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Obit: Robert "Bobby" Ray Petter, Sr. (1937-2013)

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  • Laura Pilgrim
    My twin brother, Bobby Petter passed away last week. He had a massive heart attack at the age of 50 and has been battling with heart disease for the last 25
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 6, 2013
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      My twin brother, "Bobby" Petter passed away last week.  He had a massive heart attack at the age of 50 and has been battling with heart disease for the last 25 years, but he never stopped loving other people more than himself.  No one was more proud of being "Czech" than he was. No one was more proud of him than I was. This obituary, the hardest thing I ever tried to write, will appear in this coming Sunday's 'Houston Chronicle', with two photos.   I miss him so much. 
      Laura "Lolly" Petter Pilgrim
       

      Obituary:   Robert Ray “Bobby” Petter

      Robert Ray “Bobby” Petter, age 75, of Dickinson, Texas passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, following an extended struggle with heart disease.  Bob was born October 2, 1937 near West Columbia, Texas to Frank and Annie (Pohl) Petter.  Following graduation from West Columbia High School and Wharton County Junior College, he obtained a BSCE degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in 1962.   He married Elizabeth Mahavier in 1964 and had one son, Robert Ray Petter, Jr.

       

      During his school years he worked for the Texas Highway Department and was the site inspector for the re-construction of the Brazos River Bridge in Brazoria, TX in 1958, and the chief construction surveyor for the Alvin By Pass (Hwy 35) in 1962.  Bob was inducted into the U.S. Army (Army Materiel Command) in 1962 and detailed to Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona as an engineer, followed by an assignment with the Arctic Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska in 1963.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1968 having proudly served two years of active duty and four years in the Reserves.  Following active duty he was employed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and spent duty time with the Galveston District, the Fort Worth District,  and the Middle East Division (headquartered in Winchester, Virginia) which required extensive travel both in the U.S. and overseas, including Egypt.  He retired as Chief of Structural Engineering Section, Galveston District.  His civil and structural project experience also gained him a position with Bernard Johnson Inc. in Houston to work with the construction plans for the Texas Viaduct in The Texarkana, Texas Urban Renewal Program as well as several other flood control, bridge design and seawater projects.

       

      Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Annie Petter.  He is lovingly remembered by his son Robert R. Petter, Jr. of Houston; his brother Marvin Frank Petter and wife Virginia, of West Columbia; his twin sister Laura “Lolly” Pilgrim and husband Billy of Houston; nieces, Rebecca “Becky” Schaider and Carolyn Laurette Crisp; nephew Michael A. Petter; grand nieces and nephews; and many other cherished relatives and friends.  He touched the lives of everyone who knew him and never met a stranger.  He helped anyone who asked no matter what their request.  He loved to talk and could go on for hours, especially about politics.  Being proud of his Czech heritage he traveled to the Czech Republic to visit the homeland of his grandfather, Frank Anton Petter, who emigrated from Moravia (CR) to Texas in 1891.  He would correct anyone who referred to him as a Bohemian and let them know he was a Moravian.   He longed to continue his travels after his retirement, his greatest regret being that his health prevented it.  His older brother, Marvin, had a paver installed at the W.C. Veterans Park in West Columbia, TX.  It reads as follows:  “Robert Petter – U S Army Ordnance – Yuma Proving grounds – CRTC – Mos 509.34. – 1962-1968”. 

       

      Bob chose to be cremated.  There will be a gathering of friends and family at the Houston National Cemetery (10410 Veterans Memorial Drive) later this fall for the inurnment service.  His family wishes to thank all his caregivers who tried everything they could to prolong his life.  In lieu of flowers, a Tribute Gift to St. Luke’s Hospital at http://www.stlukestexas.com/Giving/Tribute-Gift.cfm will be appreciated.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at:  www.waltripfuneraldirectors.com.  Bobby will be missed by all who knew him.

