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Former NTEA president Kelley dies at 80

Robert E “Bob” Kelley, president of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) from 1971-72, died April 13, 2002, at St Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids IA from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was 80.

Born May 6, 1921, in Assumption IL, Kelley served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II and was a highly decorated B-17 bomber pilot. He and his first wife, Betty, owned New Method Equipment Co, for which he served 25 years as president. Kelly retired to Lisbon IA in 1988 and married Merry Cooper Goldberg there in May 1991.

Survivors include his wife, Merry; a sister, Jeannie Rhines of O'Fallon IL; and numerous nephews and nieces. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Koenig Body & Equipment president dies

Philipp V Koenig, president and chief executive officer of Koenig Body & Equipment in Moline and Peoria IL, died April 20, 2002, at Methodist Medical Center in Metamora IL. He was 58. Born Sept 3, 1943, in Moline, Koenig began working for Moline Body Co there in 1962. In 1981, he purchased the company and served as president of Koenig Body & Equipment until his death. He also was a member of the National Truck Equipment Association.

Koenig's first marriage was in 1964 to Carol White, and he later married Barbara Cassens in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons and one daughter; and their families. Memorials may be made to St Jude Midwest Affiliate.

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