Robert Charles Hanks

Robert Hanks

Robert (Bob) Charles Hanks, 85, passed away on Sunday, July 9 surrounded by his family and loved ones after a brief illness.

Bob was born to parents Lillie Leora Holt Hanks and Russell Hanks on February 13, 1932 in Montgomery County, Texas. He graduated from San Jacinto High School and immediately entered the United States Marine Corps where he served from 1950 – 1952.

Bob fought in the Korean War where he served in the 1st Marine Division as a forward observer. His job was to provide artillery support for an infantry company. He served much of his time in Korea as part of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign wherein he earned his Purple Heart medal and was promoted to Buck Sergeant. The extreme cold and adverse weather conditions left him with some life-long disabilities, but he was always very proud to be a Marine and would not have traded his time in the Corps for anything. He returned to the states and was honorably discharged from the Marines on March 3, 1952.

Not long after his return, Bob met and later married Dixie Lee Whitford on June 26, 1953. In fact, they just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary just days before his passing. Bob and Dixie settled in Houston and had three sons.

Bob began to attend the University of Houston where he majored in Electrical Engineering. To pay for his education, Bob drove a taxi, worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor and served as an Assistant Parks Director for the City of Houston, all at the same time while also balancing the duties of a husband and father. He also taught engineering courses at the University of Houston for 4 years until graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree.

Soon after earning his degree, Bob went to work for Brown and Root, Inc. as an Electrical Engineer and remained there until his retirement. Several years after retiring, Bob was asked to consult on the design and engineering of the large turbo windmills that were just beginning to be utilized as an alternate energy source. He worked as a consultant for almost two years before finally retiring for good.

Bob was always proudest of his family, his time as a U.S. Marine, his education and his achievements as an Electrical Engineer. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Leon Emmitt Davis, Russell Hanks, Jr. and Allan Delmar Hanks, his son, Keith DeWayne Hanks and his son, Chad Everett Hanks. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dixie Lee Hanks, his son, Terry Lee Hanks, sister-in-law, Bea Hanks, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends.

Bob’s life will be celebrated with a visitation opportunity at the Niday Funeral Home located at 12440 Beamer Road on Thursday, July 13th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A second visitation will be held on Friday, July 14th from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM followed by a chapel service at 2:00 PM.