While in the Navy he met his wife of 58 years, Wanda Criswell. The couple lived in the Dallas area the majority of that time where they made a home for two children, Greg and Janet. He was a very involved husband and father. Bob was a member of the Cockrell Hill Church of Christ. He worked at Texas Instruments for 23 years as a machinist until he took early retirement. After TI, he worked for over 10 years at DFW airport, driving passengers to and from the car rental facilities. He ended his career at Manheim auto auction. A fan of western movies and working on his cars, Robert would light up when around his grand-children, Justin and Paige. He took them on their vacations, attending baseball games and dance recitals.
Robert fought through many illnesses over the years and at 79 he completed his treatment to fight lung cancer. He never complained or wanted to quit. When asked how he was feeling, he always said he was “good” and smiled. Robert spent the last year at Grace Presbyterian Village with his wife. He continued to meet and make new friends and has left each of them with a smile. The family would like to thank the staff at Grace, the staff at the Texas Oncology Center, and the nurses at Methodist Charlton for the compassion, care and respect they provided. Robert leaves a wife, two children, two grandchildren, and family in the New England area, Arizona, and Texas.
Our husband, father, grandfather, and brother may be gone, but he will always be in our hearts.
Graveside services begin at 10:15 am, at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Those attending the service should be in Lane B at 10:00 am.