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Robert Clair Kenyon

Posted By Hall-Wynne On June 26, 2015 @ 2:04 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 2 Comments

DURHAM -Robert Clair Kenyon died peacefully the afternoon of June 25th in Durham.  Born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 19, 1920, Robert retired to Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina in 1983 with his wife Nina.  After 63 years of marriage, she predeceased him in 2005.


In their early years, Bob and Nina lived in Hollywood, California where he worked for Paramount Pictures in the set department.  Later he worked as a production planner in the space industry for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis, participating in project Gemini.  In 1967 he graduated from Washington University, St. Louis, with a BA in library science.  Prior to his retirement, Robert was a school librarian in Normandy, Missouri.  He was a veteran of WW II, having served in the U.S. Armed Forces.


After his wife’s death, Robert moved to Emerald Pond Retirement Community in Durham to be near family.  He is survived by his daughter Tracy Kenyon Lischer and husband Richard Lischer of Durham; his son Regan Clair Kenyon and wife Mary Kenyon of Vero Beach, Florida; his granddaughter Sarah Kenyon Lischer and two great-grandsons, Luke Kenyon Sherman and Calvin Andrew Sherman of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; his granddaughter-in-law Jennifer Lischer and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Adam Lischer of Durham; his grandson Regan Clair Kenyon, Jr. and wife Winnie Kenyon and two great-granddaughters, Isabella Leilani Kenyon and Ava Noelani Kenyon of Dayton, New Jersey; and his granddaughter Moriah Quinlan Rosenblum and husband Scott Baxter Rosenblum and great-grandson Brock Baxter Rosenblum of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.


Robert joins in death not only his beloved wife, parents and grandmother, but also his beloved grandson Richard Adam Lischer (1972-2005).


A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Durham, at 1:30 on Sunday June 28 at the outdoor Memorial Garden.  Donations in memory of Robert Clair Kenyon may be made to the Adam Lischer Memorial Scholarship, c/o Durham County Bar Association, 115 E. Main St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.


Arrangements for the Kenyon family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.  On-line memorials:   www.hallwynne.com.


Condolences for the family of “Robert Clair Kenyon”

Condolence from Allison Smith on June 27th, 2015 9:03 am

Mr. Kenyon was a dear man. I met him a year ago. I could sit forever and listen to his life’s story’s. It was like going back in history. He loved his family and would always be in love with his departed Wife. We had lots of long talks the last few weeks at Emerald Pond. I will treasure forever.
My sincere condolences to the family, not just from myself , but from all the girls that worked with him at High Calling!! Especially his favorite Amber… We all truly cared for him. He was a Special man.
Allison Smith and all the Staff at High Calling

Condolence from mary miller on June 29th, 2015 12:52 am

My condolences to the Kenyon family. May it help you to know that Psalms 34:18 read: God is close to the brokenhearted; he save those who are crushed in spirit. Yes, he care, so he will give you and your family, the needed strength and comfort to get through the difficult days ahead. Please find some help from this, in your time of need.

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