Kennish III, Robert  1927-2019

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Robert "Bob" Kennish III, 92, Columbia, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on Nov. 18, 2019.

Bob was born in Holt County, Missouri, on March 2, 1927, to Robert "Bob" Kennish II and Genevieve (Means) Kennish.

He graduated from Mound City High School in 1945.

Bob married Laura "Jean" Cotton, on Aug. 8, 1948.

Shortly after graduation, Bob joined the US Army, and served with the 11th Airborne as a paratrooper, reaching the rank of sergeant. He returned home in June 1947, and enrolled at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

After graduation in 1951, Bob taught veterans in the Veterans on the Farm program.

In 1952, he became an agent and regional manager for Farm Bureau Insurance.

In 1967, they moved to New Bloomfield, where he worked as state sales director in Jefferson City.

From 1970 to 1974, he was vice-president and director of sales for Capitol Reserve Life Insurance.

Bob also farmed from 1948, until his retirement.

In 1974, he left the insurance business to farm full time.

In addition to his wife, Jean, Bob is survived by children, Dan (Mary) Kennish and Marilyn Barnard.

He is also survived by: five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Gladys Reiman; and nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by: his parents; sisters and their husbands: Kay (John) Bruner, Glendora (Lynn) Derr and Darlene (Robert) Scott; two nephews; and a niece.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, Chamberlain Funeral Home, Oregon, Missouri.

Family will greet friends one hour prior to services.

Internment, with military rites: Forest City Union Cemetery.

Memorial donations: University of Missouri Agriculture Department, Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care, or local hospice of your choice.

Online condolences may be left at As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.