Robert Roy Kendrick passed away on March 10, 2022, in Cibolo, TX. Bob was born to Alson and Ruby (Lee) Kendrick on September 9, 1933, in Harlingen, TX, just after the Labor Day Hurricane. The Kendrick family returned to East Texas (San Augustine County) in 1942. He graduated from San Augustine High School in 1953 and attended many class reunions over the years.
Entering the world during the Great Depression, Bob began his sales career at the age of 5, selling newspapers on Harlingen's military base. After graduation, he moved to Houston and sold candy at Marshall Fields. A salesman's salesman, it didn't matter what it was, he sold tires, insurance (New York Life), chainsaws (Gates Saw Company), and lawn equipment (AWD Lawn & Garden, Yard & Garden, and Mission Equipment). Even in his late 80s, he still sold farm equipment.
At fourteen, Bob was responsible for changing the lightbulb on the top of San Augustine's water tower. He worked in a tire factory. He worked as a welder and built custom barbeque pits. In the summer, he combined fields all over Texas and Oklahoma, and, in the winter, ran a deer lease. On many holidays, he could be found selling ice cream in one of San Antonio's parks. When he wasn't busy working, he could often be found fishing. On many occasions, his wife and children joined him on hunting and fishing trips, combining, and even sales calls.
His catering interest began while serving in the army. With friends Ronald Gray and Robert Chandler, he regularly cooked for church retreats, Camp Bandina, family reunions, weddings, and other events. They prepared dozens of Thanksgiving turkeys for the women's shelter in San Antonio. For many years, he served as the auctioneer for the annual Medina Children's Home white elephant auction.
Visiting family in San Antonio as a young man, Bob attended services at Beacon Hill Church of Christ, where he met the love of his life, Bernice Bergman. They married in 1958 and shared a wonderful life together in San Antonio. In the early 1970s, the family moved their church home to Oak Hills Church of Christ. After Bernice died in 2012, Bob moved to the farm they had purchased in Cibolo, TX. He loved working at the farm (and may have even broken things in order to fix them).
Preceded in death by his parents and in laws (Stuart and Grace Bergman), wife, siblings (Orville Kendrick, Maudie Vehring, Mary Johnson Roscoe, and Wilma Ricks), nephews Ray Kendrick and Lee Johnson, niece Deborah Winfield, and many beloved friends. He is survived by his brother Arnold Kendrick, children, Kirk Kendrick (Rhonda), Kerrin Meyer (Greg), and Kimberly Gunther (John), grandchildren Grace, Johanna, Cora, Kory, Sherí, Chelsí, and Alexis, great grandchildren, Blaine, Hailey, Justin, Darryn, Cody and Noah, and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank our father's hospice nurse, Susan, and caregiver, Brenda, for their dedication and guidance through this transition.
Visitation will be held at Schertz Funeral Home on March 26 at 3:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Arms of Hope, 21300 State Highway 16 North, Medina, TX 78055, (830) 522-2200, armsofhope.org.