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Obituary for Robert W. Kissinger

Bob passed away on November 23, 2023, at home. He is now at peace after battling Lewy Body Dementia/Disease for a few years.

Bob was born in Troy, NY to Robert L. Kissinger and Dorothy (Riley) Kissinger on October 16, 1942. He graduated from Tamarac High School in 1960. He went into the Marine Corp from high school and served during the Vietnam action. When he was through, he moved back to the Troy, NY area and worked at G.E. in Schenectady briefly before moving to Vermont and worked at IBM in Essex Jct., until his retirement. After retirement from IBM, he did various jobs both in the Burlington area and in Tucson AZ. His last ‘job’ was his best, helping out with the grandchildren.

Bob led an athletic lifestyle. He had varied interests when it came to sports and activities. He enjoyed both team sports and doing things on his own. One of his greatest joys was coaching little league both for his son’s team and many years later for his grandson and granddaughter; and then he coached just for fun. Some of his other interests/hobbies were hunting; scuba diving and finding treasures; fishing with his boat and down riggers; swimming; skiing; hiking; searching for treasures in the AZ mountains; bowling league; softball league. In doing these activities, he always enjoyed working with children and teaching them. He also enjoyed watching sports on TV such as football, NASCAR; horse racing; little league world playoffs.

In recent years, Trinity Presbyterian Church became a special place to him. He enjoyed his many conversations with Pastor Seth.

If there were no activities going on and nothing on TV, then he was up for a nice long drive and eating out.

Robert is survived by his wife Bertha (Young) of Fairfax, his son Robert (Rob) and wife Kimberly of Fairfax, and his two grandchildren – Dylan and Olivia – the apples of his eye! He also leaves his siblings: Keith (Pam) of Ballston Spa, NY, Tamara in Austin TX, and Mark (Dee) of Florida. Bob is also survived by his sisters-in-law Martha Ponder and Kathy French (Brian) and by many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents, his dear sister Judy Laliberte, brother Eric, and sister Pamela.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA); Franklin County Hospice. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Nurse Heather and all the team from Hospice for their loving care during the past three weeks.

Visiting hours will be held at AW Rich funeral home in Fairfax VT on Monday November 27, 2023 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, St. Albans on Tuesday November 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Burial in Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center, VT with date & time to be announced here.

A livestream can be seen at for those of you that cannot attend his services.