T. Bob Amthor

March 25, 1947December 3, 2012

"T-Bob" Amthor, 65, fought a courageous battle with cancer and passed away quietly at his home on December 3, 2012. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, customers, and co-workers.

T-Bob was an amazing and entrepreneurial person who was surrounded by friends throughout his life. T-Bob was born on March 25, 1947, to Kelly and Sammie Sue Amthor in San Angelo, and attended school in Ozona where he represented his high school in football, basketball, and track. Following high school graduation, T-Bob attended the University of Texas and graduated from Angelo State. He was employed by Lockheed Corp. at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. He spent a few years 'finding' himself, before founding T-Bob Amthor Pipe company in Midland. He and, Larry Kilgore, and "Buddy" Johnson, longtime business associates, grew the pipe company into a successful operation. He continued to live in Midland the last thirty-five years of his life.

T-Bob loved fast cars, drag racing, his three beloved little dogs, the University of Texas Longhorns, and, more recently, the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He was a close friend to many and friendly to all.

T-Bob was preceded in death by his mother in '57, his father, his step-father, Joe F. Bussey, and his beloved grandparents, Sam and Nola Beasley, who raised him in the years following his mother's death.

Survivors include his two brothers at heart, Larry W. Kilgore of Midland and ES "Buddy" Johnson of Houston, TX, his three beloved dogs, an uncle, Jerry Beasley, step-mother Shirley Amthor, half-sister Barbara Jo, half-sister Patricia of Brownwood, the Larry Kilgore family, several cousins and all the employees of T-Bob Amthor Co, Inc., whom he considered his family, and a host of friends. T-Bob was accompanied by many caring companions, Catalina Martinez, Elma Durham, Christopher Durham, Pamela Polley, Rebecca Johnson, and many other caretakers and doctors, who made his final days easier. They have our eternal gratitude.

His final days were spent reflecting on his faith and exploring his relationship with our Lord and Savior. He had those whom he loved most around him and was a happy man.

A memorial service will be held on Monday December 10, 2012 at 2pm in the Ellis Funeral Home Chapel.

Bob requests in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to M D Anderson Cancer research, Lone Star SPCA, or a charity of your choice.

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Jim Robinson

February 2, 2013

T. Bob, I will be eternally grateful for your support and rescue of my situation 40 years ago. You were a brother at heart to me. Say hello to Tom Landry for me. R.I.P. good friend.

Gay Lynn Montgomery-Robinson

February 2, 2013

T. Bob, the angels in heaven rejoice that you are there with them. I will always remember the smile that could light up the darkest room. We only found out today of your passing but our brother at heart, Scott Schewe called today to tell us. R.I.P.

Rick & Cheryl Whitfield

December 10, 2012

What a great guy and generous in ways that are truly beyond ways to put into words. T. Bob will be missed, but is spirit and life will always be remembered! He will live on!

Nancy Kilgore

December 9, 2012

T.Bob, if it had not been for you, I would never have met the love of my life. You have been in our lives ever since! I have a hard time remembering a time that I did not know you. I still crack up thinking of the nickname (Nancy Nice) you gave me and continued to use even with all of the clashes we had through the years! We still loved each other and I am going to miss you!

Marissa Kilgore

December 9, 2012

T. Bob was always a fixture in my life. Though we weren't technically related, my dad was his "brother at heart," so he was my "uncle at heart" but it was way more than that. He supported me in so many ways throughout my life that the instances are too numerous to list. Any time I casually mentioned T. Bob in a conversation with those newer friends who did not know him, they were always instantly curious and inquisitive about who this "T. Bob" character was, and I always had a few good stories to illustrate his big personality and how special he was to me and my family. I love T. Bob. I'll miss him forever.

Uncle Jerry Beasley

December 7, 2012

It was a long road with many peaks and valleys. Fortunately, you supplied many more peaks for others than valleys. Your fabulous sense of humor will be remembered by all for years to come. Personally, I will remember the little boy with curly blond hair that memorized all of the stats on his baseball cards. Smarts that would take him a long way in his adult life. RIP.

Jesse Long

December 6, 2012

Rip My Good Friend Texas Bob