Robert Morris “Bob” Kennard, 85 of Kenova, WV husband of Margaret Marie Decker Kennard died Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at his residence. He was retired from ownership of the Giovanni’s Pizza franchise in Grayson, KY and was previously a longtime employee of Armco Steel in Ashland, KY. Bob was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in our nation’s cold war defense across Germany. He was an avid bass fisherman and member of “Lunker Hunters” fishing club, spending countless enjoyable hours at his sport at lakes across Kentucky, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada. Like many native Kentuckians, Bob was a lifelong fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcat basketball team. Additionally he was a Kentucky Colonel.
Bob was born on June 29, 1933 in Paintsville, KY a son of the late Alton B. and Josephine Miller Kennard. He was also preceded in death by his infant brother Elvis Kennard.
In addition to his wife of forty years, Bob is survived by five children; Mark (Pam) Kennard of Worthington, KY, Kimberly (Steve) Abbott of Grayson, KY, Melissa (Clinton) Burley of Kenova, WV, Michael Bowling of Melbourne, FL and Nausha Norton of Lexington, KY, one sister Joan Kennard Rudnick of Lexington, KY, nine grandchildren; Dr. Lauren (Alexander) Tufts of Kenova, WV, Lindsay Burley of Kenova, WV, Crystal (Ryan) McDavid of Flatwoods, KY, Candace (Travis) Piatt of Raceland, KY, Caitlin (JJ) Caudill of Greenup, KY, Christi (Jeff) Jones of Flatwoods, KY, Susan (Aaron) Canfield of Bellefonte, KY, Amber Bowling of Melbourne, FL and Latausha Norton of Orlando, FL. He is also survived by ten great-grandchildren and a host of more distant relatives and friends, each whom he held dear.
Friends are invited to greet the family from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Monday, January 28, 2019 at Malone Funeral Home, Grayson, KY. A service celebrating Bob’s life will be conducted by The Reverend Jamie Gump and will follow at 1:00 PM. Graveside services with complete military honors will then be conducted at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast in Grayson, KY. Memories and condolences may be sent to the Kennard family at www.malonefuneralhome.com.