OBITUARY

Robert Cloud "Bob" Womack

September 24, 1916November 20, 2013

Robert Cloud “Bob” Womack, 97, passed peacefully from this earth to join his Savior on November 20, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in 1916 to Lesta Wallace Womack and Alberta Louise Cloud in Smithville, Tennessee. The family moved to Dallas in 1923, and Bob graduated from Oak Cliff High School in 1934. While working as the director of tooling and maintenance for the National Housing Corporation during WWII, Bob developed many of the key principles that would later lead to his success in manufacturing and engineering. After WWII, he joined the Army Air Corps to serve as a machinist and a welder during the rebuilding of Germany where he met his wife, Ruth Dengler.

When he returned to the United States, he eventually founded Womack Machine Supply Company in 1953. The Company, headquartered in Dallas, expanded its business by offering free courses and developing numerous textbooks focused on hydraulic and pneumatic engineering principles Bob learned through his own experiences. For those courses, Bob created textbooks, which became manuals used by companies such as General Electric, Kodak, and Texas Instruments. His wife Ruth drew many of the technical diagrams for the textbooks. Bob’s fascination with inventing and developing his own products led to the foundation of AAA Products Incorporated in 1960. Due to his professional expertise combined with his lifetime passion for teaching and learning Southern Methodist University and Texas A&M University invited Bob to assist in the establishment of engineering labs at their respective campuses. In 2008 SMU bestowed upon Bob an honorary doctoral degree in engineering.

An avid outdoorsman, in the mid-1950’s Bob converted an old school bus into an early motor home named the “Yukon Queen” that he drove to Alaska for numerous hunting and fishing trips. One of Bob’s favorite vacation destinations was the Rocky Mountain area north of Gunnison, Colorado. At first he took the family camping in state parks, later camping in the Yukon Queen. He became a talented fly fisherman, and enjoyed teaching his family and friends how to fish. As a young man Bob traded his airplane mechanic duties for flying lessons. He immediately began “barn-storming” in a biplane, flying to rural areas to make money by providing rides to the people watching him land in an open field. Eventually he became an accomplished pilot who owned his own plane. When his business grew into a multi-state operation, Bob would fly to the cities where he had offices to personally teach fluid power classes using the textbooks he wrote. In addition to his business and educational endeavors, Bob was also dedicated to his faith in God, and to numerous charities. He was a board member of Christian Schools, Inc., which later became Dallas Christian Schools where three of his children attended school. He was instrumental in starting Christian Services, Inc. which later became Christian Works, an organization dedicated to building healthy families. Bob’s devotion to his Lord led him to be an enthusiastic financial supporter for the development and growth of church congregations.

Bob became extremely interested in quality health care for himself and his family. This led him toward a long term relationship with the UT Southwestern Medical Center. When his daughter Donna lost her battle with breast cancer, Bob founded the Donna Dusek Breast Cancer Fund through UT Southwestern.

A carpenter, a machinist, an engineer, an inventor, a pilot, an author, a teacher, a businessman, a philanthropist, and a benevolent Christian, Bob leaves a legacy of service to his community and devotion to his family. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Ruth Womack, brother James Wallace Womack, sister Gertrude Stacy, and sister-in-law Herta Jackson. He is survived by his children, Judy James and her husband David, Harry Womack and his wife Angel, as well as 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his daughter Linda Blumrich and her husband Robert. He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Donna Womack Dusek and his son Dan Womack. Visitation will be held at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, Monday, November 25th from 6pm-8pm, and memorial services will be held at Walnut Hill Church of Christ, Tuesday November 26th at 1pm. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Donna Dusek Breast Cancer Fund at UT Southwestern, P.O. Box 91088, Dallas, Texas 75391-0888, or www.utsouthwestern.edu/donatenow the Donna Dusek Breast Cancer Fund.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 26, 2013
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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Robert Cloud "Bob" Womack

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Jim Enright

November 26, 2013

It's been 35 years since I worked in the shipping department at AAA Products but I was saddened to read about Mr. Womack (RC). He was always on top of the business, nothing escaped his attention. He was always nice to me and so was Harry. I'm sorry I missed the visitation, it would have been nice to see some familiar faces after all these years. My best to the extended Womack family.

November 26, 2013

Bob was an amazing person and admired by all, and he will be remembered as such. He was a man who lived by what he taught. He was man who not only talked the talk but also walked the walk. I was blessed to have him as my Uncle and the memories of him will always be treasured.

In loving memory,
Your niece, Karen Rutherford

Charlie Carroll

November 26, 2013

Where do I begin. What a great man. Always had a job for those who wanted to work. Had a great belief in his fellow man. Glad he allowed me to work for him for several years. What I learned from working in his machine shop, I still use today. Donna and Harry, you guys had a fine Dad. A man anyone would love to call their Dad.
Thanks for sharing him.

Greg Wright

November 25, 2013

Mr. Womack was a true inspiration as both a businessman and more importantly as a Christian. I am proud to have known him.

Donna Weiner (rowlett)

November 25, 2013

Rest in Peace RC "Bob" Womack back in 1978 at the age of 19 from the first time I met you, You were bigger than Life to me. From the huge bear standing in you office, the Jiffy Drill, to all your amazing stories and your adventures that you would tell me over and over each time I saw you for all those 23 years.
You were always kind to me right down to always ordering those two shrimp cocktails every time that you would insist that the three of us have lunch together in Dallas. (because you and I both loved shrimp cocktails) I remember how annoyed you would get that you'd have your ice tea perfect and the waitress would try to refill it and you would hold your hand over it.
I remember all the Bolo Ties that I would pick out for you each year at Christmas time. You were a blessing and I send Love and Prayers to all your loved ones who remain her on earth.

November 25, 2013

Judy, David and family,
You all will be in our prayers at this time. It is such a blessing to be able to share in the knowledge that Mr. Womack has gone to be with the Lord. Thank you all for carying on his shining light and love for Jesus!
David & Luann Golden

Jim & Linda Stacy

November 25, 2013

With sadden hearts we sit here thinking of all the years gone by and all the people whose path we crossed; no one was quite like you. You were the light we could always depend on in the darkness of this world. So when times were hardest we often looked to you for advice and you never let us down. In our hearts we will always remember you as a good and faithful servant of God and a leader of men. As we are challenged in time to come and we are wondering which path to take I'm sure we will often wonder what Uncle Robert would have done. Well done and may God bless you and your family

Max Harper, III

November 24, 2013

Dear Womack family,
We extend our love & sympathy to you. Bob was a wonderful Christian who loved The Lord and His church. May God comfort & bless you.

Ken Jacobson

November 24, 2013

Judy & David,
You and your family have been and will continue to be in my prayers. What an exciting and wonderful life Bob enjoyed on this earth! May God continue to bless you.

Becky Savage

November 24, 2013

Lifting up prayers for your family. Bob was a special person who will be missed by all who knew him.