Robert Dean Renfrow

Robert (Bob) Dean Renfrow, 73, of Lenexa, KS, died, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Advent Health Shawnee Mission in Merriam, KS. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Manchester, IA. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Robert was born April 18, 1946 in Manchester to Virgil and Mildred Hansel Renfrow. He married his high school sweetheart, Gayle Mangold on August 27, 1966. They moved to the Kansas City area in 1968.

Robert worked as a civil engineer for Black & Veatch for 42 years, retiring in 2010.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Maynard Renfrow and a sister, June Lewis. He is survived by his wife of 53  years, Gayle; twin daughters, Ann (Chris) O’Connor and Sara (Fred) Gude; four grandchildren, Emma and Grant Gude and Abby and Nicholas O’Connor; two sisters, Janice (Ron)  Behnken and Jean (Bob) Ungs, a brother, Chuck Renfrow, sisters-in-law Lolita (Robert) Kulper and Elaine (Gary) Atkinson and numerous nieces and nephews.


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8 Comments on “Robert Dean Renfrow”

  1. Georgia Cramer Deep Says:

    The West Delaware High School Class of 1964 sends our condolences to the family of our classmate and class president Bob Renfrow. Please know that Bob will be honored and remembered at all future class reunions.

  2. Ginger Gulley Says:

    Ann, Sara and Gayle so sorry for your loss. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love you all,
    Ginger Gulley

  3. Nick McElvain Says:

    I worked with Bob on a very large drinking water system project for Lincoln, NE in the early 1990s. He was a very professional engineer and a very caring person. I always looked forward to our weekly phone calls to discuss project details. I pray for GOD’s comfort for his family at the time of their loss.
    Nick McElvain

  4. Jen Roberts Says:

    Sara, Gayle, Ann, and families… my heart just breaks for you at this time. Bob was a wonderful man and we are so sorry we cannot be there to help you grieve, honor, and celebrate his glorious life. Know we are thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers on a daily basis. Hopefully we can honor him in person sometime soon! With all our love. ❤️

  5. Joe Wiewel Says:

    Gayle,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Joe Wiewel

  6. Jerry Obrist Says:

    Bob was a very through Project Manager for our Ashland Expansion and made sure the project went smoothly.
    He helped my wife plan my 40th surprise Birthday Party, I will always remember my 40th BD.
    He will be missed by all of us. We pray for him and his family.

  7. Chuck Renfrow Says:

    Gayle and Family,

    Bob’s passing is one of life’s realities that is difficult for us to accept . . . yet we must try to understand it.

    He is deeply embedded in in our hearts as a brother, husband, father and grandfather yet we must now learn to let him go from this life . . . may he rest in peace.

    I know that he loved each of us, and our memories of him will continue to provide strength and joy. We can all be grateful he shared part of his wonderful journey of nearly 74 trips around the sun with us.

    In his absence may we always treasure his gifts of love and laughter. He was a fine example of a kind and gentle man.

    Love to All. c. renfrow

  8. Andrew Hansen Says:

    Bob was a great leader and mentor to many young engineers during his career. I will always remember him urging me to call clients with questions, instead of sending emails, to ensure that we had a common understanding especially on contentious issues. Rest in peace Bob.

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