OBITUARY

Robert Allen Cruikshank

October 24, 1938April 14, 2018
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Robert “Bob” Allen Cruikshank died peacefully Saturday afternoon, April 14, 2018. Bob was preceded in death by his father, Jim in 1986; brother, Jim in 2001; sister, Jean Willingham in 2001; and mother, Lila in 2013. Surviving are his wife, Wydeen; sons, Allen (spouse, Kristy), Chris (spouse, Anne) and Kevin; daughter, Sabrina Sailors (spouse, Lanier); and grandchildren, Nicole, James, Hailey and Hannah. Bob was born in Lynwood, California on October 24, 1938. The family moved to Georgia so his father could pursue the development and building of Dairy Queen stores throughout the state. Bob attended North Fulton High School where he excelled in several sports, football, track and swimming, and assumed leadership roles as a Boy’s Club member and student body positions every year including President of his senior class. He attended Duke University where he continued playing football until a serious burn injury kept him from playing. Bob came home to help his father with the Dairy Queen business and became an integral part of growing it to become International Dairy Queen. Bob worked his way to become president of the company. The work was rewarding but endless requiring travel well over 300 days per year. The business was taken public, sold and moved to Minnesota where Bob moved the family for four years to provide continuity for the company. With the job done, he moved the family back to Atlanta and purchased the local John Deere construction equipment dealership. From ice cream to iron, he could now grow a new business and have time with family. Bob transformed the new company, Metropolitan Tractor Company, into what became the poster dealership for Deere. He christened a state of the art building that was the largest dealer facility in the industry at the time. He expanded to six locations serving customers well outside the metro area prompting the company to change the name to METRAC. Bob founded the Southeast Dealers Association and served on numerous Deere council committees. Bob was someone who never met a stranger. He was generous with his time and resources and always had a way of making anyone feel good. He was an avid golfer and loved to fish, and it was the camaraderie as much as the sport that he loved. Bob enjoyed membership at Atlanta Country Club, Capital City Club and Highlands Country Club where he would spend time in the company of friends. He was part of the vision to bring a PGA tournament to Atlanta and was honored to serve as Tournament Director of the Atlanta Golf Classic and then President of its Foundation. Bob cherished his membership with the Homosassa Fishing Club where he served as director and enjoyed many fishing trips to Florida. As a North Fulton grad, he looked forward to playing a key role in directing The Buckhead Boys annual reunion and fundraiser. Bob will be missed by all of the family, his close friends, and everyone that he met. Memorial services celebrating Bob's life will be held Thursday, the 19th of April at eleven o'clock at St. John United Methodist Church, 550 Mt. Paran Road, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327. The family prefers that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to The National Kidney Foundation or American Cancer Society. Friends are cordially invited to visit with the family Wednesday evening from five until eight o'clock at H. M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. A burial service will take place Saturday afternoon at three o’clock at Arlington Memorial Park.

  • FAMILY

  • Surviving are his wife, Wydeen; sons, Allen (spouse, Kristy), Chris (spouse, Anne) and Kevin; daughter, Sabrina Sailors (spouse, Lanier); and grandchildren, Nicole, James, Hailey and Hannah.

Services

21 April

Graveside Services

3:00 pm

Arlington Memorial Park

201 Mt. Vernon Highway, NW
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Robert Allen Cruikshank

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sarah colby

April 18, 2018

Mr. Cruikshank was a great man that I respected and admired a lot. I first met him as a teenager while tagging along with one of his nieces to a family Christmas party. It’s a little nervous anytime you meet friend’s family members for the first time, but the whole family was great, especially Bob. He was kind, considerate, friendly, made me feel like I belonged....well really like I had always belonged. Every year I looked forward to Christmas time and his trademark greeting of a warm smile and friendly hug. He will be missed by so many. Wydeen, I am so sorry I will not be able to make it to the viewing, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Let me know if you guys need anything.

