Robert K. France
September 27, 1931 – October 7, 2021
Robert “Bob” France was called home to be with our Lord on October 7, 2021. Bob is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Evangelina (Vangie) Martinez France, his daughter Cherrie Brickhouse, nephew Louis Cloud and extended family. Bob was born in Canton Ohio September 27, 1931 to Mildred and Hal France. In 1937, the family moved to San Antonio. In 1946 the family purchased their first home. A house that was built in 1913 in the Beacon Hill area of San Antonio and is the same home he shared with his wife Vangie for 37 years. Vangie and Bob shared a love story few married couples are blessed to experience and created so many amazing memories through their life together. Following graduation from Jefferson High School, Bob served in the US Navy. Upon returning home from the Navy, Bob began his career in sales with Alamo Iron Works and in 1957 he was assigned to represent the company in the “Hill Country”. Alamo Iron Works merchandise included everything from windmill cup leathers and blacksmith coal to precision tools and heavy steel. He called on everything from blacksmith shops to the builder of the Canyon Lake Dam. He sold water meters to the cities and fence wire and staple to the lumber yards. If you knew Bob, you knew there wasn’t anything he couldn’t sell. Later in his career he joined Quality Equipment and was a nationally recognized sales leader for Melroe and Bobcat construction equipment. In 1993 Bob became the third sales specialist to be inducted into the Bobcat Sales Masters Hall of Fame. Bob relocated his young family to Fredericksburg in early 1960’s and opened a German themed restaurant, Das Gast House. Bob was elected to serve the Texas Jaycees as a regional Vice President and served on the Board of Directors of Gillespie County Park, later to become Lady Bird Johnson Park. Bob served as Director of the Fredericksburg Turn Verein and on weekends hosted a local music and news program over radio station KNAF, the voice of the Texas Hills often broadcasting horse racing and local football games. Bob’s retirement years were never dull. He loved San Antonio and sharing his local knowledge of the city to anyone that would listen. He became a certified Professional Tour Guide and worked with Yanaguana Tours as a river barge guide; a train conductor for the Breckenridge Zoo, a step on tour guide for Daisy’s Bus Tours and along with Vangie, he was a Red Carpet volunteer for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and member of the Amigos del Rio. Bob was a generous and loving friend to so many and will be missed. The family has elected to honor Bob’s memory privately and will not have a formal public service.
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Robert K. France
October 14, 2021
I never got to know Bob very well but I know his daughter Cherrie very well. We graduated together from Canyon High School in 1979 and she is a wonderful and loving person. I know she got a lot of her loving personality from her Dad and it’s clear he did a great job raising her. Cherrie, I am thinking of you and your family and hoping you find comfort in all the great memories you have of your Dad.
Kerry Bretzke Hall