OBITUARY

Robert M Herring

August 24, 1927September 13, 2018
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Robert Milton Herring went on to join the Church Triumphant September 13, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Robert (Bob) was the fourth of four children born to Raymond Lewis and Della Mae Herring on August 24, 1927, in Wellville, VA. His family moved to Norfolk, VA shortly afterward. He graduated from Maury High School in Norfolk and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After training, he was sent to San Diego, CA and spent 3 years on San Clemente Island at a Naval Radar Training facility where he later became a trainer. After his tour of service, he was invited to interview for a job in the then-fledgling airline industry. The interview went so well he was asked if he could start that afternoon at four o'clock. That began a 36-year career with National Airlines, U.S. Air, and Pan American Airways. During that time, he served as Station Manager in Norfolk, VA, Richmond, VA, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC again, Newport News, VA, and finally Houston, TX. Shortly after retiring, he was invited back to U.S. Air for a “temporary” assignment that lasted for the next 20 years. A lifetime of service in the airline industry allowed Bob and his family to have many wonderful experiences and build countless lasting friendships. Along the way, Bob naturally became a collector of airline memorabilia. His life in the Humble, TX community was rich with volunteer work for Memorial Hermann Hospital as well as service to his church family at First United Methodist Church of Humble. He also donated his time reading to school children and assisted at The Gathering Place. Bob and Frances, his wife of 68 years, enjoyed extensive travel around the country and the world. He had a wide circle of friends who shared his interests in bowling, social dining, cards, and dominoes. Bob was an avid fan of the Houston Astros and took immense pleasure in following them to the 2017 World Series Championship.

Bob never met a stranger. He was a great storyteller and had many wonderful stories to tell. He was a hero and an inspiration to many and will be remembered for his deep love for his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Frances, his sister Margaret Sparks, and sons Richard and his wife Stacey and grandson Brad Herring, Jon and his wife Paula Herring, and Chris and his wife Susie Herring.

A Celebration of Bob's Life will be held in the Chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Humble, Saturday, September 29th at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church "Build in Faith Campaign". www.firstmethodistcampaign.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 29, 2018
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Robert M Herring

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Terry Chaires

October 3, 2018

My Father "Hank Chaires" worked with Mr. Herring for many years at National Airlines. He mentioned him often and had many memories and great airline stories. He was a good friend to my Father.

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Biography

Robert (Bob) was the fourth of four children born to Raymond Lewis and Della Mae Herring on August 24, 1927, in Wellville, VA. His family moved to Norfolk, VA shortly afterward.

He graduated from Maury High School in Norfolk and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After training, he was sent to San Diego, CA and spent 3 years on San Clemente Island at a Naval Radar Training facility where he later became a trainer.

After his tour of service, he was invited to interview for a job in the then-fledgling airline industry. The interview went so well he was asked if he could start that afternoon at four o'clock. That began a 36-year career with National Airlines, U.S. Air, and Pan American Airways. During that time, he served as Station Manager in Norfolk, VA, Richmond, VA, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC again, Newport News, VA, and finally Houston, TX. Shortly after retiring, he was invited back to U.S. Air for a “temporary” assignment that lasted for the next 20 years. A lifetime of service in the airline industry allowed Bob and his family to have many wonderful experiences and build countless lasting friendships. Along the way, Bob naturally became a collector of airline memorabilia.

His life in the Humble, TX community was rich with volunteer work for Memorial Hermann Hospital as well as service to his church family at First United Methodist Church of Humble. He also donated his time reading to school children and assisted at The Gathering Place.

Bob and Frances, his wife of 68 years, enjoyed extensive travel around the country and the world. He had a wide circle of friends who shared his interests in bowling, social dining, cards, and dominoes. Bob was an avid fan of the Houston Astros and took immense pleasure in following them to the 2017 World Series Championship.

Bob never met a stranger. He was a great storyteller and had many wonderful stories to tell. He was a hero and an inspiration to many and will be remembered for his deep love for his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Frances, his sister Margaret Sparks, and sons Richard and his wife Stacey and grandson Brad Herring, Jon and his wife Paula Herring, and Chris and his wife Susie Herring.