Robert W. Kettering Jr.
Kettering, Robert W. Jr. age 69, of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 22 with his devoted and loving wife by his side and, as he would have wanted, his two favorite daughters soundly asleep upstairs. His wife of 38 years kept the promise she made to him that he would remain at home in the house and neighborhood he adored. Bob has ended his earthly journey with grace and is now playing endless rounds of golf, eating lots of cookies, and telling Barbara Bush a funny joke or two. Bob donated his body to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program in hopes they will find the source of all his bad jokes, and even better, a cure for Alzheimer's disease, the terrible life sentence that robbed him of joyful years and continued accomplishment. Robert is preceded in death by his parents Gloria (Bode) and Robert W Kettering Sr. He is survived by his wife Susan (Foord), his daughter Louise Dann and her husband Eli Olken-Dann, and his daughter Sara Jane. Bob was the oldest of eight, survived by John (Kathy), Patricia, Susan (Joel), Elaine (Tom), Jeanne, Kathleen (Buck), and Lisa. Bob graduated from DeLaSalle High School in 1966, went on to graduate from Princeton University in 1970, and received his Juris Doctorate in 1973 from the University of Minnesota Law School. His nearly 40 year law practice began by joining a small new firm, Arthur Chapman in 1975, and subsequently went on to take hundreds of cases to trial successfully, tirelessly helping to build his beloved firm's prominence as one of the most respected civil litigation firms in the State. One of his proudest professional moments came when he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2010. Bob will be remembered for his dedicated love of his wife, two daughters and son-in-law, family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, the practice of the law, the game of golf, his loyal love of Princeton, DeLaSalle, and his respect for education, his witty sense of humor, and reading at least one page of The New Yorker before falling asleep at night. Not necessarily in that order. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Basilica of St. Mary on Friday, June 8, at 11am, visitation at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter at alz.org/…
Published on May 6, 2018
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