John Ronnie Kannard, 79, of Seguin, Texas was a beloved Husband, Father, Papaw, and PopPops. He was called to his eternal resting place on March 25, 2020. He entered this World on June 22, 1940, in Southside, West Virginia, born to Garland Kerr Kanniard and Pearl Jean (Spears) Kanniard. John was delivered at home by his mother and a midwife. John's last name was misspelled by the midwife on his birth certificate. When he joined the military they made him use Kannard instead of Kanniard due to this error.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years Betty Lou (Schulmeier; Sample, Scholl) Kannard, beloved dachshund Mini, Sons; Tracy (Jake) Kannard (Carla), Mark Scholl (Stacie). Daughters; Sherry Kannard, Connie Meares (Jeff), Kellie Harmon (Wayne), and Tracy Castro (Leonard). Grandchildren John (JW) Kannard, Allen Kannard, Donovan Kannard, Desiree Kannard, Kara Kannard, Traci Kannard, Jace Kannard, Latessa Crouch, Justin Timmerman, Staff Sgt Dorinda Petree, Brittney Lopez, Sgt Sidney Petree III, Bradie Petree, Sierra Caudill, Austin Caudill, Garrett Harmon, Nikki Sample, Brandi Sample, Clayton Sample, Taylor Scholl, Sheldon Scholl, Hunter Grimsley, and Hagen Castro. 24 Great Grandchildren and Brothers; Richard Kanniard, Harold Kanniard, and Charles Jenkins. sisters; Janice, Georgie Marcum, and Gwyneth. Special nieces Yvonne and Michelle and great nephew Ryan Schulmeier. Also, several "adopted" grandchildren that came and spent time with John and Betty. Just to name a few Mike Weddel, Dakota, Jackie, and Johnny.
He is preceded in death by his parents Garland Kanniard and Pearl Greathouse, son Jack Sample, and granddaughter Magnolia Castro, and brothers; Dencil Kanniard, Tommy Kanniard Sr.
John served in the United States Army from 1957-1980. He served his country for 21 years. He served two tours in the Vietnam War. He spent 17 of those years in the Army as an Aircraft Maintenance Senior Sergeant. He retired as SFC (E7).
After his retirement from the Army he spent 27 years working at Alamo Group in Seguin Texas, as Maintenance/Mechanic.
Once retired he spent his years playing with and loving on his grandchildren. He wasn't a big fan of cards or board games, but he played them daily just to put a smile on Betty's face. He loved to talk about his memories from Vietnam and his years in the Army. He was a good ole' boy, who loved watching Action movies with his dog Mini, riding his Harley, and spending time with family. He would attend functions for the grandchildren, and be the loudest one cheering at that event. He taught himself to play guitar and wrote several songs. When he was younger he loved to ride his horse. He loved to get in the truck with Betty to take a ride in the country to find a small cafe to dine at that they had never been too.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at Goetz Funeral Home in Seguin, Texas from 10am-2pm all family and friends are welcome. The family ask that you help everyone stay safe, as we practice social distancing and limiting crowd size to 10 people, feel free to come and go, and help us with one/two in one/two out. Please leave a special message on the tribute wall for the family.
There will be a Celebration of Life/Funeral with Military Honors on June 22, 2020 at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park, time to be determined at a later date.