Robert C. Keairnes

September 21, 1964 - April 25, 2021

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Thursday, May 06, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Thursday, May 06, 4:30 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Robert C. “Bob” Keairnes, 56, of Kendallville, Indiana, died Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

He was born September 21, 1964, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Ronald and Carma (Reardon) Keairnes.

Mr. Keairnes had worked for LandRail Construction Company in LaOtto.

Bob enjoyed hunting, trapping, and fishing. He especially loved to hunt mushrooms.

Surviving are two daughters, Brittney Keairnes of Fort Wayne and Cheyanne Keairnes of Fort Wayne; his mother and stepfather, Carma and Bill Witwer of Tampa, Florida; a stepson, Nathan Combs of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren, Quinten Keairnes and Landon Meek; and his long-time companion and fiancé of 25 years, Toby Lockhart of Kendallville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Keairnes.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Billy Fields of Liberty Freewill Baptist Church in Wolcottville officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family is suggesting that face masks be worn, but they are not mandatory.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the funeral home for funeral expenses.

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Fran Sparrow
April 29th, 2021 12:59pm

I really didn't know Bob that well but I would hear stories about him. Of how kind he was and all the mushrooms he would find. I know you (Toby) have been together for a long time. My heart goes out to you! I know your loss of him will be very hard. But trust in God that you two will be together again.

Jennie & Rob Hiatt
April 28th, 2021 2:15am

Bob was a sweet and caring fella. He always had a good story & a lot of character. Our deepest symapthies to Aunt Toby, his family and friends. He will be missed.

Jim Rusmisel
April 27th, 2021 8:09pm

Bob was my neighbor for past 11 years. He always kept an eye out for us when we were gone, made sure house was safe. We had a lot of good talks. He was probably a little crazy, but in a very good , kind hearted way . It’s not gonna be same around here without ya bob, damnit . Don’t cuss everybody out up there and I’ll see you sometime later.. and I always appreciated your little care packages, thanks bud

Rick Stevens
April 26th, 2021 11:23pm

Bob was with my sister,(Toby) for quite a few years and even though they weren't married he still was my brother in law. He was a very kind, loving guy who was very generous and would do everything he could for a friend or loved one. I'm going to miss him and hopefully if it's God's will I'll see him again in Heaven. R.I.P. Bob.

Karen Rodman, James Smith,
April 26th, 2021 9:41pm
Auburn, IN

You were always a good friend!! You will be missed!! RIP!!