Robert B. Kilcullen Obituary

Robert B. Kilcullen

Robert B. Kilcullen of Denver, Colorado, formerly of the Dallas, Texas area died on Saturday, August 24 in the presence of his family, following a period of declining health. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Estelle and Bernard Kilcullen, on May 13, 1934, and married Kathryn Hall on June 23, 1962, in Waterloo, Iowa. Bob graduated from Southwest High School in St. Louis and received a scholarship to Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, where he majored in Art and lettered 4 years in football. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears where he played for 9 years as a defensive end and tackle. Kilcullen was a member of the 1963 Chicago Bear World Championship Team, defeating the New York Giants. He was drafted simultaneously and served in the U.S. Army in 1959 and 1960. For several years Kilcullen pursued his art career simultaneously in the Chicago area with commission work from various companies including Arthur Anderson and Andy Frain Inc. He had a successful one man show at the former Marshall Field Art Gallery in 1966. In 1970 he was licensed as a commodity broker by the Chicago Board of Trade and worked for Barnes Brokerage in St. Louis. In 1973 he received a patent for a child development toy. Kilcullen received his Real Estate License and moved to Dallas in 1973 specializing in Commercial Real Estate Sales. The highlight of his real estate career was locating and assembling the land to be chosen by John Murchison and Harry Parker of the Dallas Museum of Art to be the new site for this museum to be moved from Fair Park. This museum and the property assembled was the beginning of the development of the contiguous area in downtown Dallas known as the Dallas Arts District. In 1985 Kilcullen exhibited his own bronze horse head sculpture in the Art Museum’s Look, Touch and Feel exhibit. In 1978-1983 Kilcullen served on the Greater Dallas Board of Realtors Public Relations Committee and initiated the Outdoor Junior Tennis Program and tournament sponsored by the GBDBR. In the 1980’sserving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Girls Club of Dallas he arranged for 12 deserving Girls Club members to fly to Paris for the Opening of the Musee de Orsay and tour of the city. In 1984, as president of the NFL Alumni, Dallas Chapter, Kilcullen along with Lee Roy Jordon and Jim Ray Smith, in cooperation with the Dallas Cowboy’s launched the 1rst Annual Welcome Home Cowboy Luncheon. This charitable event continues today to benefit numerous charities including the Neurofibromatosis Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs and the Cowboy’s Charitable Foundation. Throughout his Commercial Real Estate Career and since his retirement in 2001, Kilcullen, has continued to pursue his art in various diverse ways, constructing furniture, life size bronze sculpture, found object sculpture, figurative and abstract oil paintings and works on paper. A bronze crucifix he designed is installed in the chapel of The Prince of Peace Catholic Church, in Plano, Texas. He exhibited his found art sculpture in the yearly Texas Sculpture Association shows in the 1990’s and the NFL sponsored Smocks and Jocks Exhibits held during Super Bowl Weekend. In 1993 Kilcullen exhibited three of his impressive large found object sculptures at the OK Harris Art Gallery in New York City. He has continued to contribute his art to raise funds and support various charitable organizations. Bobs parents and brother Barney preceded him in death and he is survived by his wife Katie, and children, Timothy Kilcullen, of Denver, Christopher (Tyra) Kilcullen, of Evergreen, Co. Courtney Kilcullen, Denver, Meagan Kilcullen, Denver and 3 grandchildren, Ansel (Lauren), Kilcullen, Charleston, South Carolina, Aiden Baker, Pilot Point, Tx., Julayne Kilcullen, San Diego, Ca, brother Tom (Jan), Kilcullen, sister, Diane Heigel of St. Louis. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:00 on Friday, September 6, at Christ the King Church on 8th and Elm Street, in Denver. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer any donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude Hospital or charity of your choice.
May 13, 1934 - August 24, 201905/13/193408/24/2019
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Robert B. Kilcullen of Denver, Colorado, formerly of the Dallas, Texas area died on Saturday, August 24 in the presence of his family, following a period of declining health. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Estelle and Bernard Kilcullen, on May 13, 1934, and married Kathryn Hall on June 23, 1962, in Waterloo, Iowa. Bob graduated from Southwest High School in St. Louis and received a scholarship to Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, where he majored in Art and lettered 4 years in...

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