KYANKO, Robert (Bob) Roderick, died November 15, 2013, in Prescott, AZ.
Surviving Bob are his loving wife, Rhonda Jones Kyanko; his two sons, Rob and Chris; and his three granddaughters, Crystal, Selena and Ana.
Born May 2, 1938, in Barton, OH, to the late Stephen and Elizabeth Kyanko, Bob was the oldest of seven siblings, Ronald (deceased,) Richard, Raymond, Roderick, Rose Marie, Ralph and Reginald.
From his humble beginning as the son of a coal miner, Bob was well known for his diverse interests that began with eight years at St. John Vianney Seminary, Bloomingdale, OH, where he earned a degree in philosophy.
He served in the Air National Guard, followed by 21 distinguished years in the Secret Service. Bob also created and managed Systems America, a successful computer company, for 15 years. He later obtained a culinary degree driven by his passion for food and drink.
As a father, he was tough and very loving at the same time. He mentored his sons and provided them experience with two different businesses leading each son to develop their own successful business. Bob's "soft side" came out with his granddaughters, and he visibly glowed in their presence. He also thought of his Yorkies, Finnegan I and II and Running Bear, as people with loving souls.
Bob was a perfectionist in his hobbies, stain glass making, woodworking, jewelry making, culinary skills, landscaping, and photography. He was most passionate about helping people and connecting to the Divine. A compassionate, kind and true gentleman, Bob valued his neighbors and community of Granite Springs in Prescott.
He was a strong patriot, embracing this country's true values. When he died, he had a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States on his desk.
Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Wilson Funeral Home, 920 National Road Brookside, with wake at 5:30 p.m. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Wolfhurst, with Fr. John Mucha as celebrant, Entombment will follow at Holly Memorial Garden Mausoleum, Colerain, OH.
A memorial service will be held at Unity of Prescott, 145 Arizona St., Prescott, AZ 86303 on December 7 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Robert's memory to the Barton Volunteer Fire Department.