LONGVIEW — Robert H. "Bob" Boyett Jr., 88, of Longview, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at his other home with his daughter in Dripping Springs, Texas.
Bob was born October 22, 1924, in Marshall, Texas, to Robert H. Boyett Sr. and Thelma Moore Boyett.
He attended Texas A&M University
, where he played in the Aggieland Orchestra and studied engineering until the war interrupted. He enlisted in the U.S. Army
Air Corps on December 14, 1942, went through pilot training and graduated 2nd Lt. with the AAC pilot rating. Before Bob's departure for the European theatre, where he flew 50 missions as a P47 combat pilot, he married his high school sweetheart Dorothy Lake.
After returning from World War II as a 1st Lt. with many decorations and citations, Bob returned to Texas A&M and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. Bob retired from Texas Eastman in 1983 after 27 years, rich in many accomplishments, major projects and an outstanding record as a supervising engineer.
He helped shape the lives of many young professionals in his life, as well as helping form good character in young baseball players, scouts working on badges, youth groups at church, band members on trips or just setting a great example in his daily life. In Dorothy's own words "Good son, good husband, good father – there isn't anyone else like him".
Bob was also a member of First United Methodist Church, American Legion, VFW
, A&M Club and many organizations including Scottish Rite, Eastern Star, Sharon Shrine and Hallsville Masonic Lodge No. 169. He received his 60 year Masonic Service Award this year and is 1 of 5 generations of endowed members. Bob also enjoyed traveling, woodworking, fishing, music and friends.
Survivors include his wonderful wife of 69 years, Dorothy; daughter, Nancy Cunningham; son, David Boyett and wife, Sandie; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many loving friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and son-in-law, David Cunningham.
A gathering of friends and family to celebrate Bob's life will be graveside 1 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Rosewood Park under the direction of Rader Funeral Home in Longview. Those unable to attend the service may sign the guest book at www.raderfh.com
Memorials may be sent to the Shrine Hospital for Children, 6977 Main St., Houston, TX 77030, with acknowledgment to Dorothy at P.O. Box 1167, Dripping Springs, TX 78620.