Robert Earl Houchin Sr., 64, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at his home in Azle.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Biggers Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Biggers Funeral Home.
Bob, the first of two boys, was born in 1950 in Thomas, Oklahoma, to Thelma Havice and Asa Earl Houchin. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and later moved to Burleson, Texas where he worked as a VP of modular construction for twenty years. Bob married Terri Hughes, and had three children: Shannon, Robert Jr., and Christopher. Bob earned many accolades during his years in modular construction, and traveled internationally, as far away as China during the late 1970s. He was a savvy businessman and loving father, sharing his joy of camping, fishing, and business with his children. He later formed software and gaming companies to include the expertise of his immediate and extended families, going on to achieve a level of market success unprecedented in the industry. Bob had an uncanny talent for bringing people together on projects and finding solutions to business problems when none seemed feasible. He is remembered as a fair man, a man of his word, and a person of integrity. In 2013, Bob was diagnosed with lung cancer and spent the next two years aggressively battling the illness that later claimed his life. He approached the disease much the same way he approached life: with a personal mission to succeed. In the end, cancer bested Bob—the only thing to do so. His body gave up the fight before his mind did, and his family mourns the loss, but celebrates a life lived.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Cindy Houchin; children, Robert E. Houchin, Jr., Christopher Houchin, Shannon Canard, Stephen Yarbrough, Tiffany Yarbrough, and Robert Yarbrough; nine grandchildren; his brother Bill Houchin and wife Patricia; his mother and father, Thelma and Charley Havice; and his childrens’ spouses: Chris Canard, Amy Rosas Houchin, Delania Houchin, Diana Yarbrough and Saxon Yarbrough.