Bobby Maberry Floerke passed away on December 24, 2020 after a long battle with Dementia He was born to Vernie and August Floerke, Jr. on January 1, 1933 in Taft, Texas.
As a young child, Bobby lived on the family farm graduating from Gregory High School, where he enjoyed playing basketball. He also attended Del Mar College, being a member of the football team. Serving his country, Bobby enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
On June 3, 1955, he married the love of his life, Norma Bennett, making their home in Taft, Texas. He began his working career as a plumber, later moving into farming, which he continued until retirement.
Bobby was an avid sportsman. He loved spending time at the deer lease, hunting with his family, as well as fishing the local area. This instilled a love for the outdoors in not only his children, but extended family. The Frio River was special to him. Many times, Bobby could be found playing dominoes in the river with his friends, making memories to last a lifetime. He also loved to garden. Later in life, one could find Bobby weeding, watering and just admiring the vegetables. No telling how many people were blessed to receive something from his garden.
There were numerous organizations that Bobby was involved with throughout his life. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Jaycees, Taft Rifle Club and Blackland Museum to name a few. He was a long-time member of the Midway Gin Board of Directors, serving in several positions. It is said of Bobby that he preferred to work in the background, making sure things ran smoothly. He was quiet, but when something needed to be done, he could make it happen.
But above all else, Bobby was a family man. He was Husband, Dad and Pops to them. He lovingly nursed Norma during her illness. He encouraged his sons’ love for farming, was his daughter’s hero and doted on all his grand and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Tim Floerke, grandson Corey Watson and brother Sam Floerke.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his children: Linda Watson of Taft, Texas, Troy (Donna) Floerke of Taft, Texas; daughter-in-law, Molly Patrick (New Braunfels, Texas); grandchildren, Shelley (Jorge) Torres, Jarrett (Amber) Floerke, Lindsey Floerke, Blaine Floerke Nathan Floerke and Kelby Floerke; and great-children, Hayley, Addison, Kyndall and Landon; sister, Oveta Dawe of Denton, Texas.
Pall bearers are Jarrett Floerke, Blaine Floerke, Nathan Floerke, Jorge Torres, Andrew Miller, Walt Howard, Wesley Howard, Hunter Winsauer, William Winsauer, Asa Winsauer, Sam G. Floerke, Joseph Floerke and Matthew Floerke.
Honorary pallbearers are Michael Howard, Buddy Howard, Sam Floerke, Keith Floerke, Benton Floerke, Bart Floerke, Brad Floerke, Monte Floerke, Buddy Gabriel, C. R. Marsh and Roy Stegall.
Funeral services will be held on December 29, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church, Taft, Texas with the Graveside service immediately following at The Palms Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bobby’s memory can be given to The South Texas Children’s Home or First Baptist Church, Taft, Texas.
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