Robert Gilbert Kannenberg Sr.

robert kannenberg

March 9, 1932 ~ April 5, 2022

Born in: Dallas, Texas
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Bob Kannenberg, 90, passed away on April 5, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.

Bob was born on March 9, 1932 in Dallas, TX, to Elmer Kannenberg and Matilda “Tillie” Duecker.
He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1949 and went on to serve his country in the United States Armed Forces as a corporal. After the Army, he went on to earn a Bachelors in Science degree from Arlington College in 1963. He started his career as a chemist for Western Company for 35+ years where he later became the head chemist in the production division. After retiring from Western Company, he went to work for Texas Health Arlington Memorial where he worked in the Central Supply Department for 25 years.

Bob married Emily Fitch November 14, 1954 and had 4 children–three boys and one girl. They had a wonderful life for 58 years. After Emily’s passing, Bob went to his high school reunion and reconnected with a former classmate. He later married Billye Fraelich on October 5, 2017. They had 4 1/2 very happy years together.

Bob was best known for his love of Jesus Christ, his singing and his passion for his four legged friends, his pups. Bob never met a stranger and all those who knew him, loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Tillie Kannenberg, his wife of 58 years, Emily Fitch Kannenberg and his youngest son, Gray Kannenberg.

Bob is survived by his wife, Billye Kannenberg of Arlington,Texas; his son, Gil Kannenberg (Jo) of Mansfield, Texas; son, Gene Kannenberg (Theresa) of Arlington, Texas; daughter, Gail Young (Danny) of Arlington, Texas; step-daughter, Frances Sones (Greg) of Cypress, Texas; brother, Hugh Kannenberg (Gail) of Dallas, Texas; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, 10 great-grandchildren, 4 nieces, 4 nephews and a host of friends.

The service for Bob Kannenberg will be held on April 23, 2022, at 11:00 am at Pleasantview Baptist Church 4400 Pleasantview Dr, Arlington, TX 76017 .

Burial will be at DFW National Cemetery on April 25, 2022 at 9:15 am.

Memorial donations may be made in Bob Kannenberg’s name to the Bible Missions Ministry at Pleasantview Baptist Church c/o John Horton P.O. Box 13459 Arlington, Tx. 76094 or online at or the American Heart Association.


Memorial Service: April 23, 2022 11:00 am

Pleasantview Baptist Church
4400 Pleasantview Drive
Arlington, TX 76017

Graveside Service: April 25, 2022 9:15 am

DFW National Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211

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  1. Bob sang every morning as he came through our Mother Baby unit at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. I believe it was “Goodnight Ladies”? He talked about Taekwando, and meeting his current wife at their class reunion.
    He was a hard working man, who tried to spread joy wherever he went. We will miss him! Prayers for Peace and Comfort to his family.

  2. One very Special Gentleman. Always had a Smile! Chatted with Us & also had a song for Us. Knew Mr. Bob from the hospital. Bless His Love ones

  3. One very Special Gentleman. Always had a Smile! Chatted with Us & had a song for Us. Knew Mr. Bob from the hospital. Bless His Love ones

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