Robert Dean Kiddie, Sr.

 

Robert Dean Kiddie, Sr.
Robert Dean Kiddie, Sr.

Robert Dean Kiddie, Sr., 65, of Amarillo, Texas, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2024, after a long battle of on-going health issues. Despite these issues, he fought the good fight until his last breath.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 5, 2024, at 2 p.m. in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. G. A. Roach officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Robert was born in Cortez, Colorado, on September 30, 1958, to Robert Lee and Reva June (Ary) Kiddie. He soon moved to Farmington, New Mexico and lived there until he was 6-years-old. After his mom married Ed Floersheim, he lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico until the age of 12, and relocated to Clovis, New Mexico in 1970.  While in Clovis, he attended Gattis Junior High and graduated from Clovis High School. He was quite the athlete while he was in school. He loved running track. While in high school, he met Gina Chavez. They married in 1976 and welcomed their first child, Selena. Two years later, they welcomed a son, Robert “Bobby”. Their marriage ended in divorce, but they remained friends until her death in 2018. After their divorce, he moved to Denver, Colorado and lived there for 27 years until moving to Amarillo to be closer to his kids and grandkids.

Robert was a natural storyteller and jokester. He had a way of connecting with people. He was also fluent in a few languages: English, Spanish, and Sarcasm (a deep-rooted, family trait). He enjoyed playing golf and card games, specifically Rummy. He was often considered to be a great listener and had a way of helping others. He found a higher purpose in helping others through Alcoholics Anonymous. Until his death, he attended and served in AA, including mentoring and sponsoring others.

He is preceded in death by his father, Robert “Bob” Kiddie, his mother, June Floersheim, his stepfather, Ed Floersheim, his sister, Elizabeth Floersheim, the mother of his children, Gina Gwinn, and his beloved dogs, Gracie and Sebastian.

He is survived by his daughter, Selena Smith and husband Steve of Amarillo, Texas, his son, Rob (Bobby) Kiddie and girlfriend Julia Manning of Round Rock, Texas; his grandchildren, Jake Arellano and wife Andee of Grapevine, Texas, Jordan and Sienna Smith of Amarillo, Texas, Dean Kiddie of Georgetown, Texas, and Alana Tobeck of Round Rock, Texas; one brother, George Kiddie and wife Melinda of Farmington, New Mexico; three sisters, Patty Miles and husband Stan of Corsicana, Texas, Andrea James and husband Eric of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Mary Teresa Floersheim of Taos, New Mexico, and many nieces and nephews to carry on the storytelling and jokes.

Robert devoted much of his time to the Alcoholics Anonymous program. In lieu of flowers or plants, please consider donating to your local Alcoholics Anonymous chapter.

5 Replies to “Robert Dean Kiddie, Sr.”

  1. So sad to hear of Robert’s passing. We, our family, loved him. He was a big part of our lives for many years. I was praying for him just the other day though I didn’t know of his struggles. Rest in peace Robert. Condolences to the family.

  2. I look forward to honoring his life at the memorial service, and by continuing to carry the message of recovery

  3. Selena and Bobby Dean I am heart broken by the news of your dad
    Blessings to you and your entire family
    🙏 🤲

  4. Robert sat with me for 2 hours when I came back to alcoholics anonymous and I don’t know if my life would be where it is today if it weren’t for him. Even gave me a ride after the meeting. I tell people I walked to my first meeting and left in a jaguar. He was a wonderful addition to our program and is already missed greatly by many of us.

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