Robert J. "Bob" Key

July 27, 1933 ~ January 27, 2021 (age 87)


Robert “Bob” Joseph Key, 87, of Freeport, passed away peacefully January 27, 2021. He was born July 27, 1933 in Hazelton, PA to the late Robert C. and Helena M. Gulick Key. 

Bob received a Bachelor of Art in 1955 from Dickinson College. He continued his education at Dickinson graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1957 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. Bob practiced law for over 50 years and was the president/ owner of Key Bellevilles Inc., a firm he built into the largest manufacturer of disc springs in North America. He was also one of the top owners and breeders of champion racehorses in the sport of harness racing. All in all, he was a driven man who was successful in all his pursuits. 

Bob was an adventurer and loved to travel. He was a private pilot and owned his own plane which he loved to fly. He enjoyed activities such as boating, fishing, hunting, telling stories, and watching the Steelers.  Bob was also quite the historian and had a passion for civil rights. Above all though, He was a man who loved his friends and family. 

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Patty; two children, Kathy (Steve) Brown and Rob Key; brothers Richard (Willa) Key and Phillip (Wendy) Key; grandchildren, Steve (Kris) Brown and Jennifer (Brett) Downard; great-grandson Oliver; and Samantha Key along with other nieces and nephews. 

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Kimberly Lynn, and stepmother, Susie Key.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bob to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, PO Box 312, Millstone Twp, NJ 08535.

Viewing will be from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 PM on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 in the Ross G. Walker Funeral Home Ltd., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A private service will be held for family only. Private burial in Greenwoods Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.

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