Robert Massie Detamore Jr.

October 10, 1925January 23, 2014

Robert M. Detamore, age 88, of Bellaire, Texas died on Thursday, the 23rd of January 2014..

Robert was born in Charlottesville, Virginia to Maggie and Robert M. Detamore on the 10th of October 1925. He proudly served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII in France and Germany. Robert graduated from the University Of Virginia School Of Engineering with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Robert had a long career with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation, during which he developed many close friendships and business associations. He first became acquainted with Transco when he was employed with Fish Engineering Corp. building part of Transco’s pipeline and held positions of increasing responsibility, starting as a Compressor Station Superintendent and ultimately responsible for the system-wide compressor station/pipelines, gas storage, LNG, cathodic protection and testing programs. He was considered to be one of the nation’s foremost experts in the design, testing, and operation of natural gas storage facilities including salt dome storage, depleted cavern storage, and liquid natural gas.

Robert consulted with International Gas Consulting after his retirement from Transco, and continued his professional relationships through involvement in POPS, American Gas Association, and the Transco Retirees Club. He had been a member of Willow Meadows Baptist Church for many years.

Robert was preceded in death by Audrey Detamore, his wife of 47 years. He is survived by their children: Robert and his wife, Cindy; Michael and his wife, Fran; Cathy, and Alicia; and their grandchildren, Stephanie de Jager and husband, Cobus; and their children, Evan and Jacques; Kristin Coolsen and husband, Michael; and their children, Sophia and Isabella; Emily Sparrow and her husband, Jason; and their children Colin and Marin; Brent and his wife, Megan; and their daughter Caitlin; and Brett and his wife, Ryann; and their son Cash. Robert married Hazel Collegeman in 2001, by whom he is survived, along with her sons, Richard and his wife, Mirjam, and their sons, Matthew and Michael; and Jimmy and his daughter Adrianne, son Aaron, and his daughter, Isabella.

Robert’s family would like to thank Denise Johnson, Encore Caregivers, and Compassionate Care Hospice, as well as Suzanne Slavinsky and our other friends for all of your kindness and support.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from two o’clock until five o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday, the 26th of January, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons.

The funeral service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Monday, the 27th of January, in The Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, Rev. Matthew Vandagriff, pastor of Willow Meadows Baptist Church, is to officiate.

In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Robert’s name may be directed to Willow Meadows Baptist Church, 4300 West Bellfort, Houston, TX, 77035; Virginia Engineering Foundation, P.O. Box 400256, Charlottesville, VA, 22904-4256; or the charity of one’s choice.


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 27, 2014

Robert Massie Detamore Jr.

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Linda Baldree

January 30, 2014

Mr. Detamore hired me at Transco in April, 1982. He was a good boss and I know he loved his family. I'm thankful for the chance he gave me to work for a wonderful company. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all the ones who loved him.

Lewis Unger

January 29, 2014

Bob and I worked together at Transco and I.G.C for more than 50 years. His knowledge and expertise was recognized throughout the industry. He will be greatly missed by all.

betty pouncey

January 28, 2014

My prayer is that God will give you and the family strength. Love Betty Pouncey

January 28, 2014

I am praying God gives you strength. I .love you! Betty Pouncey

January 28, 2014

My Prayers goes out to the entire Detamores family may God hold you in the palm of his hand, Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal,God will mend all broken hearts in time to come,He will never leave you nor forsake you..!!Love you always,(HOOPER)PIE FACE

January 26, 2014

Ms. Detamore & Family:

May God in His infinite wisdom, comfort your hearts and give you strength in the days ahead.

Bill Vaughan

January 26, 2014

Bob was a good friend and associate for forty years. He brought a lot to the table in knowledge, common sense, and personality. I will miss him. My sincere condolences to family and friends.
Bill Vaughan

January 26, 2014

I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Detamore. You have my condolences may the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

January 26, 2014

Bob Detamore was a wonderful bright light of goodness to our family. My husband, Rick, and our family looked forward to their Christmas Day open house. After my husband died, our children and I would go and celebrate with Bob and his family. I am sure that he will rest in peace or rest in joy---the joy that he and his loving family passed around. Becky Cardenas

January 26, 2014

Bob and his family were such a welcoming light of grace and kindness. My husband Rick and I enjoyed his company very much. And, after my husband's death (23 years ago), my children and I enjoyed the cheer and fellowship and love that was expressed at his family's Christmas Day open house. Of course, I am sad for his passing on, but, I am so grateful for all the generous love he and his family showed our family. He will definately rest in peace (if not joy). Love and prayers to all, Becky Cardenas