       
    • fayelee39aol
      Laura I just returned from Europe. I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. May you have peace and I continue to pray for you and your family. All Czechs
      Message 2 of 4 , Sep 19, 2013
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        Laura
        I just returned from Europe. I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. May you have peace and I continue to pray for you and your family. All Czechs stick together...... For we and our ancestors have been thru much
        God bless. Cullis 

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        On Sep 6, 2013, at 10:27 AM, "Laura Pilgrim" <laura.pilgrim@...> wrote:

         

        My twin brother, "Bobby" Petter passed away last week.  He had a massive heart attack at the age of 50 and has been battling with heart disease for the last 25 years, but he never stopped loving other people more than himself.  No one was more proud of being "Czech" than he was. No one was more proud of him than I was. This obituary, the hardest thing I ever tried to write, will appear in this coming Sunday's 'Houston Chronicle', with two photos.   I miss him so much. 
        Laura "Lolly" Petter Pilgrim
         

        Obituary:   Robert Ray “Bobby” Petter

        Robert Ray “Bobby” Petter, age 75, of Dickinson, Texas passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, following an extended struggle with heart disease.  Bob was born October 2, 1937 near West Columbia, Texas to Frank and Annie (Pohl) Petter.  Following graduation from West Columbia High School and Wharton County Junior College, he obtained a BSCE degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in 1962.   He married Elizabeth Mahavier in 1964 and had one son, Robert Ray Petter, Jr.

         

        During his school years he worked for the Texas Highway Department and was the site inspector for the re-construction of the Brazos River Bridge in Brazoria, TX in 1958, and the chief construction surveyor for the Alvin By Pass (Hwy 35) in 1962.  Bob was inducted into the U.S. Army (Army Materiel Command) in 1962 and detailed to Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona as an engineer, followed by an assignment with the Arctic Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska in 1963.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1968 having proudly served two years of active duty and four years in the Reserves.  Following active duty he was employed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and spent duty time with the Galveston District, the Fort Worth District,  and the Middle East Division (headquartered in Winchester, Virginia) which required extensive travel both in the U.S. and overseas, including Egypt.  He retired as Chief of Structural Engineering Section, Galveston District.  His civil and structural project experience also gained him a position with Bernard Johnson Inc. in Houston to work with the construction plans for the Texas Viaduct in The Texarkana, Texas Urban Renewal Program as well as several other flood control, bridge design and seawater projects.

         

        Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Annie Petter.  He is lovingly remembered by his son Robert R. Petter, Jr. of Houston; his brother Marvin Frank Petter and wife Virginia, of West Columbia; his twin sister Laura “Lolly” Pilgrim and husband Billy of Houston; nieces, Rebecca “Becky” Schaider and Carolyn Laurette Crisp; nephew Michael A. Petter; grand nieces and nephews; and many other cherished relatives and friends.  He touched the lives of everyone who knew him and never met a stranger.  He helped anyone who asked no matter what their request.  He loved to talk and could go on for hours, especially about politics.  Being proud of his Czech heritage he traveled to the Czech Republic to visit the homeland of his grandfather, Frank Anton Petter, who emigrated from Moravia (CR) to Texas in 1891.  He would correct anyone who referred to him as a Bohemian and let them know he was a Moravian.   He longed to continue his travels after his retirement, his greatest regret being that his health prevented it.  His older brother, Marvin, had a paver installed at the W.C. Veterans Park in West Columbia, TX.  It reads as follows:  “Robert Petter – U S Army Ordnance – Yuma Proving grounds – CRTC – Mos 509.34. – 1962-1968”. 

         

        Bob chose to be cremated.  There will be a gathering of friends and family at the Houston National Cemetery (10410 Veterans Memorial Drive) later this fall for the inurnment service.  His family wishes to thank all his caregivers who tried everything they could to prolong his life.  In lieu of flowers, a Tribute Gift to St. Luke’s Hospital at http://www.stlukestexas.com/Giving/Tribute-Gift.cfm will be appreciated.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at:  www.waltripfuneraldirectors.com.  Bobby will be missed by all who knew him.

