Tahlequah Daily Press

November 19, 2013

Robert “Bob” Allen Kennedy


TAHLEQUAH — Robert Allen Kennedy “Bob” was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Ninnekah, Okla., to Thomas A. and Mary Young Kennedy.

He was the youngest of ten children. He died Friday, Nov. 15, at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 8 days.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the South College Church of Christ.

The family will greet friends on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. To sign Robert’s online guestbook, or leave a message for the family, visit http://www.hartfuneralhome.net/.

The family moved to Pocasset, Okla, where Bob graduated from Pocasset High School in May 1945.

On June 10, 1946, he joined the Army, serving as a military police officer during World War II, and was honorably discharged Nov. 21, 1947.

He attended Cameron College in Chickasha, Okla., and later transferred to Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College in Stillwater, now Oklahoma State University.

He graduated in May 1953, with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He later received his Masters’ Degree and went on to become a county agent in the OSU Extension Service for 25 years, retiring from there in 1976. He served in Muskogee, Cherokee and Washington counties.

In 1983, Bob joined the Primerica Financial Services organization and won many awards and special trips on his way to regional vice president.

On Aug. 8, 1952, Bob married Louise Lynch, and his buddy, Bill Cavin, married her twin sister, Lois, in a double ceremony.

To this union of 31 years were born three children, Robert A. Kennedy (deceased 1954), Ann Kennedy Leatherman and Steve Kennedy. Louise died Oct. 27, 1981.

On January 28, 1983, Bob married Nelda Ruth Honea, who survives him. He is also survived by his daughter, Ann and husband John Leatherman of Pawhuska, Okla.; son, Steve Kennedy and wife Susan of Azle, Texas; grandson Seth Kennedy and wife Chelsea of Parker, Colo.; grandson Robert Kennedy and wife Becky of Oklahoma City; granddaughter Rachel and husband Eric Braun of Little Rock, Ark.; one great-grandson, Blake Kennedy, of Oklahoma City; one sister, Chloie McFall of Houston; many loving nieces and nephews and their descendants, and a host of friends.

As the youngest of 10 children, Bob grew up under many a watchful, but loving, eye. He was mischievous and many are the stories told by brothers and sisters of his childhood.

He was also very resourceful. He learned magic and became a member of the OSU entertainers in order to earn the funds to attend college.

During his years with OSU Extension, he used his magic, along with many funny and motivational stories to become a valued after-dinner speaker. He entertained hundreds of adults or small groups of children equally well.

Bob was a manly man. Hunting and fishing were among his favorite activities and he loved to watch his Cowboys play ball.

He was a loving and faithful husband and father, teaching by encouragement and example throughout two successful marriages.

He became licensed to perform marriages and counseled and performed many successful marriages for family members and friends.

Bob loved people, and he never met a stranger. But of greatest importance, he loved God.

He served God where he lived, using his abilities to teach, both Bible classes and individuals, and leading many people to Christ.

Prior to his illness, he was a faithful member of the South College Church of Christ. He served in many capacities and as an elder for many years.

We mourn the passing of this special man but we rejoice in his victory in Jesus. The family respectfully asks donations be made to the Burnt Cabin Youth Camp in his memory.

Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, (918) 456-8823.