Robert "Bryan" Fennell

September 4, 1970November 8, 2018
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Robert “Bryan” Fennell, a resident of Kingwood, Texas, passed away on November 8, 2018, at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas after a two year battle with leukemia at the age of 48.

Bryan was born on September 4, 1970, in Killeen, Texas, to Robert and Vickie Fennell. He was the Salutatorian of the graduating class of 1988 from Valliant High School in Valliant, Oklahoma. Upon graduation, he attended East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma and majored in Environmental Science. While in college, he met his soulmate, Karen Dean. He graduated from East Central University in 1992. On October 17, 1992, he wed the love of his life, Karen, in Valliant, Oklahoma. Throughout his career, Bryan worked in many fields involving environmental, health and safety issues that allowed him to travel the world. He was an expert and an amazing mentor to everyone in his field of study. He enjoyed his work in power generation for Florida Power & Light (FPL). He was very excited to be a part of BP’s Alternative Wind Energy Unit in Houston, TX. But his greatest joy came from his latest project with Anadarko in Mozambique, Africa. Bryan loved to work but he also had a zest for life. He loved the outdoors, golfing, traveling with his family and friends, supporting his beloved Sooners, and hunting and fishing with his dad. One of his greatest passions was cooking, so much so that he delighted many family members and friends with wonderful gourmet meals.

Bryan was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Albert Fennell and Mary Jo Fennell, and maternal grandparents George Bingham and Alvada Bingham.

Bryan is survived by his wife, Karen Dean-Fennell, of the home; daughter, Malorie Fennell, Rohnert Park, CA; and parents Robert and Vickie Fennell, Paris, TX; and sister, Melissa Tillinghast and her spouse, Greg, Frisco, TX; and his beloved fur baby Civi Fennell; parents-in-law, Leon and Carol Powell, Paris, TX; extended family included David and Terri Lanier, Calhoun, LA; John and Sheila Dean, Waxahachie, TX; Brent and Sheila Willis, Broken Bow, OK; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Bryan also leaves to cherish his memory a host of special friends.


  • Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, November 11, 2018

Robert "Bryan" Fennell

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Annki & Jim Lerner

November 21, 2018

Loved the time we got to spend with you.
You are missed.

Cathy Stephen

November 12, 2018

If sheer will alone was enough, Bryan would still be here! He remains our very wonderful friend to whom we have made the promise to care for his family, Karen and Malorie. He taught me how to show up, stand by, and stand for others. We will miss him forever. ❤

Venessa Moyer

November 11, 2018

Bryan, so much like both of his parents, a gentle quiet soul that never had anything bad to say about anyone. We basically grew up together on the same road, rode the school bus together, and we were distant kin. I always enjoyed having a conversation with Bryan. He touched base with some of us back home, just because he was a caring soul. Breaks my heart that he will no longer Grace the Earth with his presence. My heart breaks for Vicki, Robert, Melissa and family, and Karen and his daughter. You are definitely in those Pearly Gates and in the presents of God almighty! I wish that I could be there today to celebrate your life with family and friends.


November 10, 2018

In our neighborhood Bryan was the "go to guy" for good, solid information and opinions. It didn't matter if your opinion was different than his, he was still there to help and advise. More than that, he was a perfect example of what a loving husband, father, and friend should be.
I've never seen someone fight a tougher battle with more strength and positivity. He made us all believe! Bryan made us better people as we witnessed his courage over the past two years. Like the song says, "Because I knew you, I've been changed for good."
I will forever cherish my friendship with this beautiful man. He will be in my heart always.

JT Burk

November 10, 2018

It is true sadness that Bryan has left this world but we know he is in a better place and he is still with us in memories. Bryan was my brother in arms, fighting cancer for survival. We would see each other at MD Anderson when our appointments were on the same day. His positive attitude was an inspiration for me and many others. At The BGA, our annual golf outing, he got to meet many long time friends and easily won the Rookie of the year with his winning personality. This extended family is at a great loss with his passing and we continue to share our thoughts of him through many emails. In Bryan we have lost a great human being but God has gained a great soul in heaven. Your memory will live on through many that you have truly touched. Amen my brother and thanks for being my friend.

Rene Braud

November 10, 2018

One of my favorite things about Bryan was his relationship with Karen. They were best friends and such good people.
When hurricane harvey came thru Houston they both kept encouraging me to bring my dogs and come stay with them in their high and dry two story home. My house was getting water. I stuck it out over the weekend and wouldn’t you know it, on Monday the county open a dam and Bryan and Karen lost their home to flooding. He was on the news being rescued by a boat. Ironic huh?

Sheila Wilkinson

November 9, 2018

Bryan always shared a big smile and positive messages regardless of what was going on. I learned so much from him through our times working together. He really cared about his teammates and he made a difference. I will always remember how deeply he loved and admired his family. Bryan will be missed!