Robert “Bob” Ritchie Edmonston, age 81, passed away June 21, 2023 following heart issues. He was born on February 10, 1941 in Washington D.C. to the late Ritchie and Helen Edmonston. Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jo Nell Edmonston; children, Susan Young and Heather Shelton; grandchildren, Robert Miller, Grant Shelton and Cate Shelton; brother, Thomas (Margaret) Edmonston; sister-in-law, Eileen Edmonston; brother-in-law, Robert “Bob” Migliorino, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other loved extended family and friends.
Along, with his parents, Bob is preceded in death by brother, James Edmonston and sister, Mary Frances “Fran” Migliorino.
Bob spent his early years in Washington D.C. playing football for Gonzaga Preparatory High School and went on to graduate from the prestigious Georgetown University in 1964 with a BA in the Foreign Service School. After college, he became a Navigator and a Navigational Instructor at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento County, California for 8 years. While training, he was stationed at James Connolly Air Force Base in Waco, Texas. Through mutual friends, he met his life-long partner, Jo Nell Edmondson on a blind date because they had similar sounding last names, although not related. They married in Waco on March 26,1966.
Bob’s love for Texas stayed with him for over 51 years as the family enjoyed living in many different cities throughout his life - Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Aledo, Weatherford and Sealy. Throughout his extensive career as a Project Manager in commercial construction, he was an owner and partner for Allied Interior Systems in San Antonio and his own firm, TexWorth Inc. in Fort Worth.
Bob loved traveling throughout Colorado and New Mexico so much so he lived in Woodland Park and had a home in Cloudcroft. His collection of Civil War books filled an extensive library at home. His passion for being an avid golfer and cheering on his favorite football teams always kept him busy and entertained. Bob loved taking road trips and visited practically all of the Civil War battlefields in the United States. He loved to keep up with his grandkids and playing cards with his son-in-law, who he could always regularly beat at gin. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He never knew a stranger, and could strike up a conversation with anyone who crossed his path. He touched so many lives throughout his life and will be missed by many.
People wishing to celebrate Bob’s life may make contributions to the American Heart Association of Texas, or a charity of your choice. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 1, 2023 at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Woodland Park Cemetery in Mineral Wells.