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Robert Carey Deckard, known as "Bo" during his younger years and Bob in later life, age 56, went to be with The Lord on October 15, 2010. He passed away at his home near Austin after two years of dealing with challenging health problems. During that time he faced those problems with great courage and determination. Deckard was born in Austin and spent the majority of his youth growing up in San Antonio. He graduated from Churchill High School in 1972 and shortly after moved to Houston. He then attended the University of Houston where he graduated with a degree in Business & Finance. While attending college, Deckard was employed with the firm of Consolidated Engineering. In 1990 he purchased Consolidated, a manufacturer of pneumatic pumps, used to convey materials by numerous industries throughout the U. S. and the world. Deckard changed the name of the company to Solidsaire and he and his wife Pat continued to manage and operate the company for some twenty years. Among Deckard's greatest interests throughout his life was aviation. He was an accomplished pilot flying his own airplane on numerous business trips throughout the country. His ability to fly an aircraft in ordinary and instrument conditions was exceptional. His survivors include his wife Pat, who was not only a constant companion in the operation of their business but also a devoted supporter throughout his illness; three step children Michael & David Aufmuth and Christine Kennedy and their families. Parents Carey & June Deckard and two brothers Dean & Perry and their families. Special gratitude and thanks is offered on behalf of Robert Deckard's families to all of those whose prayers and support meant so much during this difficult time. Donations may be made to the Texas Air Museum, c/o Mr. John Tosh, 1234 99th St., San Antonio, Texas 78214 or a charity of the individual's choosing.
Published in Express-News on Oct. 20, 2010