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HOLCOMB, Robert (Bob) Died a couple of days ago which wasn't exactly unexpected as he had been in poopy health for years. While he never complained much, those that knew him were aware that he suffered several heart attacks and had quadruple bypass open heart surgery before age 40, and it kinda went downhill from there. Born in Kemp, Texas on April 11, 1940, he graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas in 1958. He obtained an Associate of Arts degree from Lubbock Christian University which he attended on a basketball scholarship and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Western College in 1963 (now the University of Texas, El Paso). He pursued post-graduate studies through the Gemological Institute of America, the World Gold Council, and Diamonds International plus continuing education courses at the University of Texas, Brownsville. Significant honors and awards include: "Honored Exhibitor" International Gem & Mineral Show, Washington, D.C., 1969, "Diamonds International Award" from DeBeers (one of less than 250 U.S. recipients in 1972), "Who's Who in American Commerce & Industry", 1996, and he especially appreciated being named an "Honorary Mexican" by his Hispanic poker buddies in Brownsville. In addition to his beloved sister, Sarjim Wenzel of Lubbock, Texas, he is survived by his wife, business partner, lover, and best friend of 52 years, Rhoda Antoinette (Toni) Holcomb with whom he was co-owner/operator of the Cab-N-Facet Fine Jewelry in Springfield, Ohio for some 35 years. While a member of numerous professional and trade organizations, groups and clubs, he was particularly proud of his association with the Masonic Order being a Blue Lodge Master Mason and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He also held life memberships in Delta Sigma Pi (National Honorary Business Fraternity) and the American Numismatic Association. In accordance with his wishes, Bob will be cremated with half of his cremated remains to be buried in the Ohio Masonic Community Cemetery and the remainder scattered over some favorite haunts of his somewhat misspent youth in Lubbock, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Wooley Chapel of the Ohio Masonic Community with Chaplain Bruce Vincent presiding. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Don't waste money on flowers...if you have extra bucks, send them to the Ohio Masonic Home Benevolent Endowment Foundation, 5 Masonic Dr., Springfield, Ohio 45504 where they will be put to good use and appreciated. The LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME is serving the family. You may express condolences to the family at

Published by Springfield News-Sun on May 22, 2013.
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Toni - I came across this obituary while I was researching something else today so I have just learned of your loss. Please be assured that you are in my thoughts. May you find strength and comfort in the love of your friends and family and in your memories of Sweet Ole Bob.
June 4, 2013
Hey, Aunt Toni! I learned stuff about Uncle Bob that I never knew by reading his obituary. I'm fairly sure it's the first entertaining one I've ever seen. I can't imagine how it feels to no longer see the face you'd seen every day for half a century. All by itself, that one small thing is huge.
Since y'all got married before I was born, he'd been a part of my life as long as you had.
I'll always remember Uncle Bob for his sense of humor. In a marriage, it just doesn't get any better than that.
I love you and I'm here for you.
Della St. Arnold
May 30, 2013
I didn't know Bob, but whoever wrote the obituary did a great job. It made me laugh. I'm sorry for your families loss.
Regina Davis
May 30, 2013
I read the obit for Brother . Holcomb today, after having it's link publicized. He sounds like a fine man and a great Mason. My condolences on to his family, friends and Lodge, on their loss.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Ed Greenberg, PM
Mt.Moriah Lodge 292 Los Gatos California
Edward Greenberg
May 25, 2013
Sarjim: Sending you and your family my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your dear brother, Bob.
Patricia Selensky
May 24, 2013
My prayers go out to you Toni!!!
Gonzi Ornelas
May 23, 2013
My condolences to you and your family!!! S.O.B Sweet old bob was a dear friend of mine ever since u all left Brownsville tx I've kept in contact with bob through emails!!! Love u bob u will never be forgotten!!!
Gonzalo (Gonzi) Ornelas
May 23, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with Judy and family. May the God of all comfort bring you peace and hope at this time. (Acts 24:15)
Michle B.
May 23, 2013
My condolences for your loss. The world is less gentle, less honest, less friendly, and less enjoyable for all who new and were influenced by Bob. He was an irreplaceable friend
Rosalie & Rudy Arnold
May 22, 2013
Was so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. We loved doing business with both of you in jewelry store. Our thoughts and prayer are with you.
Jack & Judy Woods
May 22, 2013
So sorry to hear of Bobs passing my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Don Lewis Bill Marine Honda
May 22, 2013
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