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1946 Robert 2024

Robert Dale Breckenridge

February 21, 1946 — April 17, 2024

Robert Dale Breckenridge was born February 21st, 1946, in La Jolla, California to Mrs. Evelyn Morris Breckenridge and Melvin Lester Breckenridge, and raised by his mother and his “Pop”, Albert Inderlied. He was known early in his life, as Bobby Dale, or just Dale, later as Bob, but most recently just loved being Uncle Bob, Grandpa, Papa B, and Dad. Growing up he lived in Arkansas, Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma. He graduated high school in Coweta, Oklahoma, as a member of the class of 1965.

After graduation Bob attended Oklahoma State University on a wrestling scholarship, later deciding to leave college, Bob was drafted and joined the U.S. Air Force. He served in Vietnam, primarily stationed in Thailand, U Tapao AFB as a Boom Operator and Fuel Systems Mechanic. He was honorably discharged from the 70th Field Mechanics Squadron, Strategic Air Command (SAC) 1969, and transitioned the US Air National Guard.  He was decorated for his service and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Service Star for air campaigns, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Air Force Good Conduct medal.

During his Air National Guard service he was assigned to McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas. He attended Wichita State University and Butler County Community College earning degrees, and later entered civilian service with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as a Quality Assurance Representative. His federal service career continued through 1999; accounting for over 30 years of service to the US.

In 1972 while in Wichita, he met his wife, Barbara (daughter of Emma and James A. Lewis). Bob converted to Roman Catholicism was Baptized and Confirmed. Bob and Barbara were united in Holy Matrimony on April 20th, 1974, at All Saints Catholic Church in Wichita, Kansas, and they welcomed four children into their lives: Tara, Robert ‘Lew’, James, and Ivan.

Bob and Barbara became farmers and settled to raise their family in Waterville, Kansas. Bob was dedicated to the land and his animals, enjoyed old cars and mechanics. He loved camping and fishing with his brothers, Ivan and Melvin Breckenridge, his Father-in-Law, Jim Lewis, and his Brothers-in-Law Jerry Potvin, Arch Lewis, and close family friends. He adored visiting his children and grandchildren, pulling pranks on nephews, and taking photographs with all his nieces and nephews.  Most of all, he enjoyed a good laugh and bear hugs.

Bob planned and promised Barbara a trip to Rome for their 50th wedding anniversary; he fulfilled this promise. Bob passed peacefully in his sleep, departing this earthly life in Rome, Italy, in the early morning hours of April 17th, 2024, completing God’s plan. He was surrounded by his wife Barbara, daughter Tara, Son-in-Law Michael Greene, the Reverand Michael Romano (of the Pontifical North American College and Seminary), and caregiver-friend, Ms. Brooke Sterling, regarded by Bob and Barb as their blessing.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Evelyn (Morris-Breckenridge) Inderlied, Melvin Lester Breckenridge; his sister, Virginia Lee Breckenridge Fishinghawk; brothers William ‘Bill’, and Lawrence Inderlied, and extended family, including several nieces and nephews.

Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara, brothers, Melvin (Nancy), Talala, Oklahoma, and Ivan (Linda) Breckenridge, Atlanta, Kansas; children, Tara (Michael) Greene, Wentzville, Missouri; Robert ‘Lew’, Maplewood, New Jersey; Jim, Kansas City, Missouri, and Ivan (Jordana) Breckenridge, of North Platte, Nebraska. He is also survived by nine beloved grandchildren, Caroline, Emily, Dante, Branden, Ava, Audrey, Lucas, Margot, and Joseph.

Suggested Donations in Robert's memory:  Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital


Lunch Immediately Following Graveside Service:

Metropolitan Steakhouse

1501 Metropolitan Ave, 

Leavenworth KS 66048

Ph. 913-651-6624


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