OBITUARY

Robert Ambrose Pfile

February 10, 1928January 1, 2021
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Robert A. “Bob” Pfile, 92, peacefully entered eternal rest on Jan. 1, 2021, reuniting with his wife of 68 years just 4 weeks after her passing.

Bob was born on February 10, 1928 in Decatur, IL, to Margaret Agatha Michel and Esrom Harry Pfile, the youngest of their 8 children. Bob spent his youth in Decatur where he developed a love of learning and figuring out how things work. He also enjoyed sports and was passionate about playing baseball and following the New York Yankees. In his high school years, he worked in the family business at Pfile’s Camera Shop with his Dad and siblings. He excelled in academics and his inquisitive nature and intelligence led him to pursue college degrees in Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering. After graduation from Decatur High School he was the first in his family to attend college, initially at University of Illinois before transferring to A&M College of Texas (Texas A&M University). In December 1951, while completing his Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering at A&M, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Lois Marybelle Jackson. After graduation, Bob joined Ohio Oil Co (Marathon Oil) and pursued various assignments in Bay City TX, Houston TX (twice), Littleton CO and finally in Midland TX where he served as the unit operations manager of Yates field until his retirement.

Bob was a proud supporter of his children as they pursued life and all its opportunities; he was always there for them but let each chart their own course trusting they would find their own passions. When not at a dance recital, ball field or band concert, Bob enjoyed Woodworking and made many items used in the family home. He was Mr. Fix-it – if he couldn’t get it to work it was beyond repair. He owned almost every tool ever made by Craftsman and neighbors soon learned where to borrow a tool or get some advice.

Upon retirement, Bob spent much of his time volunteering at his parish, the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the West Texas Food Bank. When he wasn’t volunteering outside of the home, he could usually be found working on some project Lois had ‘volunteered’ him for! Bob and Lois were the happiest when on one of their many cross-country motor home road trips to visit family and friends. A side trip to a library for genealogy research, an antique shop for that special find for Lois or a visit to a light house was in order on most every excursion.

Houston after 40+ years in West Texas to be close to their children and grandchildren. He is survived by son Marty Pfile (Robin), daughter Kristi Bender (Mark) and son Bryan Pfile (Pam), along with grandchildren Kyle Wood, Kelly Dean (Edgar), Justin Pfile and Katy Pfile. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois “Cindy” Pfile, daughter Perri Ann Pfile and by his parents and siblings. The family would like to send thanks to Jordan Garcia of Home Instead (Midland), Gladis Feril & Kim Evans of Visiting Angels (Midland), and Brookdale The Heights (Houston) staff for their loving care of both Bob and Lois.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Pat H. Foley and Company 1200 W. 34th St., Houston, TX 77018. A visitation will be held there from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday January 10th, immediately followed by a sharing of family remembrances of Bob from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday January 11th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 3600 Brinkman St., Houston, TX 77018. A private interment will occur that afternoon in College Station, TX. A live stream of the family remembrance will begin at 2:30 p.m. on the 10th via a link on the Pat H Foley Facebook page (a direct link will be placed on his obituary page). A live stream of the funeral mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the 11th via St. Rose of Lima Catholic Community Channel on youtube.com or use this link in your browser -> t.ly/ojL0

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation could be made to one of Bob's favorite charities: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org); The West Texas Food Bank (wtxfoodbank.org) or the St. Vincent de Paul Society (svdpusa.org)

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 10, 2021

  • Family Sharing Remembrance Service

    Sunday, January 10, 2021

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  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, January 11, 2021

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George Southwell

January 10, 2021

Bob had a rare combination of exceptional intelligence, consistently strong managerial skills plus a great sense of humor. His leadership took the Yates group through challenges that clearly benefitted the employees and the company. All of us in the Yates Group loved Bob.

Larry Yoho

January 8, 2021

Bob was one of the best men I worked around during my lifetime. I learned more about managing and treating people in the workplace from him than from all the courses I attended. He was always available to listen and discuss things whether it was worked related or the best fertilizer for the yard. I was privileged to have known him and work with him for nearly 10 years. What I learned I used throughout my career and still use in everyday life.

Kaye Kahlich

January 6, 2021

Bob was the most inspirational boss that I ever had during my career at Marathon. I considered him a genius at reservoir engineering, but in addition to that he was also one of the kindest and fairest people that I ever had the honor of knowing. He & Cindy hosted numerous backyard hamburger cookouts for the entire Yates Engineering group which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. When he spoke the entire executive chain of command at Marathon listened -- such was his knowledge and judgment. He made huge contributions to the company.

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