Robert ‘Bob’ Allen Whiteman
Robert “Bob” Allen Whiteman, of Streetman, passed away Jan. 4, 2021, in Mexia, at the age of 82. A private graveside service was held at the Birdston Cemetery, near Streetman, on Jan. 6. Pastor David Filis, officiated and Jamie Filis sang “Amazing Grace.” Bob was a member of the Stewards Mill Church.
Bob was born Jan. 10, 1938, in Tappan, Ohio (Harrison County) to Frank Lee and Goldie Marie Wilds Whiteman, the fourth of five children. He was raised in Conotton, Ohio, and graduated from Scio High School, Class of 1955. Bob joined the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 14, 1956, and was discharged on Feb. 13, 1960. While stationed at Peyote Air Force Base in 1959, he met and married Linda Reamy, of Wickett.
In 1960, Bob and Linda moved to Ohio from Texas, where Bob was employed with Scio Pottery and where they welcomed their son, Bobby. That same year they returned to Texas, where Bob began his long career with TU Electric. Daughter Dana was born in 1963. Bob and Linda divorced in 1973.
Bob was very proud of his long career with TU Electric. He worked at Texas Electric in Monahans from 1960 to 1971 and at Big Brown in Fairfield, as a supervisor of Operations from 1971 to 1992. He retired after completing 32 years of service.
Bob also enjoyed raising cattle and running his hay baling business in the 1970s and 1980s. For fun, he owned a ski boat and thoroughly enjoyed teaching his children, and many of their friends, how to water ski, even though he could not swim.
On Sept. 30, 1991, Bob and Judith Wardle married and enjoyed traveling together and visiting with family and friends. As his health began declining, Bob liked to visit the local coffee shops; he loved visiting with people and telling stories. Bob was very social and loved being with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Goldie Whiteman; son Robert ”Bobby” Whiteman Jr.; brother John Walter Whiteman and wife Lois; his only sister Elizabeth “Betty” Whiteman Dunfee and husband Richard; stepson, Craig Wardle; and the mother of his children, Linda Reamy Whiteman. His beloved sister Betty preceded Bob in death by seven weeks.
Bob is survived by his wife, Judith Wardle, of Streetman; daughter Dana Beth Whiteman Rogers and husband William Allen, of Teague; granddaughter Anna Beth Rogers, of Teague; brother-in-law, that he raised and loved like a son, George Walter Reamy, of Golinda; stepchildren Kevin Wardle, of Streetman, Eric Wardle and wife Jenn, of Carrollton, and Phyllis Wardle Coleman, of Phoenix; 11 stepgrandchildren and six stepgreatgrandchildren; brothers Frank William Whiteman and wife Joette, of Aurora, Colo., and Earl Lee Whiteman and wife Patricia, of Scio, Ohio; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation for the care provided their loved one by Dr. Timothy Allen and the nursing staff of Parkview Regional Hospital, Mexia.
Memorials may be made to the church or charity of your choice.
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