Robb Stuart Van Eman

February 5, 1971November 20, 2019

Robb Stuart Van Eman, beloved father, husband, son, uncle, friend to many, and accomplished pilot with a passion for flying, went to join his heavenly father in peaceful skies doing what he loved on November 20, 2019.

His greatest gift in life was parenting his two brilliant and amazing boys, Brooks and Knox, with his beautiful, dedicated, and loyal wife, Teal Johnson, but he managed to generously give to his family and countless friends and children through Boy Scouts of America, camping adventures, pinewood derby contests, sailing, boating, wakeboarding, travel, and any outdoor activities. Robb’s infectious and playful personality, commitment to those he loved, quick-wit, powerful smile, intelligence, gigantic heart of compassion, and joyful spirit drew people in effortlessly.

Born in Houston, Texas on February 5, 1971 to Marlene and Stuart, he was the younger brother to Currin, and although he was quiet as a child, his intelligence and perseverance guided him to many successes throughout his life. As a child, Robb spent countless weekends with Grandmother Katie in Galveston Bay, where he cultivated his love for the water, outdoors, sailing, and he earned his nickname, “Captain Robb”.

So enamored with his Italian roots, Robb, at the young age of 14, escorted his grandmother to Italy to travel and visit family overseas. It was a tradition he shared with the love of his life, Teal. Traveling to Italy shortly before starting their precious family, the two met in classic Robb fashion, during a blind, group date on his boat. One year later, Robb and Teal celebrated their engagement in New Orleans, and were married April 29, 2005. Grandmother Katie attended the wedding at the age of 97, and after waiting for that divine celebration, she went to heaven happily knowing her 13th and “favorite” grandchild married his perfect match. Robb and Teal’s honeymoon in the British Virgin Islands was again spent on a boat named “Sunny Days”, and they returned to celebrate with friends and family. Their sons were a blissful addition to their family a few short years later.

Always a Longhorn fan, Robb graduated from the University of Texas of Austin with a communications degree, and he was a proud member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Somehow, he managed to get his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Denver, while prioritizing snow skiing, ski instruction, and being a concierge at a ski resort in Beaver Creek. Known as a handyman, “Mr. Fix-It”, and a “Host with the Most Joyful Hospitality”, friends are wondering who they will call on now that Robb is in heaven.

After college, Robb settled in Austin and began a successful career in software and trading technologies with various top tier companies. After years of pursuing his ultimate career goal, Robb was well on his way to become a commercial pilot, having finished his intense and lengthy flight training almost a decade ago, and having accomplished his ultimate goal of reaching commercial status. As dear friend, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, formerly chief of Austin police, eloquently said, “Only Robb would care enough to give us a departing gift during his transition from the flesh to the spirit in his eternal place of rest, by leaving us while piloting an airplane, the thing he liked to do the most, second only to being with family and friends.”

Robb Stuart Van Eman is survived by his loving wife Italia Teal Johnson Van Eman, two sons: Brooks Emmite Van Eman, 12, Knox Joseph Van Eman, 10, parents: Marlene Genitempo Van Eman and Stuart Currin Van Eman, brother: Currin James Van Eman, nephew: Houston Currin Van Eman, all of Austin, Texas, niece: Arden Michelle Johnson, brother-in-law: Terry Jordan Johnson Junior, mother-in-law: Talia Teas Lydick, all of Fort Worth, and countless cousins, extended family, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your charity of choice in honor of Robb Van Eman.

Please join a Celebration of Life honoring Robb on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Riverbend Church in The Smith Family Chapel located at 4214 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, Texas 78746.


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Josh & Liz Bohls

December 6, 2019

Robb did everything with a special zest and personality and love for adventure and laughter. Trips to New Orleans, concerts, potlucks, and special occasions were always enhanced with Robb in the mix. Love you and miss you bud! Josh and Liz Bohls

Mary Batlan

December 4, 2019

With sympathy and prayers from Westlake United Methodist Church,
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Katy Lindsay

November 30, 2019

So very sorry about Robb. He was such a sweet and helpful person and I only have very fond memories of him. Deepest condolences to the Van Eman family. There are truly no words.

Steven Olsen

November 25, 2019

It was my pleasure and privilege to share the cockpit with Robb. I had just signed him off last week to be a fully licensed second-in-command on the Citation 650.

Robb was a quick study. He was incredibly bright and fully dedicated to his goal of becoming a commercial pilot. But most of all, Robb was a kind and gentle soul, a true gentleman who loved his God, his family, his country and flying. Blessed with an extraordinary sense of humor, he was such a joy to be around both on and off duty.

I was deeply blessed by knowing him and working with him. I will miss him immensely.

Courtney Duesing

November 24, 2019

We are shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of such a wonderful man, who was a 20+ year friend to my husband, Matt. Our hearts are broken for Teal and the boys, as well as for everyone that is part of the vast network of friends that is the extended Van Eman family, all of whom are affected by this untimely tragedy. Our hearts and prayers are with the Van Eman family at this time and always. Love y'all. The Duesing Family.

April and Matt Womack

November 24, 2019

We are so heartbroken for the Van Eman family. We have been friends for many years and can only imagine what a horrific loss this is. My heart is broken for Currin, Marlene, Stuart, Teal, and the boys. Please know how much Matt and I are hurting for you. Much love.

Beth Friedman

November 24, 2019

We never had the good fortune of meeting Robb. My husband and I are new to town and I met Teal last week when she warmly and generously invited us to her family's pre-Thanksgiving pot-luck. Reading about him makes us even sadder because he sounds like exactly the type of person we would have loved to have in our lives, and more importantly, was somebody his community admired, loved and respected. Our hearts are broken for the Van Eman family - we're praying for them and holding them in our thoughts.

Shelley and Erik Nelson

November 24, 2019

Teal, my heart goes out to you and your boys. Robb was such a fun, kind soul with a memorable smile. We’re sad we will not be able to celebrate his life Tuesday, but know we will he thinking of y’all and sending you big hugs.

martha northup

November 23, 2019

Marlene and Stuart, So very sorry to hear of this tragic loss. The strength of your children is gained from the support of your wonderful family. You are blessed and loved and many arms are around you.

Janice Coons

November 23, 2019

I am so sad as is the family.. I just saw Rob at a Windermere social event and had big hugs.. I have known the entire family for so long.. I will miss him and hope to see the rest of the family soon.. I will miss the celebration due to work but my love will be there


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