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Robert Milton "Bob"
Vestal

August 17, 1934 – August 22, 2018

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Robert (Bob) M. Vestal was born August 17th, 1934 in Sherman, Texas. Bob was an amazing husband, father and friend. Our family has suffered the loss of a great man with his passing.
Stricken with Polio in his early childhood, Bob lost an entire year of school due to the illness. While it was in remission for the most part, it was Polio that eventually took his life. Bob graduated from Sherman High School in 1954. One of the biggest memories was his active roll in the high school choir. Bob had an amazing voice and a deep passion for singing.
He was a great American and deeply loved his country. So, after high school he enlisted in the Navy. He served from 1955 to 1959 on the USS Intrepid, also known as The Fighting “I”. It was here that Bob’s passion for aviation was born. After he was discharged as a Petty Officer 1st Class, Bob moved to Oklahoma to attend aviation technical college and met his first wife Beverly. Bob enjoyed studying aircrafts and flying. Sadly, it was a simple eye exam that stopped him from realizing his dream to be a pilot. But a vision test didn’t stop Bob as he had a larger passion in his love for his family and looking for his next successful venture. His family describes him as an entrepreneur. He was always looking for the next business opportunity and skill he could perfect. His most successful business venture was in the landscaping and horticulture industry. Bob had an amazing green thumb and certainly left his mark of beauty on the landscape of Texas. In his later years Bob was a successful ice cream distributor for Haagen-Dazs. In 2005 he retired from Haagen-Dazs to enjoy more time with his family.
Bob was a family man. He loved his family and everyone around him knew it. He had a knack for making people laugh and that brought him a great joy. In addition, to raising his son Alan and step son Fredrick, Bob raised many cats. It wasn’t uncommon for a friend or family member to show up at the door with a tiny kitten for Bob to raise. He could never say no to a cute furry face. Opie was among Bob’s favorites, when it came to cats. Opie had more then 9 lives as he challenged death numerous times, including surviving the bite of a rattle snake and a run in with a coyote.
Bob spent his later years as an active participant in his retirement community at Garden Estates. He was very active in the community and loved being retired. He took up bird watching. There were many well fed birds that frequented Bob’s bird feeder. Bob was quite the social butterfly. He had many friends and enjoyed exercising, movie night and social hour. Bob was well known to be the first one to sign up for the weekly Wal-Mart shopping trip. If at all possible, he never missed a Bingo game. He was a wonderful caregiver to his wife Carol. Bob and Carol were members of First Presbyterian Church in Temple, Texas.
Bob was preceded in death by his former wife Beverly Mae (in 2000), brothers Harold Jr. (died in WWII), Gene, Jim, Eddie and parents Harold Hazelton Vestal Sr. and Mildred Gertrude Stamps.
He is survived by his loving wife Carol Hoover Vestal and her children A’Lisa Ozment (Robert), John Hoover (Amy), his brother Tommy (Judith), his son Alan (Heather), and step-son Fredrick Peachee, along with various nieces and nephews. Bob had 9 grand-children Jeffrey (Karen), Courtney, Brittney, Natalie, Johnny, Nikki, Timothy, Chase, Natalie and 7 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local SPCA in celebration of Bob’s life.

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