OBITUARY

Dr. Robert "Bob" D. McKenney

July 1, 1926July 15, 2013

McKENNEY, Dr. Robert D. “Bob”, Ed.D., age 87, of Rochester, died July 15, 2013, at his home. Bob was born July 1, 1926, in Detroit to the late Wilton and Irene (Dorion) McKenney. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 during World War II. He was wounded in the Philippines and after the war he served in the Army of Occupation in Japan. For his distinguished service he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Upon his return he earned his Bachelor's degree in Education from Michigan State University and his Master's, Specialist and Doctoral degrees at Wayne State University. His entire professional career was spent as an educator, arriving in Rochester in 1952 to teach mathematics. After teaching for many years at Central Junior High School he became the mathematics coordinator for teaching the “new math” to teachers and parents. The final years of his career were spent teaching at Rochester High School. Bob was a very gentle and compassionate man, loving home, family, friends, church and athletic activities. He was an avid golfer and tennis player. When asked how he was doing he would usually respond “As chipper as can be” with a big smile. An active member of the First Congregational Church, he served as a Boy Scout leader and as a Stephen Minister. Years after Bob retired from teaching, former students would remind him of his playful approach to learning as they recalled him saying when introducing a new problem, “Even my dog could do that!” He was the devoted husband and life partner of Gladys Holdeman McKenney whom he married on June 10, 1950. Bob was the loving father of Wayne (Susan) McKenney, the late Cathleen Renee McKenney, Michael (Rebekah) McKenney, Marcia (LeRoy) Schultz and Linda Graham. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral Services followed by Military Honors will be Friday 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 1315 N. Pine Street in Rochester. Private burial will be in Mt. Avon Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday 2-4 & 6-9 p.m. at PIXLEY FUNERAL HOME, 322 W. University Drive in Rochester. Those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life may choose to “do a good deed or kindness for someone” or to make a memorial gift in his name to the First Congregational Church or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, MI. Please visit www.pixleyfuneral.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Friday, July 19, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Military Honors
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Dr. Robert "Bob" D. McKenney

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james littell

July 21, 2013

what a great patriot and teacher...........mrs. m and family.......so sorry
james littell

Tim Cresswell

July 19, 2013

Quadratic equations will never be the same. Sleep in Christ, "Mr. McKenney"

Jill Blazis-Sloan

July 18, 2013

Dr. McKenney was a wonderful teacher and a wonderful man. After my time in his classroom, I had the pleasure of running into him on many occasions over the years but I will say that one of the dearest times was when I had the opportunity to introduce my boys to him when we were out to breakfast a few years ago. My sincere condolences to the family for their loss. You are all in my prayers.
Sincerely,
Jill (Blazis) Sloan and family

July 18, 2013

Dear Mrs McKenney & Family, It was priceless to have visited w/ you recently! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Such a beautiful guardian angel you now have! May God bless and hold you dear. Sincerely, Sue (Vanzo) Wadzinski

Brent Nimmo

July 18, 2013

God be with Gladys and family.... Gladys, I still miss Walter.....

Barbara Stenson

July 17, 2013

Gladys and family -

Bob was a "gentle" man whose soul brightened everyone else's by his presence and that wonderful spirit will never fade as it remains in our hearts forever now... Fondly, Barbara Stenson

Nick & Christa Prater

July 17, 2013

We are very saddened to hear of Bob's passing. One of our fond memories of Bob was when he and Gladys drove all the way to Georgia for our wedding. We were so thrilled to have them join us for such a special day. We will certainly miss Bob very much. Gladys and all of his family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Nick and Christa Prater

July 17, 2013

We are saddened to hear of the loss of our loving cousin, Bob. Our
thoughts,prayers and love are with you Gladys and all your family.
Love,
Leslee Ingram and family
Florence Stewart and famiy

FROM THE FAMILY