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Robert “Jack” Herring passed away July 13 in Belllville due to complications from pneumonia. 

He was born Aug. 9, 1941 in Floresville, Texas, the fifth of seven children born to Albert Lee Herring and Smithie Lurline Griffin Herring.

He spoke pretty good Spanish since he grew up in the little towns of South Texas where if you didn’t “habla” you couldn’t have any friends – Lavernia, Devine, Lytle, Laredo, Hebronville, Blanco, and Castroville. He graduated from San Marcos High School in 1959 and received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from UT-Austin in 1966.

While attending UT, Jack met his future wife, Vonnie Marie Israel of Austin, through a mutual friend. They were married in Austin on June 9, 1962.

They moved to Alief in 1969 where he coached his children’s football, baseball and softball teams. The family enjoyed summer vacation road trips and camping all across the U.S.

In 1996 Jack and Vonnie realized their dream and bought 115 acres near Bellville and appropriately named their new home “El Sueno” – The Dream.

Jack’s work career spanned many companies – LTV, TRW, TI, FOS, Marathon Oil, Fluor, EDI, Paragon, and Pegasus.

He was self-employed for 20 years as a consultant supporting EDI’s SACS software program. He was well respected in the engineering community in Houston.

A long-time friend described Jack as being “a gentleman farmer, a passable bowler, and a heck of a woodworker.” 

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Albert  and Gerald.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vonnie, daughter Laurie, son Todd, one granddaughter, two grandsons, his sister and three brothers.

A potluck supper and celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Saturday, July 30  beginning at 3 p.m. at the family home in Bellville. Please wear burnt orange – don’t worry, burnt orange armbands will be available for non-believers.  Jack will be looking down smiling with his “hook’em” and holding his Miller Lite!

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