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Robert William Kermode

April 11, 1936 — May 22, 2022

Shelby County, Indiana and Henry, Tennessee

Robert William Kermode



Robert William Kermode, 86, of Shelby County, Indiana and Henry, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2022, at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born April 11, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Robert and Charlotte (Roach) Kermode.  He married Velma Maria “Susie” Kleiman, and she preceded him in death in 1978.

Robert is survived by his sons, Robert Jeffery “Jeff” Kermode and wife, Tina, of Fairland, Steven Karl Kermode and companion, Andrea Parker, and Todd Eric Kermode and wife, Brenda, both of Shelbyville; daughter, Beth Noel Riggs of Shelbyville; brother, Art Charles Kermode of Trafalgar; eight grandchildren, Stevie, Megan, Maria, Amber, Melanie, Jarrett, Klancy and Jordon; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to Susie, Robert was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Charlene Burrison Fivecoats.

Robert graduated in 1955 in Livonia, Michigan, and attended University of Georgia for two years, studying sociology and psychology.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Cuban Crisis, as a chaplains assistant.

Robert was a member of and helped in the building of the Risen Lord Lutheran Church in Bargersville.

He retired from Ford Motor Company in 1987, as a Chief Powerhouse Engineer, with 30 years of service.

Robert enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robert also leaves behind his dog, Sue.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 27, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at noon Friday, at the funeral home.

Interment will be in New Palestine Cemetery in New Palestine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240; Shares, Inc., 1611 S. Miller St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or Cancer Association of Shelby County, PO Box 844, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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