April 15, 1929 - August 7, 2014
Robert (Bob) Lawrence died on August 7, 2014. Born in Dallas on April 15, 1929 to parents Jess and Kathryn Lawrence, Bob graduated from Sunset High School in 1947, served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, graduated from the University of North Texas in 1955, and worked in the insurance business throughout his life. He and Nancy Turner Lawrence, the love of his life, married in 1953, and during his final three days, she and their children and grandchildren were among many loving family members at his bedside.
Bob could be trusted to express his thoughts with utmost candor. He was an avid reader of history and grieved over the injustice and violence in the world. He wanted the best for everyone and if possible, would help them attain it. In high school, he began what would become a life-long study of the Spanish language. He also had a keen interest in automobiles, and as a proponent of safe driving skills, taught defensive driving to his children and grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by son Blake Lawrence; family members who survive to miss him are his wife Nancy, daughter Susan Edwards and husband Jim, son Brett Lawrence and wife Shelley, son Kent Lawrence, grandchildren Kurt Lawrence and fiancée’ Henan Rider, Rachel Ganter and husband Rob, Sophia Lawrence, Alec Lawrence, Ryan Lawrence, sister Barbara Lawrence Cartwright, nephews David Cook, wife Brenda and son Keylan, Marcus Cartwright, wife Liza and their children Jacob and Colton, a host of cousins and many others.
After suffering a devastating stroke, Bob’s final three days were spent in the Intensive Care Unit of Presbyterian Hospital where he received excellent care throughout his transition from this life. His family expresses gratitude to his entire medical team for the compassion they received in letting him go.
Bob’s family will be holding a Celebration of Life gathering on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 3-5 pm at the Grand Heritage Homes Clubhouse, 200 Grand Heritage Blvd. Lavon, TX 75166. A private family interment at the DFW National Cemetery will be held. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in honor of Bob.
Arrangements are under the direction of: ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home 10116 E. NW Highway Dallas, Texas 75238 214.340.8008
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