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Robert S. "Bob" Wenning

Obituary for Robert S. "Bob" Wenning

October 21, 1942 - March 3, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 75


Robert S. "Bob" Wenning went to be with Jesus on March 3rd, 2018. His steadfastness and kindness were evident in his death as much as they were present during his life. Bob came to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ in his later years, which provides great joy to his family, who look forward to a future reunion.

Bob was born in Corpus Christi, TX on October 21, 1942. He graduated W.B. Ray High School in 1960, attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Texas Tech University with a mechanical engineering degree in 1964. Upon graduating, he also earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech. After serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers he began his career with Dupont in Wilmington, DE, spent over 15 years at Abbott Laboratories in Dallas and finished his career with his treasured TBM Consulting Group in Durham, NC.

Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Dementia, his battle was long but his passing was short and peaceful. Despite the difficult disease that diminished his brain and deteriorated his body, as in all things he did, he never complained, never wavered and his kindness and respect to all were fully present throughout. He impacted many nurses and caregivers who lovingly assisted him in his final years, for whom the family is very grateful.

Bob is remembered by his family for his patience, kindness, gentleness, intellect, faithfulness, wisdom, integrity and humility. While he had a very successful business career and accomplished much professionally, he valued time with his family as more precious than any public accolade. Bob was a committed husband and a devoted father. He rarely missed a chance to coach his children's sports teams, help with homework, lead an Indian Guides/Princess campout or create a new apparatus to make an everyday task easier. Most who knew him wouldn't be surprised by his undefeated record at his children's Pinewood Derby car races, but his family remembers him much more for the sentimental, heartfelt letters he wrote each Christmas to his loved ones.

He enjoyed hiking (summiting Long's Peak in Colorado at age 60), Mexican food, working out at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, sailing at Corinthian Sailing Club on White Rock Lake in Dallas, playing golf at MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, NC, learning new cultures while traveling internationally and reading about personal finance. More than anything else, however, he loved spending time with his family, especially at WenBar Ranch in the Texas Hill Country.

Bob is survived by his committed and loving wife, Sandy, his children Julie Wenning Giesenschlag, Kristin Wenning Cowden, Craig Wenning and their respective spouses, Brian Giesenschlag, Allen Cowden, and Julie Wenning. He was also blessed with nine grandchildren. Bob was affectionately known as MeDad to Zachary, Brock and Ava Giesenschlag of Cincinnati, OH, Jack, Luke and Lucy Cowden of Austin, TX and Caleb, Davis and Avery Wenning of Dallas, TX. He is also survived by his cousin Stacy R. Barton. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Lucy and John Wenning. While not of kin, Carol, his devoted and compassionate personal caregiver in his final years, has a special place in the family's hearts.

Bob's ashes will be scattered at a private family service at his favorite place on Earth – the WenBar Ranch. A public memorial service will be held at The Sanctuary, 2614 Exposition Blvd., Austin, Texas 78703 at 1:30 pm on March 23, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family would covet your prayers, appreciate hearing your favorite memory of Bob or would love the thought of you serving someone else in need in his honor. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers would be appreciated for Need Him Ministries, Dallas TX, or the Brain Support Network. Donations can be made in memory of Robert Wenning by check mailed to Brain Support Network, PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA 94026, or by credit card at

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