Robert Tooke

 

 

Robert Lehr Tooke, born February 6, 1931 and passed from this earth September 13, 2017 at the age of 86 years.  Bob was a fourth generation Texan, his paternal grandfather George D. Tooke came to Texas in 1840 and founded a group of mercantile establishments across the Texas Coastal Plains.  His maternal grandfather David G. Lehr came to San Antonio from Germany in 1860 and founded a construction business building concrete structures, some of which are still in use today.  Bob graduated form Corpus Christi High School in 1947, he attended Texas A&M, Kingsville, Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri and after four years service to his country during the Korean Conflict came to San Antonio and completed his education at Trinity University.  As a youth Bob was very active in the Boy Scouts attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and the rank of Quartermaster in the Sea Scouts.  In 1949 at a convocation held at Indiana University Bob was inducted into the Vigil Honor, one of eleven young men in the United States so honored that year.  He was a graduate of the American RedCross National Aquatic School and The National Camping School and served as Aquatic Director at both Camp Karankawa at Lake Corpus Christi and Camp Indian Creek at Ingram, Texas.  Bob was president of Osburn Materials, Inc., a company involved in the mining processing of industrial and construction sand.  He ranched for over fifty years in Atascosa, Bandera and Bexar counties and was  a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, a Lifetime Director Emeritus of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Hasbrook Tooke, mother Ruth Lehr Tooke and his former wife Mary Carolyn Prue Tooke.  He is survived by his son, Clay M. Tooke, his wife Cheryl D. Tooke and their children Gage Robert Tooke and Baily Erin Tooke.

Bob requested no service or flowers, instead donations can be made in his memory to:  San Antonio Livestock Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 200230, San Antonio, Texas 78220.

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