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Robert "Bob" Kenyon

Robert “Bob” Kenyon passed away on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 at the age of 62. 

Bob was born on November 11th, 1957 in Sioux Falls, SD. He spent much of his life in the Sioux Falls area working for the Paratransit bus system. After leaving Paratransit Bob spent a number of years in the Gulf Coast region while working with FEMA to help rebuild the region following Hurricanes Katrina, Ivan, and Rita.  

As a child, one of Bob’s many activities included terrorizing the neighborhood with his brother Bill. His thrill-seeking nature continued to develop as he enjoyed off-roading in his old ‘46 Willys Jeep, and later in life worked as a member of the pit crew for various racers on local dirt tracks. He was known to serve as a ground crew member and occasionally flew in the basket for many hot air balloon launches in Sioux Falls and at some of the major hot air balloon rallies around the nation. Throughout much of his adult life he actively participated in a variety of bowling leagues. He was a skilled bowler even bowling a perfect game at Eastway Bowl during a league match. 

Bob was very social and would love to strike up a conversation with strangers and tell tales to anyone willing to listen (some of them tall in nature and some that just seemed that way)  His social side shined most with his giving nature and willingness to help others. As an avid cook, he could often be found preparing anything from classic to exotic meals for friends and family.   

Grateful for having shared his life are his two sons from his first marriage to Lori Jastram: Troy (Amy) of Portland, Oregon and Ryan (Jen) of Harrisburg, SD; sister: Sue Rossow (David Baumgard) of Sioux Falls and brother Rich (Susan) of Independence, Missouri; his second wife: Char, as well as various cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother: Bill; and his parents: Richard and Adele. 

The family would also like to thank Kim, Dani, and the boys who were like a second family to him.

Bob had a big heart for dogs and the family asks that any memorial gifts be in the form of donations in his name to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. 

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