Robert L Emery
Robert “Bob” Lewis Emery, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away the 17th day of June, 2016.
Bob was born and delivered by his Uncle Oscar, in Abilene, Texas on the 24th of July, 1939. One of four sons of Lewis Vernon Emery and Lourene Westbrook Emery, he met and married the love of his life Elizabeth Ferguson while stationed at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama in 1963. To describe Bob: ethical, honest, giving, sentimental, faithful, lover of life with an incredible sense of humor.
Bob was one-of-a-kind; successful in his career but more importantly in his life with his friends and family. His greatest joy was spending time with his wife and family. He was always front and center for every grandchild’s sporting and academic events. He absolutely loved spoiling them.
Bob was slow to anger and quick to make you laugh. Affectionately known as “Captain God”, he was a pilot for 20 years with Gulf Oil Corporation in Houston, Texas, where he retired as Chief Pilot. He later started a successful consulting company, Emery Aviation Services using the same logo as his father’s company, Executive Aircraft Services. Bob was well respected for his work ethic and knowledge of all things aviation, so much so that he never advertised or sought business - the business came to him. For him, it was more about relationship and less about the money, he loved what he did and loved the relationships built through the business. So many business associates became close friends - a true testament to his character.
Bob and his wife lived in Friendswood and enjoyed entertaining in their home and traveling the world together. They especially loved their place in Cabo San Lucas and never missed a summer there.
Bob’s second love was his 1955 candy apple red T-Bird, which he purchased during his rough necking days in Ventura, California and continued to work on, drive and show throughout his life. There was nothing mechanical that he couldn’t fix.
He was an Eagle Scout and member of the QB society. He was well known and beloved for his non-stop stories and sense of humor. His wife always said you knew when Bob was telling a story because his lips were moving.
He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother William Ralph Emery.
Bob is survived by his wife of 52 years Marion Elizabeth Emery, son Mark Robert Emery and his wife Melissa, daughter Leslie Emery Perryman and her husband Jeff, grandchildren Alexis and Samantha Reid, and Miles and Marissa Emery, brother Richard Westbrook Emery and his wife Gay, brother Joe Michael Emery, sister-in-law Kim Richardson Emery and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and countless friends.
A special thanks to the staffs at Atria Westchase and Hospice Plus for their care of Bob in his final days.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, June 25th at 11:30 AM at Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX, 281-482-7821 with visitation starting at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Bob Emery team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s: http://act.alz.org/goto/bobemery