Robert Kneedler

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Coffeyville -

Robert Lee Kneedler, 84, of Coffeyville, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012 at his home.

He was born June 27, 1928 at Lebanon, MO to Lewis and Myrtle (Wood) Kneedler.  Robert grew up and attended school at Lebanon graduating from Lebanon High School.

Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

On May 8, 1954 he married Norma Gregory at Camdenton, MO.  Following their marriage they made their home in Lebanon before moving to Arlington, CA.  In 1956 they moved Coffeyville where Robert worked at Farmland Refinery.

Robert was a member of the Bible Baptist Church, and the Teamsters Union.  He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Norma of the home; one son, Jim Kneedler and wife Karen of Edna; one brother, Kenny Kneedler of Lebanon, MO; two grandsons, Chris Kneedler and Corey Kneedler; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one infant sister.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2012 at the Bible Baptist Church, 701 West 4th St., Coffeyville, KS with Pastor Daniel Knight officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park with Military Honors conducted by V.F.W. Post #1022 and American Legion Post #20.

Friends may call on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

The family suggests memorials to the Bible Baptist Church or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

THE RIDER FAMILY November 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Dear Norma, Jimmy, Karen, Chris & Cory & Families,

We are so sorry about Bob’s passing. Norma, you were really special to bring him back home to be with you. Love makes you strong and brave.

We still go back to Wilcox Street to look at the old neighborhood and reminisce about all the wonderful people who lived there when it was a newer place. It’s hard to see just grass and trees, but it doesn’t erase the good memories. We all raised our kids there.

We had Jimmy & Karen near us for a few years when we moved to our new place. We miss them and the boys. The boys are grown men now and we read Corey’s great articles in The Coffeyville Journal.

Our hearts and prayers are with all of you and we will smile when we remember Bob.

Much Love,
Jerry & Cheryl Rider & Family

Tollie Haymaker November 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Norma, Jim & Karen,
We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Growing up across the street from you all was such a blessing. We just knew that the new neighbors would be as good as Cleo and Nedra but God blessed us with just as wonderful neighbors. We were always welcome and were still able to climb the tree on the corner. Bob was always willing to lend a helping hand and never knew a stranger. I know he will be missed but, what a joy that he is able to be with our Lord and Savior enjoying the streets of gold, no more pain and no more suffering. May God give you strength and comfort each of you in the coming days.
Tom & Tollie Haymaker & Family

Marjean Hendryx November 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Norma, Jim,Karen, and grands,
“What’s your Hurry?”…is what I know Dad greeted his best bud, Bob with. Those two were such a pair. The closest thing Dad ever had to being a brother, and Jim felt like a little brother to us. I remmber the picnics, Norma’s fried chicken, deviled eggs with paprika, and the fabulous chocolate cake. We were always made to feel welcome, and felt so special when we visited. If we ever needed help, Bob was there to show Dad a better way to do it, which wasn’t hard because his mechanical skills were limited. The Kneedler family was always there, through the losses of our family members. We will always stay connected and felt the bond of more than just a friend, you all were family to us. I can hear Bob and Dad sharing a good laugh, a cup of coffee, along with Mom’s chocolate oatmeal cookies or Norma’s cherry pie. When I got married and started my own family, my boys would get to go visit once in a while. If you didn’t have something and needed it, there Bob or Norma were. I still have a 40 year old baby shirt I made for my oldest son,and couldn’t find buttons for it. Norma pulled out her button box, and there were enough buttons from Bob’s old work shirt to have, just perfect. The road ahead will be rough for a while, but take comfort in knowing there’s no more pain, and you can bet we’ll be greeted when we get there with a coffee cup in their hand raised to us with a big old smile, and a what’s your hurry. Our Love and payers and thoughts are with your family. Marjean, John, and Families.

Johnny D November 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed the visit with him at Windsor Place. Johnny D.

Karen & Randy Seger November 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

To Norma, Jimmy, Karen & Family
What a guy! We grew up with Bob in our lives for so many years. I have so much respect for your family that it is indescribable. We had so much fun at your house as kids, going on picnic’s…..you name it! Your family was always a support team for Mom and Dad and anyone that needed anything. I’m sure Dad was there when Bob passed, ready to give him a hand up, as they missed each other all these years.
Our hearts go out to each of you as you pass through this journey. It’s a very tough road, and I hope that we can now be your support team if you need us. With much love,
Karen & Randy Seger and Family

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