         

      • Laura
        Dear Cullis, Your kind words mean more than you can know. I was unable to visit him during the almost three months he was hospitalized as I was undergoing
        Message 3 of 4 , Sep 21, 2013
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          Dear Cullis, Your kind words mean more than you can know. I was unable to visit him during the almost three months he was hospitalized as I was undergoing cancer treatment myself. Bobby and I talked by phone every day until he was put on life support and could no longer speak. We were very close and I love and miss him so very much.
          Laura (Lolly) Petter Pilgrim

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          > Laura
          > I just returned from Europe. I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. May you have peace and I continue to pray for you and your family. All Czechs stick together...... For we and our ancestors have been thru much
          > God bless. Cullis
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          > Sent from my iPhone
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          > On Sep 6, 2013, at 10:27 AM, "Laura Pilgrim" <laura.pilgrim@...> wrote:
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          > > My twin brother, "Bobby" Petter passed away last week. He had a massive heart attack at the age of 50 and has been battling with heart disease for the last 25 years, but he never stopped loving other people more than himself. No one was more proud of being "Czech" than he was. No one was more proud of him than I was. This obituary, the hardest thing I ever tried to write, will appear in this coming Sunday's 'Houston Chronicle', with two photos. I miss him so much.
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          > > Robert Ray “Bobby” Petter, age 75, of Dickinson, Texas passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, following an extended struggle with heart disease. Bob was born October 2, 1937 near West Columbia, Texas to Frank and Annie (Pohl) Petter. Following graduation from West Columbia High School and Wharton County Junior College, he obtained a BSCE degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in 1962. He married Elizabeth Mahavier in 1964 and had one son, Robert Ray Petter, Jr.
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          > > During his school years he worked for the Texas Highway Department and was the site inspector for the re-construction of the Brazos River Bridge in Brazoria, TX in 1958, and the chief construction surveyor for the Alvin By Pass (Hwy 35) in 1962. Bob was inducted into the U.S. Army (Army Materiel Command) in 1962 and detailed to Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona as an engineer, followed by an assignment with the Arctic Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska in 1963. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1968 having proudly served two years of active duty and four years in the Reserves. Following active duty he was employed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and spent duty time with the Galveston District, the Fort Worth District, and the Middle East Division (headquartered in Winchester, Virginia) which required extensive travel both in the U.S. and overseas, including Egypt. He retired as Chief of Structural Engineering Section, Galveston District. His civil and structural project experience also gained him a position with Bernard Johnson Inc. in Houston to work with the construction plans for the Texas Viaduct in The Texarkana, Texas Urban Renewal Program as well as several other flood control, bridge design and seawater projects.
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          > > Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Annie Petter. He is lovingly remembered by his son Robert R. Petter, Jr. of Houston; his brother Marvin Frank Petter and wife Virginia, of West Columbia; his twin sister Laura “Lolly” Pilgrim and husband Billy of Houston; nieces, Rebecca “Becky” Schaider and Carolyn Laurette Crisp; nephew Michael A. Petter; grand nieces and nephews; and many other cherished relatives and friends. He touched the lives of everyone who knew him and never met a stranger. He helped anyone who asked no matter what their request. He loved to talk and could go on for hours, especially about politics. Being proud of his Czech heritage he traveled to the Czech Republic to visit the homeland of his grandfather, Frank Anton Petter, who emigrated from Moravia (CR) to Texas in 1891. He would correct anyone who referred to him as a Bohemian and let them know he was a Moravian. He longed to continue his travels after his retirement, his greatest regret being that his health prevented it. His older brother, Marvin, had a paver installed at the W.C. Veterans Park in West Columbia, TX. It reads as follows: “Robert Petter â€" U S Army Ordnance â€" Yuma Proving grounds â€" CRTC â€" Mos 509.34. â€" 1962-1968”.
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          > > Bob chose to be cremated. There will be a gathering of friends and family at the Houston National Cemetery (10410 Veterans Memorial Drive) later this fall for the inurnment service. His family wishes to thank all his caregivers who tried everything they could to prolong his life. In lieu of flowers, a Tribute Gift to St. Luke’s Hospital at http://www.stlukestexas.com/Giving/Tribute-Gift.cfm will be appreciated. Online condolences may be shared with the family at: www.waltripfuneraldirectors.com. Bobby will be missed by all who knew him.
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        • Cheryl Shaw
          My sincere sympathy on the loss of your brother...May God grant you all peace and comfort during this difficult time. Cheryl Gaydos Shaw
          Message 4 of 4 , Sep 22, 2013
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            My sincere sympathy on the loss of your brother...May God grant you all
            peace and comfort during this difficult time. Cheryl Gaydos Shaw
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