Robert James Kinnard
March 8, 1944 – July 28, 2020
Robert James, known early on as Bobbie and later on as Bob (but always called Robert James by his bride when she was feeling flirtatious), was born on March 8, 1944, to Wilbur James and Eldora Faye Kinnard. He was 4th in line after Ronnie, Ruth Ann, Evelyn, and Carolyn; and was followed by Linda, Donna, Connie, Larry Dean, and Debra (Debbie). He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sisters Ruth Ann and Donna.
Bob is survived by his wife, Judy Kinnard; daughters Jodie Lavigne and Susan Gates; grandchildren Carter Gates, Dawson Gates, Derek Lavigne, and Jessica Lavigne.
Bobbie grew up on a farm in Dacoma, Oklahoma, and started helping in the wheat fields at the age of 8, when he caught the eye of a neighboring farmer, Glenn White, as a hard-working young chap that could help him bail hay. Glenn White had a cute little girl named Judith SuZann. You know where this is going…
Bob had a love for golden wheat fields, quarter horses, basketball, and Judith SuZann from an early age. Love for those four things only grew stronger as life went on.
After graduating from high school in May of 1962, Bob started working at Severe Refrigeration in Alva. He and Judy married in 1963. He joined the army reserves in 1965, started a family in 1967 with the birth of Jodie, and moved to Enid shortly after. After 6 years in the Army, Bob continued his work as a business owner of Frigid Refrigeration in Enid. Working as a Heat and Air guy, Bob and Judy made a beautiful life for themselves. Their family of 4 was completed in December 1969 with the birth of Susan. Church every Sunday, family dinner around the table every night, no whining, no complaining, and strictly enforced curfews was a way of life in the Bob Kinnard household. Annual ski trips, card parties with church friends, horse shows, and basketball games filled up any free time not working hard to make an honest living.
Bob and Judy moved to Oklahoma City for 5 years before retiring in Claremore in 1998. Staying involved in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives remained very important to Bob, as did church, friends, and his never-ending work – which took the form of acts of service in his later years. He became involved with the church’s food pantry, the coffee shop (to help raise money for the youth group), the church garage sale, and in helping with odds and ends around the facility. He loved his vegetable garden and often brought his crops in for anyone wanting fresh-grown produce.
Above all, Bob loved to attend his grandkids’ events and take random road trips. Golden wheat fields, horses, basketball, and Judy (not necessarily in that order) remained his passions to the end.
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