Robert Edward Henrich
April 15, 1949 – November 21, 2018
Robert Edward Henrich was born to Charles and Mildred Henrich on April 15, 1949. Bob was a loving husband, dedicated father and grandfather. Growing up in South Houston, TX he was in the Boy Scouts, and eventually became and Eagle Scout.
In 1994, Bob began training for Stephen Ministry and became a leader and trainer in 1996 and continued to serve for 20 years. When he lived in Colorado Springs, he volunteered at the Methodist church for 21 years operating all the sound equipment, wiring and installing new computer systems, and training others to use them. His favorite hymn was Take My Hand, Precious Lord.
Bob worked for NASA leading the team of engineers at Ford Microelectronics that designed and implemented the switching network for all payload and command data/communication system for space shuttle “Columbia”, Space Missions “Challenger” and “Discovery” (10 missions).
He enjoyed fishing, baseball, gunsmithy, and building computers. His grandparents on his mother’s side were of Native American heritage (Kiowa and Pawnee). Consequently, Bob was raised in the Native American way and was very active in the Native American community, frequently participating in dance competitions at PowWows. He also practiced beadwork and costuming.
- Visitation Monday, November 26, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, November 26, 2018
Robert Edward Henrich
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December 15, 2018
I met Bob and got to know him through Stephen's Ministry. His remarkable patience, knowledge, dry humor and overall personality told me that this man would be a great friend and mentor. As time went by, I became very fond of Bob, I enjoyed talking to him about all sorts of things – faith, family, career, interests, everything. We shared our concerns and joys, knowing there would be no judgement.
Our friendship continued as I came and visited Bob in his home. His stories and understanding of people helped me to step back and view people differently. Each person's existence was unique and would never be duplicated – ever. There would be people who experienced the same thing but still differently. Those stories were meant to be heard. Hearing them gave them life and that person, an immortality. He once told me "there are 3 stages of death: 1. When you pass. 2. The last time a person says your name. 3. The last time someone remembers you. That's why stories are so very important."
After my father passed, Bob became my "surrogate father" and helped me work through my loss. He also helped me better understand Dad from a generational perspective. For that, I will always love Bob.
I will always remember Bob in his lounger, leaning toward me as he listened and sharing his pearls of wisdom.
I will miss him and look forward to seeing him again.