Robert “Bob” Louis Kilpatrick

Robert “Bob” Kilpatrick
December 21, 1938 – December 11, 2018

Bob Kilpatrick, 79, of Bryan, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at his home in Bryan. Interment service will be at 10:15 am, Tuesday, December 18, 2018, in the College Station Memorial Cemetery Aggie Field of Honor followed by a Celebration of Life Tribute Service at 11:30am at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station. Services are in trusted to the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.

Bob was born on December 21, 1938 in Galveston, Texas to Robert Emmett and Celina Margaret LeSassier Kilpatrick. In his early years, he moved extensively with his parents throughout southern Texas eventually graduating from Van Vleck High School in 1957 and then on to Texas A&M in 1961 with a degree in Business. After A&M, he entered the Army as a 2nd lieutenant, stationed at a Nike missile base in Spokane, Washington. He was honorably discharged as a captain in 1963.

In October 1961, he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley and just recently celebrated their 57th anniversary. Bob formed his manufacturing representative company, Kilpatrick Sales in Dallas, in 1967, where he proudly represented Baldor Electric Company until his retirement in 2003. In his role with Baldor, Bob was the Dallas/ North Texas District Manager where he developed many friends and business acquaintances. His unique humor and love of friends of family brought Bob great joy and business success followed.

In 2005, Bob and Shirley moved to Bryan, to be closer to his beloved Texas A&M. The two of them could be found at A&M Football, Volleyball and Basketball games where they met many of their fellow Aggie friends. He was very involved in his Aggie Class of 1961 and in the life of his children and grandchildren supporting them in all activities. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in College Station as well as a supporter of Texas A&M, including the 12th Man Foundation. Bob and Shirley established endowed scholarships to the Association of Former Students and Corp of Cadets Association. They also established an Aggie Veteran Patriot scholarship in memory of their daughter Dana Kristin along with the purchase of emergency medical and support equipment for the Aggie Student EMS program. They are founding members of The Compassionate Friends Chapter in College Station.

Daughter Dana Kristin Kilpatrick; his sister Myra Kay Kilpatrick; his parents, Robert and Celina Kilpatrick, all precede Bob in death.

Bob is survived by his wife, Shirley Tallas Kilpatrick; his son Alan and wife Cindy Kilpatrick; grandchildren Ashtyn and Sarah, all of Mansfield, Texas.

Bob’s family kindly asked that memorial offerings, in lieu of flowers, be given to S.O.S. Ministry, 1700 Grosebeck Street, Bryan, Texas 77803 or Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803, in Memory of Bob Kilpatrick.

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  1. Bob was a proud member of the Class of ‘61, Texas A&M University. It was an honor to know Bob. Bob always made me smile or laugh because he had a wonderful sense of humor. May Bob’s family feel the love from his classmates and friends. May God comfort you in His loving arms and fill you with His peace during this difficult time. With love and prayers, Buddy Bradford ‘61

  2. Bob was such a great Aggie and friend. He will be greatly missed. We would like to express our
    deepest sympathy to family. May all of your good memories be greater than your sadness
    during this difficult time. Blessings, Love and Peace. Journey of Faith Sunday School Class at CUMC.

  3. Dear Shirley and Family,

    Seems just like yesterday that I met Bob. I looked up to him and called him pop as he reminded me of my own father. Always a pleasure having a conversation with Bob as he taught us young pups the way business should be.

    He will be missed, but not forgotten.

    Best regards,

    Lap Bui

  4. I knew Bob from work, Baldor, and he loved what he did. He will serve God well in Heaven.

    Peace be with you all,
    Buddy Allen

  5. Shirley I was so sorry to hear about Bob’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Nita

  6. You and your family are in our prayers. We loved Bob. He was a special guy. Hugs and prayers
    Elaine and Steve

  7. To my family with love. I thank God for allowing me to meet such a great family. I will miss my honey but gained a family that I love. In the words of Mr. K wait a minute wait a minute.

  8. Shirley, you and Bob made us feel so welcome at Christ UMC.
    He was a great story teller and a good friend to many.
    God bless and keep you safe,
    Linda and Jack Teague

  9. So Sad to loose a great friend and Ex-BOSS. I Worked at Bob’s business for 18 years and in that time came to know the family well. Bob was a great boss, and always ready to hear an Aggie joke. The entire company was like family. And everyone loved Bob and Shirley as well as Kris and Alan. Bob will be missed by all.

  10. We are very sorry to lose our good friend. Bob, an A&M classmate, was a good guy and fun to be with. We will miss him, especially at our class of ’61 monthly lunches.

  11. So many fond memories are playing in my mind from days of old. I was the elder cousin and Bob the next on the maternal side of our family. Our Moms were close thus Bob & I spent many days of our youth together. His sense of humor always brought about laughter. Our paths crossed throughout our live as his family moved about as did mine. Our Dad’s jobs were quite different yet we adapted to moving about Texas, always making many new friends where ever we lived. Bob was alway a tease and I remember learning to drink chocolate milk when at Aunt Celina’s home. At 16 my family moved to Australia, where we resided for 8 years. I married there & when we returned my husband & I spent quality time with Bob. He was kind, loved A&M, & very much in love with a young girl named Shirley. We moved to California so didn’t see one another as in the past, but I visited Houston often to see my parents, and of course Aunt Celina who kept me apprised of Bob & his family. Bob was a unique, special cousin, who will be missed by so many. My sincerest sympathies to Shirley & family as they grieve the loss of Bob. May the wonderful memories sustain you through this difficult time. No words can lesson the pain one feels at this time. Remember always that you hold treasured memories that will shine through eventually to help you cope with this loss.
    My sincere love to you all & I will be thinking & praying for you at this time.

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