Robert Keville Rabe, age 85, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018. He was born July 1, 1932, in Gene Autry to Walton and Tilmae Hinshaw Rabe.
Robert is survived by three children, Bill Rabe and wife Connie, of Booker, Texas; Janice Crosby and husband Steve, of Denver, Colo.; Bobbi Baker and husband Darrell, of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, Jackie Rabe and wife Linda, and Glen Rabe and wife Robin; and special care-giver Angel Cox. He is preceded in death by his wife Billie; son Scott; grandson Cody Crosby; parents Walton and Tilmae Rabe; sisters LaDella Jones and Radine Spradling, all of Lone Grove.
Robert graduated high school in May 1950 from Lone Grove and soon after married Billie Langford Nov. 10, 1950. They made their home initially in Oklahoma but soon moved out to New Mexico to explore working in the oil field. After 32 years of working in the oil fields in Texas, Okla., New Mexico and Louisiana, Robert retired back to Lone Grove in 1990.
He purchased land west of Lone Grove and soon began a cow-calf operation. This is what he always dreamed of doing.
Robert loved all kinds of fishing. From cat fishing in the Washita River to Red Snapper fishing at Port Mansfield, Texas, and many lakes in between.
Robert loved the Lord and was involved in church ministry. He served as a deacon and various other positions while living out in Texas and Louisiana.
Robert was a family man who enjoyed his four children, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He loved spending time with family, spending time working on his land and keeping up with old friends.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Craddock Memorial Chapel.
Jesus Garcia, Bryan Dunlap, Brendan Baker, Rod Dunlap, Phil Tanner and Jeremy Haworth will serve as pallbearers.
Online condolences may be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com.