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Robert "Bob" Earl Pior
Robert "Bob" Earl Pior entered through heaven's gates from the home of his son Russell in Azle, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, after a prolonged illness.
Bob was the third of four children born to Earl T. and Martha Pior in Upland, Calif., on July 29, 1939. After moving from Arizona to Ruidoso following his freshman year in high school, Bob helped to lead the Ruidoso Warriors to win two state high school football championships in 1955 and 1957 during his sophomore and senior years as quarterback, making it to the state championship again in 1956 during his junior year. Bob also excelled in basketball during high school and his team won runner-up in 1957.
After graduating from Ruidoso High School in 1957, Bob played football for the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. Shortly thereafter he returned to Ruidoso to marry his high school sweetheart, Carol Ann Harris, of Ruidoso Downs, in March 1960 at the Ruidoso Downs Baptist Church, where they were also members.
Bob joined the Army in November 1961, and proudly served as an E-4 at Fort Bliss until his honorable discharge in November 1964. He continued to serve in the Army Reserves USAR Control Group (Reinf) VIII U.S. Army corps until November 1967. Achievements include marksman in missile and carbine, along with three letters of commendation. Bob's eldest son Russell was born in 1963 while Bob was stationed at Fort Bliss.
Electronics became Bob's passion during his stint in the Army. Bob took many courses in the Army and in college to broaden his knowledge in the field. After being discharged from the Army, Bob moved his family to the DFW metroplex where he excelled in electronics working for Texas Instruments, Collins Electronics and Recognition Equipment. It was during this time that Rodney Charles, the second of two sons, was born in 1972. Bob began working part time and weekends building fences in the DFW area. Shortly thereafter, Bob bought out the individual for whom he worked part time to start up his own fencing company. It was then that R&R's Fencing Co. was established. Bob and Carol Ann decided to relocate to Ruidoso in 1974, where it simply became known as R&R Fence Co. R&R Fence Co. became the prominent fencing company in Lincoln County and the surrounding area for over 30 years.
Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman. He spent his younger years bow fishing and bow hunting at such places as Garza Little Elm, Possum Kingdom, Weatherford and the Trinity and Brazos Rivers. Bob continued his love for hunting and fishing in Ruidoso and surrounding areas throughout his life.
Bob is survived by two sons, Russell and his wife, Tracy, of Azle, Texas, and Rodney and his wife, Trista, of Las Cruces; two grandsons, Aaron and his wife, Tayler, of Alto, and Joshua Pior, of Azle; two step granddaughters, Ashley and Faith Anne, of Azle; one brother, Jack Pior, and his wife, Carol; two sisters, Jeanee Dean and her husband, Dave, and Margie Keith; two nephews, Jeryl Keith Jr. and Steven Keith; and four nieces, Rachel Pior, Linda Phillipy and her husband, Don, Cheryl Joseph and her husband, Steven, and their children Brandon and David, and Cindy Cegla and her husband, Timothy, and their children Jeffery and Brian.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Ann, and parents Earl and Martha Pior.
Services for Bob will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at Ruidoso Downs First Baptist Church with Pastor Randel C. Widener officiating. The family will greet friends prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers include Tommy Quinley, Ken Mosley, Jack Pior, David Dean, Perry Hisaw and Aaron Pior.
Interment will follow at Angus Cemetery.
Though flowers and plants are truly welcomed, the family would like those wishing to remember Bob in memorial to consider donations to the following organizations that were dear to Bob's heart: First Baptist Church Ruidoso Downs' Bell Fund, your local hospice and the Emphysema Foundation.
The Pior family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 18 to Sept. 19, 2010
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