Robert W. McQueen of Granbury, 89, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Granbury.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wiley Funeral Home. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Memorials: Memorials can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research online at [email protected] or by mail to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.
Bob was born in Stephenfield, Manitoba, Canada on the family farm and moved to Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, a small farming community, when he was almost 5. He walked 7 miles to and from school daily except for occasions when it was too cold. Those days earned him a trip by horse and sleigh with his father. His family moved to a farm near Dawson Creek (Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway) within a few years where he lived until he moved to Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 16 to attend the University of Alberta. He volunteered in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and received his wings, becoming a flying instructor of bombing and air gunnery servicemen. He left as a 1st Lieutenant in 1945 and returned to university, graduating with a BSc in Chemical Engineering. He went to work for Imperial Oil (ESSO) as a petroleum engineer. After working for several other oil related companies, in 1958 he joined Dresser Industries as Canadian Manager of their Guiberson division. In 1968, he was promoted to Vice President of Worldwide Operations and moved his family to Dallas, Texas. After retiring from Dresser in Houston in 1978, he formed several private companies including Penetrators, Inc which had a patented oil well completion system. While in Houston, he became a U.S. citizen. In 1993, at age 70, he retired completely and moved from Houston to Granbury where he became a Master Gardener and enjoyed his last years.
He married Edna Lenora McGillivray May 10, 1946, in Edmonton, Canada and she preceded him in death on Oct. 31, 2003.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Courtyards at Lake Granbury and Interim Hospice.
Survivors: Sons, Grant McQueen and wife, Connie, of Red Deer, Canada, Neil McQueen and wife, Moriah, of Corpus Christi; daughters, Sharon Barnes of Granbury, Gaye Clements and husband, David, of Huntsville, Texas; grandchildren, Craig Barnes and Jodi, Kent Barnes and Faith, Scott Barnes, Sean Clements and Lindsey, Cole Clements, Catherine McQueen, Amy McQueen, Lisa McQueen, Rob McQueen; step-grandchildren, Eli Taieb, Ian Barrerra, Quinn Barrerra.