1st Iowa Casino Licensee Dies; Ties to Burlington
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) _ A former Dubuque cafe owner who was granted the nation’s
first riverboat gambling license has died.
The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reports that 78-year-old Bob Kehl died at home on
Wednesday morning shortly after being released from a local hospital.
Kehl and his wife, Ruth, made headlines in 1990 when they were granted an
historic riverboat gambling license. They launched the Casino Belle, a
2,000-passenger boat from the port of Dubuque, a year later.
Kehl was also founder and president of Kehl Riverboats, which built and
renovated 13 floating casinos.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview funeral home says a visitation for
Kehl will be held Friday at the Kehl Center at Clarke University.