David Heath

April 18, 2018

Mr. C was one of the greatest men I have ever met in my lifetime. He could not only remember your name but also your family members
names even and when he spoke he always made you feel like you were the most important person in the room. In the 18 years I worked
for Metrac I never heard him speak an unkind word to anyone and I am a whole lot better person for the experience of knowing him. Metrac
was a family oriented business and I value the time I was employed there.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Maudie Strickland

April 17, 2018

I became an employee of Mr Cruikshank , in 1991, even with no computer experience, he took a chance on me.
To this day, I will still tell you that Mr. C is one of the greatest men I’ve ever known.
He treated each of us like we were not only important, but like we were family.
Wydeen, Allen, Chris and Kevin (along with your families) you are all in my thoughts and prayers
So blessed to have known Mr C
Sincerely,
Maudie Strickland
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ALEX MCGEE

April 17, 2018

There is not enough time or space to share all my stories and life experiences that Mr. C gave me. I first met him in 1975 as his John Deere Territory manager. He immediately took me in and started teaching me the business and how to be a man. He hired me in 1983 to work in his business in Augusta. He never told me what to do. He just said run the business like it was yours, if you make a big enough mistake we will fire you. I made plenty. He treated me and my family better than we deserved. My wife loved him more than she did me. He could and did more for her than I ever could. He always treated her like a queen. She ate it up.He had so many qualities to describe. I think the one thing he did better than anybody was to make you feel special about yourself. I never talked with him when I did not feel better about my self. He introduced me to a world I did not know existed. I never met a person that that did not like and respect him. He influenced my life more than any man I ever knew. If you want to here a million wonderful stories about a good man, call me 706 825 3250.

Peggy Beal

April 17, 2018

Bob was the kindest man with biggest heart and loving generous soul. I was privileged to know and love him.
Sending love and prayers to Wydeen, Sabrina, Allen, Chris and Kevin and their families.

Amanda Sellers

April 17, 2018

I met Mr. C in 1997 when I was hired to work at Metrac. I was 18 years old, just out of high school, about to get married. I was given a chance and that chance taught me not only about work ethic but, also about life and how to be a better person. I am a better person for getting lucky enough to know Mr. C and the Cruikshank Family. Mr. Cruikshank will always be in my heart because he was the finest example of a human being. He set an example that should be followed by all and I have the most respect for him. When I spoke with him he always made me feel important, like I was the only one in the room. That was just him. The most kind, giving, humble person! I appreciate the years I worked for him as much as he made me feel appreciated, which was everyday. My deepest sympathy to Wydeen, Allen, Chris, Kevin, and the rest of the family,
Amanda Sellers

Joseph (Jody) Rogers

April 17, 2018

Bob gave me a job in 1973, right after he purchased Metrac from Gene Gibson. I worked with him for 30+ years until he sold company to Flint. He was a great boss, valued family values , and he respected his employees. I only have fond memories of him, I know he will be missed by all. Rest In Peace my friend and I hope to see you again one day.

Harris Ladd

April 16, 2018

Bobby was my uncle through marriage into the Steinmann family. My mother grew up with Bobby and she always spoke lovingly about her time in his company. My siblings and I always enjoyed our time with Bobby, Margrit and our cousins. Bobby was very accommodating to me when I sought out his advice and I always cherished the opportunity to spend time with him. One of the greatest memories in my life was a lunch with Bobby, Kurt Steinmann, Bill Dukes and my mother, one that was filled with laughter and tears in the retelling the stories of friendships and lives well lived. Our thoughts go out to Allen, Chris & Kevin.
~ Harris & Heidi Ladd, Milwaukee

Doug hansen

April 16, 2018

In my young days in the dealership, there were a number of dealer principals who had integrity, smarts, and were leaders. I always tried to emulate what I thought they would do in the challenges in my dealership. Bob was one of those that stood at the top of the list. He was missed when he stepped down from active involvement in the dealer organization. I am thankful for the time I was able interact with him. He was a great friend to my uncle Gary who passed a number of years ago. My condolences to the family and especially to Allen who shared many experiences with me over the years.

FROM THE FAMILY