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Robert (Bob) Dana Ceely

August 14, 1936 ~ May 09, 2023

Robert (Bob) Dana Ceely of Vero Beach, FL, 86, passed away peacefully on May 9th, 2023 at the VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach surrounded by his family. Bob was born on August 14th,1936 in Jersey City, New Jersey to William and Janet Ceely. After High School, Bob and his parents moved to Vero Beach, FL.

Bob possessed an engineering mind and excelled in math while at school. He always enjoyed working with his hands. After high school he worked as a mechanic before eventually moving on to construction. With his entrepreneurial spirit, he started his own construction company, Bob Ceely Construction, Inc. Bob had an eye for detail and believed that any job worth doing was worth doing right. If you ever had the honor of working with him, he would share his knowledge of construction, valuable life lessons, and wisdom gained from a long life.

Besides construction, Bob loved corny jokes. He always had a corny joke or pun that was guaranteed to get an eye-roll or a laugh. He was an avid model train collector, coin and stamp collector, and loved genealogy. His love of genealogy allowed him to find family members all around the world.

Bob was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Vero Beach. During Covid, he helped set up his Sunday School class on Zoom so they could meet and encourage each other.

He is survived by second wife, Carole Ceely of Vero Beach, FL; 5 adult children and their spouses, Michelle Ceely of Thomasville, NC; Kim (Glenn) Orndorff of Vero Beach, FL; Robert (Jaime) Ceely Jr. of Vero Beach, FL; Brian (Ellen) Ceely of Gibsonville, NC; and William (Michaelyn) Ceely of Long Beach, CA; his older brother, Warren Ceely of Bellevue, WA; and 2 nieces and 5 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Janet Ceely; and his first wife, Brenda (Folds) Asafaylo.

In his final days, Bob was surrounded by family and close friends. He always tried to keep a brave face and you could still catch a twinkle in his eye. Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. We will cherish our memories of him and the time we got to spend with him forever.

His family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers of Hospice and the VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach for their support of Bob and the family during his last days. His family also wishes to thank the people and staff of First Baptist Church of Vero Beach and Cornerstone Christian Church for their love and support.


Annie Lathim Bellis

May 26, 2023, 8:05 pm

Please accept my deepest condolences.

Millie Portante

May 26, 2023, 11:36 pm

Deepest sympathy. I will miss our “elbow” handshakes each time I saw him. Hugs to everyone.

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