Obituary of Robert "Bob" Kenyon
On June 12, 2017, at age 84, Robert (Bob) Kenyon passed on after a two year battle with pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease, the cause of which was unknown. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family who have been with him every step of the way throughout the progression of his illness.
Born in Picayune, Mississippi, in 1932, Bob also lived in Muncie, Indiana, before moving to Santa Cruz with his parents, Art and Ruth Kenyon, when he was 15 years old. His sister, Mary Lou, joined the family a few years later. He attended Santa Cruz High School where he met and ultimately married his high school sweetheart, Pat Willbanks. They happily celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary earlier this year.
Right after Bob married Pat, he entered the United States Navy and served as an Electrician's Mate Third Class aboard the USS Corson. Bob returned home and delivered milk for residential and commercial customers of Meadow Gold Dairies before becoming an agent for The Prudential Insurance Company. He formally retired at age 55 and then decided to put his love of driving to good use by driving near and far to carry out dealer trades on behalf of North Bay Ford.
Bob had a magnetic personality and enjoyed lifelong relationships with many close family and friends. He sang with a men's choral group, the Harbor Masters, and with the church choir as a member of Twin Lakes Baptist Church. He also served on the planning committee for class reunions for the SCHS Class of 1950. Bob and Pat were enthusiastic travelers, including several cross-country trips.
Bob and Pat were delighted to be the parents of three wonderful children, Kathie, Terry, and Steve. Their family has expanded over the years to include spouses of their children, five grandchildren (and spouses), and seven great grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife Pat Kenyon, daughter Kathie Kenyon, daughter Terry Dorsey (Greg), and son Steve Kenyon (Shari). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Amanda Quillen (Matt), Rob Kenyon (Tiffany), Brian Kenyon, Nicole Carl (Ryan), and Meredith (Lucas) Bennett, and by great grandchildren Conrad and Aveline Quillen and Hunter, Reed, Marissa, Trigg, and Emma Bennett. Bob also enjoyed extraordinary, loving relationships with his parents-in-law, Ray and Alberta Willbanks, brothers- and sisters-in-law Max and Rae Sporl and Jim and LaVonne Willbanks, as well as with his nieces and nephews and their families.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 (www.hospicesantacruz.org/donate). A private family gathering will be held in Bob's memory.
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