Robert (Bob) Emrie
Robert (Bob) Eugene Emrie passed away Thursday, May 13th 2010 at 2:50 a.m. He remained active until just a few weeks ago. A diagnosis of cancer "took the starch" out of him, resulting in a very rapid decline.
Bob truly loved his family and friends and none were prepared for him to leave so quickly, but can be comforted that he had a good life, accomplished much, and gave to the betterment of others. All will miss his chuckle, wit, and companionship.
Bob was born September 15, 1928 to Laurence and Dorothy Emrie. He was raised on a farm and attended school in Beaver County, Oklahoma. He graduated from Liberal, Kansas High School in 1946. He married Shirley Lea in Liberal, Kansas. To this union were born four children: Sharon, Dennis, Jennifer and Cynthia. Bob enrolled in Civil Engineering, and received a Bachelor of Science degree at Oklahoma State University in 1958. Following graduation he was employed by Harold Hoskins & Assoc. in Greeley, Colorado. During this time he was involved with design and construction of Water and Wastewater projects.
In 1964, Bob joined Western Filter Company of Denver, Colorado, manufacturers of water treating equipment. Western Filter was a dominant supplier of water treatment equipment in the soft drink industry. During this period, he served as a Director and President of The Society of Soft Drink Technology. Recognizing the need to recover water resources, Bob formed Western Pollution Control as a subsidiary of Western Filter. He developed a relationship with Enviroquip of Austin, Texas.
In 1977, the CEO of Enviroquip resigned for health reasons, Bob and Shirley relocated to Austin and became instrumental in the growth of Enviroquip and the community. Bob was made a Mason at Fargo Masonic Lodge #300 in Liberal, Kansas on November 22, 1949, and raised to Master Mason on February 6, 1950. He was created a Shriner on June 1, 1968 at El Jabel in Denver, Colorado. Bob is Past Master of Parsons #222 Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, Ben Hur Shrine, and Royal Order of Jesters. He served as Potentate of Ben Hur in 1992, was Director of the Jesters in 1985 and President of the Jesters of Texas in 1996. He served on the Board of Governors of the Shrine Burn Institute in Galveston, Texas for almost a decade, serving as Board Chairman in 1996. He and Shirley were privileged to make several lasting friendships in their fraternal activities spanning over half a century.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Ace Allsup III, MD who provided thoughtful care to Bob for many years. Also, to the care providers on the sixth floor of Seton Hospital. But especially, to his friends and brothers in Ben Hur Shrine and various Masonic organizations that have filled his life throughout the years. Bob is preceeded in death by Shirley, his wife of 56 years, and his parents.
Survivors are Sharon Emrie of Austin; Dennis Emrie and wife Patrice of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jennifer Sosler and husband Joe of Austin; and Cynthia Coleman of Austin; Grandchildren Shiloh Wallace, Brooke Hailey, Chad Emrie, Sean Emrie, Levi Hailey, and Jacob Tarpley; Sisters Lois (Sis) Blakemore of Scottsdale, Arizona and Jane Easterwood of Spring, Texas.
Bob was a good and honest man, remaining true to his values throughout life. One of the principles he held true to his heart is memorialized on many Shriner Children treatment centers "No Man Stands So Tall As When He Stoops To Help A Child".