sympathy to all family and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers Larry and Mary Kimmel
Neal kaple - May 19, 2022
I'm sorry to hear lost of Spark. Have many great memories of him as child and out at the hills. My prayers to the Kehres Family and friends..
Carlos Denny - May 19, 2022
Did not know Spark, but if he was like all the other Kehres family members, a fine man. Would have been a classmate of my brother George, class of '53, at Tiffin Calvert. Prayers for all.
Keith and Erika Kresina - May 18, 2022
Sending our deepest sympathies for your entire family, and lifting prayers for peace and strength.
Tami Young Hecht - May 18, 2022
I have known Spark all of my life. I grew up 2 doors down from he and his family. Cheech was in my class and Kim and I became best friends. Spark was a little crusty at times but I think its because he had to keep Puff in line. Spark always had a smile on his face and he always greeted me w the salutation REDHEAD!! He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his kids and their families. He and Connie are together again.
Michelle & Sue - May 18, 2022
Ladies, we are so sorry for your loss. Wishing you much strength, belief and fortitude during this difficult time. Love you both!
Fr. Jason Kahle - May 18, 2022
My deepest condolences and sympathy for the loss of Sparky. May he rest in peace in God's heavenly kingdom. And may God bring comfort, peace and strength to your family. Please know I will remember Robert on the altar. Praying for you as you pray for me!
Jim Wechter - May 18, 2022
To the entire Kehres family: Spark was a New Washington staple figure that no one will forget. No matter how stern he was, he always left you with a smile and a laugh. My sincere condolences to all of you.
Fr.Steve Blum - May 18, 2022
To Frank and Sparky’s family: sorry that I cannot join you at this sad time but please know of my sincere prayers for comfort, peace, and healing for all of you! May he rest in the loving arms of his gracious God! 🙏🏽🌷❤️
Sisters Barbara Davis and Karen Elliott - May 18, 2022
We have many fond memories of gathering with the Kehres family. Bob’s dry sense of humor always brought a chuckle. Bob and Connie’s love for one another and their deep faith were always evidenced in their words and actions. We pray that your faith, sacred memories, and support for one another will give you comfort and peace.
Elaine (Carrier) Bockbrader - May 18, 2022
My dad, "Pat" Carrier (who died in 1965) used to enjoy golfing with a very young Sparky! Perhaps there is golf in Heaven!!? Please accept my sincere condolences on your recent loss.
Steve & Peggy Cler - May 18, 2022
Rest in peace Sparky! What a fantastic guy that we loved seeing when we visited New Washington. A classic "cool Dad and Grandpa" that will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to all the family.
Dave and Jenny Kehres - May 17, 2022
Randy, We were so sorry to hear about your dad. Our deepest sympathies to you and your Kehres family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Karen Alt - May 17, 2022
To all of Spark's children and family. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. He was always such a fun person to be around. I hope you can find some comfort knowing he and Connie are together again. May he rest in peace.
Neil & Jane Pifher - May 17, 2022
Our sympathy to the Kehres family
Ellen Chamberlain - May 17, 2022
Thinking about you all…May you find some peace in that they are united again!