Former Kannapolis mayor, Bob Misenheimer, dies

Published 10:17 am Wednesday, January 22, 2020

KANNAPOLIS – Former Kannapolis Mayor Bob Misenheimer died Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the age of 88, after a period of failing health.

Misenheimer joined the Kannapolis City Council in 1989, and was elected to serve two terms as mayor, from 2005-2013.

Bob Misenheimer

His tenure as mayor included the following accomplishments: Securing a permanent source of drinking water for the city with the Interbasin Transfer Agreement; breaking ground on the North Carolina Research Campus; construction of the Kannapolis City Hall and Police Headquarters; celebrating the 100th birthday of the city of Kannapolis and sponsoring the 100th Habitat for Humanity House in Cabarrus County.

Before he became mayor, he was a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Kannapolis City School System from 1957-1980, and a principal in the Cabarrus County School System from 1980-1993. He served on the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees for 12 years, beginning in 2008. For 50 years, he served his church, New Gilead Reformed Church,  as a deacon, elder,  treasurer and chair of the Church and Ministry Committee.

He was also an active member of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority from 2003 to 2019.  He served in many capacities at NorthEast Medical Center, logging more than 3,000 volunteer hours and also served on the Board of Directors of the NorthEast Medical Center Foundation

He was on the SunTrust Bank Board of Advisors, the Cabarrus County Economic Development Corporation Board, the Cabarrus County Parks and Recreation Commission, the North Carolina League of Municipalities Transportation Committee, and participated in many more civic organizations.

He was married to Bernie Hileman for 62 years and has two children, Mary and Kathy, and three grandchildren, Robert Zieser -Misenheimer, Elizabeth Zieser-Misenheimer and Robinson Price.

“I was saddened by the news of the passing of Bob Misenheimer today. As a teacher and a principal, he devoted his life to educating children to ensure they had the opportunities they needed to succeed. He was dedicated to the city of Kannapolis. He spent more than 24 years moving us forward as a city. The number of times he and I would collaborate on an issue that we deemed important for Kannapolis are innumerable. When I last saw him, he was excited about the direction that our community was headed. Thanks Bob, for the devotion that you had for the future of Kannapolis,” Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant commented. “Our condolences to Bernie, his daughters, and grandchildren.

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