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ROBERT EDWARD MACHEN DONNA - Robert Edward Machen peacefully passed away on his 80th birthday, February 5, 2014 at Canterbury Court in Harlingen, TX. He was born in Donna, TX. He and his wife lived and raised their family on the same piece of property he was born on. He was a retired Volunteer Fireman for the Donna Fire Department for 25 years, an Adult Leader for the Donna 4-H for 9 years and a Charter Member of the Weslaco Elks Lodge #2057 of Weslaco. Robert worked the majority of his life in the Citrus and Vegetable Industry and he was a co-owner and manager of Donna Citrus in Donna. Bobby, as he was called by many, lead a very adventurous life as he had a great love for the outdoors, whether it be summer time fishing at the beach or winter hunting at the dear lease with his family. He taught his children and grandchildren the value of the great outdoors and the knowledge he has given them will be carried on to a new generation. Bobby was an amazing cook and he enjoyed being in charge in the kitchen. Many wonderful meals were prepared by he and his lovely wife. The family had a nickname for him, they called him "The Potentate" (the man in charge). He will be greatly missed by all. He was preceded in death by his son, Bryan Eugene Machen; and his mother and father, Bernice and Fred Machen. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Phillis Ann Machen; daughter, Kay Lynn (William) Nicol; son, Neil (Kim) Machen; grandchildren, Leah (David) Johnson, Lane Dougherty Lindsey Guest, R.D. (Melanie) Machen, Jonathan (Michelle) Machen; 7 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a brother, Clyde F. Machen (Betty Bell). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 10am at McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Odyssey Hospice or a . Arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home of Weslaco. Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on Feb. 7, 2014
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