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Robert B. Kellogg Jr.

July 9, 1950 — March 8, 2024


Robert "Bob" Barkdull Kellogg, Jr., age 73, of Hendersonville, Tennessee passed away on Friday, March 8th, 2024 following a brief hospitalization and a valiant fight against pneumonia and respiratory illness. Bob was born July 9th, 1950 to Frances T. and Robert B. Kellogg in Lewes, Delaware. Bob's family moved from Wilmington, Delaware to Hendersonville, Tennessee when he was a teenager. Bob was the oldest of three brothers.

Bob graduated from Camden Military Academy in Camden, South Carolina.  He resided in Camden for a few more years, while employed by DuPont. Bob relocated back to Tennessee, making his home first in Nashville, then in Hendersonville. Bob worked with Dallas Glass, installing windows at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville during its original construction. Bob also worked over a decade in the restaurant business, managing various establishments, including Duff's Smorgasbord. Bob enjoyed a 20 year career with Lenscrafters in lab management until he took his early retirement. Bob was not quite ready for full retirement, and he became a courier for A Better Courier Company (ABC) in Nashville, where he was employed the past 16 years.

Bob was a hard working man who was dedicated to his loved ones and his career. Bob was focused on excellence and doing everything to the very best of his ability.  He was always coming up with ideas and inventions on how to improve and do things better. Bob was an American Patriot. He always loved, supported and served his country in any way he could.  Bob was a Space Shuttle buff, NASA enthusiast, astronomer, and Trekkie (Star Trek fan 🖖). He always dreamed of being an astronaut. He was amazed by the infinity, vastness, and mysteries of time, space and the Universe. Bob was an amateur winemaker and had a real knack for it.  He won 3rd place with his Sweet Red wine, and also won 2nd place with his Peach Blush wine, the very first time he entered his wines into the Wilson County Fair in Tennessee. His wines were selected and awarded from over 300 total homemade wine entries.

Bob was a very kind and generous person and was well loved by his  friends and family. Bob had a quick wit, loved to laugh, and he loved to make those around him smile and laugh. He brought sunshine with him wherever he went.  He was compassionate, giving and caring. Bob was a loving, devoted husband and friend to his former wife of 30 years. Bob loved reading, and he dreamed of writing and authoring his own books.  He was very skilled with the written word and preferred the "old school" ways of communicating over new technology. He loved writing, and adored sending and receiving letters and cards in the mail. He loved meeting up and talking face to face, or by telephone. Texting and social media were not things he participated in, because he said they were impersonal, and not good ways to communicate.

Bob was a nature lover. Hiking was one of his favorite pastimes. He hiked scenic trails and climbed several mountains in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, his favorite being Mount LeConte. His dream was to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Bob was an animal lover. He especially adored his pet cats. It is comforting to know that all of Bob's beloved pets, who passed on before him, were there to greet him at the Rainbow Bridge. Bob was an avid bird enthusiast and enjoyed all the wildlife that visited him daily including birds, deer, and squirrels.  

Bob loved being in and on the water. He grew up on Old Hickory Lake and enjoyed boating and water skiing throughout his lifetime. He also loved sailing and knew how to navigate using the stars and constellations. Bob enjoyed biking, motorcycling and ziplining. Bob also took flying lessons, which was one of his greatest joys. Bob enjoyed traveling in Mexico and exploring the Mayan ruins. He also visited many destinations in the Caribbean and loved learning and experiencing the unique cultures, histories and traditions of each island. He loved the ocean, the beaches and scuba diving. He was very proud of his shark dives, dolphin dives and stingray dives. Bob had a very full, happy and adventurous life.

Bob knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  May we take comfort in knowing that Jesus prepared a place for Bob, and for us as well. Bob is in his Heavenly home, in God's kingdom and presence at this very moment, and forevermore. All of Heaven rejoices that another one of God's children is safe and at home in our Heavenly Father's everlasting arms. 

Bob chose to be cremated. A private ceremony will be held for scattering his ashes at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, Bob wanted donations to be made in his memory to a local no kill pet shelter: 
True Rescue
12110 Lebanon Rd.
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

Bob, you touched so many lives. You are deeply missed and loved by your surviving family and friends. You left a void in our lives that no one can fill. You were one of a kind. Thank God in Heaven we will see you again one sweet day.  Bob, until we meet again, we will always carry your memory in our hearts. 

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