Robert (Bob) Leonard Herich


Robert (Bob) Leonard Herich
Robert (Bob) Leonard Herich

Robert (Bob) Leonard Herich, 83, of Amarillo, Texas was called home by his loving Savior on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 3:00 P.M., at First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard Batson officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

Bob was reared in the suburbs of Chicago as the youngest of four children and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps and proudly identified himself as a Marine throughout his lifetime. His large personality energized any room he entered. He was strong and stubborn, but freely allowed himself to be the target of much teasing. Laughter followed wherever he went. His grandchildren knew that it was always the right time for ice cream.

With a natural gift for understanding all things mechanical, Bob spent his professional years with a company that develops biomechanical testing equipment. However, his best service years came after his retirement. As a child of Slovakian immigrants, Bob took great pride and joy working with the Burmese community through the First Baptist Church in Amarillo. Many became like members of his extended family. Through that service, Bob’s faith deepened and was reflected in the testimony he shared.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Marie Herich; his sister and brother-in-law, Violet (Herich) and Pete Winandy; and his brother and sister-in-law, Arnold and Laurel Herich.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Rebecca (Snodgrass) Herich, his brother, Emil Herich, and his children: Bob and Deb Herich, Phil and Kathy Herich, and Karl and Deb (Herich) Ondersma. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jared and Kristen (Ella, Emma, Knightly) Herich, Carlie and Matt (Lucy, Sloane) Meyer, Lauren and Jordan (Brianne) Thomas, Mikayla and Victor Blomberg; Kirsten Herich, Ashley and Israel Castellanos, Hunter and Anna Herich, and Kip and Sarah Herich; Audrey Ondersma,  Leah Ondersma and Ike Ondersma, his sister-in-law, Ann Jenkins of Amarillo, his brother-in-law Roy Snodgrass and wife Joan of Austin TX, niece Patty Masse and husband Vince of Arlington Heights, Illinois and many other loving nieces and nephews, and his very sweet cat, Chancellor.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the International Department of First Baptist Church.

13 Replies to “Robert (Bob) Leonard Herich”

  1. Dear Becky, Although I didn’t get to know Bob, I am genuinely sorry for your loss. It is always sad to lose your life partner. May you take solace in the family and friends who loved you both.

  2. I am so sad for you and your family, Becky. I enjoyed getting to know Bob. He always remembered that I was a fellow cat lover. May the memories you’ve shared together bring you peace.

  3. Becky, my heart goes out to you, your family, and loved ones. Bob was such a bright spot with a tender heart as he worked with both kids and adults (and me!) in Slovakia. He was joyful and sincere in all he did. His testimony has reached so many. With love. Vanessa

  4. I am so sorry to hear about Bob. I have respected and loved him for sixty years. My deepest sympathy is sent to you.

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of this man here on earth, but know that there is much rejoicing in Heaven. All my love & prayers to my Herich family. ❤️🙏🏻

  6. Becky, i am so sorry for your loss. He certainly will be missed. Prayers being lifted for you & the family & many friends.

  7. Dearest Becky, I am so grateful that you and Bob came into my life and Joe Ann’s when you did. My heart and head are full of memories. You both had a significant ministry in Slovakia in the English camps and I will share your loss with those who love you there. Our friendship, the visits, and the Skype calls are all precious memories to me. I am sorry for your loss and will be praying for you at this time and in the days ahead. My love to you always.

  8. Becky, my heart has been with you since Bob, became ill. He was a sweet precious person and will be missed by all. God be with you and I send my heartfelt condolences. God bless you. Pat

  9. Becky,
    My heart goes out to you! I cannot imagine the grief you must feel. I wish that I had had the opportunity to meet Bob. You just seemed perfect together. I am lifting you and your family up in prayer. Sending my love your way.

  10. Becky I am so sad for your loss of Bob He was so proud of you as a teacher and I recall his many visits to Bear Creek Elementary. Take care
    and my thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Sandra Shenkir

  11. Becky, I have known Bob for only a short time, but he was always nice and polite and seemed to like playing bridge. He will be greatly missed. You are in my prayers. God Bless.

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