Robert "Bob" Kannegieter, age 76 of George, died Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Sanford Hospital of Sioux Falls, S.D.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, with Reverend Paul Fischer officiating. Burial followed in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery of George.
Visitation was Monday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.
Robert "Bob" Calvin Kannegieter was born Oct. 6, 1933, at Willow Lake, S.D. the son of Albert and Bertha (Bruns) Kannegieter. Bob and his family moved to a farm north of Little Rock in 1934 and in 1940 they moved to George where Bob attended school. He was united in marriage to Marlene Hayenga on Dec. 6, 1952 at Monroe, S.D. Just four days later Bob entered the United States Navy and served his country from Dec. 10, 1952 until he was honorably discharged in November of 1956. In January of 1957, Bob attended meat cutting school in Toledo, Ohio. Upon graduation he started working as a meat cutter from 1958 until 1962. From 1963 until 1975, he worked for Curtiss Breeding Service. He later worked in the elevator business from 1976 until 1983. He also worked at Natural Beauty and the George Veterinary Clinic. He was a faithful member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George where he had served as a trustee and Sunday school teacher. He and Marlene also served as church custodians for many years. He was a member of the Jack Sauter Post No. 404 American Legion in George and was a past 4-H leader. He was an avid Chicago Bears Fan and enjoyed raising horses and birds, woodworking, fishing, gardening, cooking and canning, but most importantly he loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a caring person who was very proud of his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hank and two sisters, Mattie Johnson and Delores Colwell.
Bob is survived by his wife Marlene Kannegieter of George; and three children, Linda (Bob) Thompson of Parker, Colo.; Ronda (Robert) VanBriesen of George, and Rob (Diane) Kannegieter of Aurelia; grandchildren, Mike Thompson; Kim (James) Collins; BJ (Devin) Van Briesen; Jessica (Justin) Overman; Kayla Van Briesen; Kandi (fiancÚ, Eric Poppler) Van Briesen; Nikki (Mark) Van Oort; Kelly (Kristi) Kannegieter; Tyler (Jessica) Kannegieter and Lanaya Kannegieter; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Collins; Jordyn and Jayla Overman; Kory, Addisyn and Dustin Van Oort; Brock and Brittany Kannegieter; Aubrey and Leah Kannegieter; along with three sisters, Agnes Kruse; Marvel (Ronald) Blum and Wanda Koger; one brother, Delbert (Gladys) Kannegieter all of George.