1964 - 2014 Robert H. Taber of Port Arthur, TX died July 25, 2014 after a long 3 year battle with lung cancer. He was full of life and had a beautiful smile that warmed people's hearts. He will be greatly missed. Rob left the Army as a Staff Sergeant after serving 11 years. He is a veteran of the Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm of the Persian Gulf War serving as a cavalry scout in the 1st Squadron in the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division. Rob started his career in Germany, met his wife Wendi while serving at Fort Hood, served in Japan, and finished his distinguished career with medical supply at Fort Sam Houston. After the Army, Rob earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He taught high school in the San Antonio ISD for 2 years before moving to pursue a passion for big trucks and buses. He drove for VIA in San Antonio and for Fort Sam Houston. Finally Rob had his dream job. He engineered a train at the San Antonio Zoo. He had the hat and everything! Rob was born to Bruce and Betty Taber on October 14, 1964 in Lansing, Michigan. He grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan before moving to Florida with his family in 1982. He and Wendi moved from San Antonio to Port Arthur in 2012 to be closer to family during his fight. He is a member of Central Baptist Church in Port Arthur, TX where he loved to listen to Brother Phil. He learned a lot from him and was glad they moved to Port Arthur. He loved living in this area. His father Bruce Taber precedes Rob in death. His wife of 21 years, the former Wendi Jones of Port Neches, TX and their four-legged children - Dixie and Ruby - survive him. He is also survived by his mother, Betty Taber; sister, Laurie Donselar; brothers & sisters-in-law Rory & Laura Jones, Jon & Darla Jones, Chad & Teresa Shields and Chad & Tiffany Babineaux; mother-in-law Charlotte Jones and many nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held August 2, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 4545 Hwy 73, Port Arthur, TX. In lieu of flowers please donate to the
, Central Baptist Church.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 31, 2014