Bobby Glenn Winder
Bobby Glenn Winder
  • June 4, 1930 - September 14, 2017
  • Rusk, Texas

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Ret. CMSgt. Bobby Glenn Winder

Bobby Winder passed away September 14th peacefully in his home at the age of 87. He was born June 4, 1930 in Caro, Texas to Robert Preston and Jewel Miriam Hawthorne Winder. Bobby was the second of five children. He attended and completed school in Central Heights, Texas.

Funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Rev. Don Copeland of Rusk will be officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Nacogdoches. The United States Air Force, Masonic Lodge No. 45, and Patriot Guard riders will perform special honors at the cemetery.

Friends and family are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Monday, September 18, 2017, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Bobby joined the Air Force at age 17 in January of 1948 during the Korean War conflict. He was in the Strategic Air Command stationed out of Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, LA. He also served in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969 and was stationed at that time in Udorn, Thailand. He served a total of 26 years, retiring in 1972.

Bobby married Myra Beth Wilburn on September 6, 1955. They had 2 daughters and lived in several states over the next 26 years including San Juan, Puerto Rico, Greencastle, PA, and Anchorage, AK. In between deployments, they returned to Barksdale AFB.

After retiring from the Air Force, he moved his family to Rusk, TX to begin ranching and farming and started his civilian career working at Rusk Federal and Citizens Bank. Eventually he became a business owner together with his wife, and they opened and worked side by side at West-Wind Copper and Aluminum, Inc. and later West-Wind Quick Lube.

Some of his favorite memories include the times he spent as an avid bass fisherman and hunting deer, squirrel, and pheasants. He enjoyed a good dice game as well as dominoes. Family and friends were very important to him and he enjoyed spending time with them. Those who knew him could tell you about his deep love for his country and he served it with pride.

He was a Master Mason in Euclid Lodge No.45 AF & AM of Rusk, TX. He became a Master Mason on November 10, 1956 in Arlington Heights Lodge No. 1184 AF & AM of Fort Worth, Tx. Later, he received his Master Scottish Rite Mason 32nd Degree on November 14th, 1968 and held membership in the Valley of Harrisburg Pennsylvania of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. He was a member of the Sharon Shriners in Tyler, TX.

He is survived by wife of 62 years, Myra of Rusk, TX; two daughters, Teri Glynne Dyer and husband Johnny, of Baton Rouge, LA, and Monique Harrison of Livingston, TX; grandchildren, Misti and Brandon Hudnall of Rusk, TX; Wesley and Chad Dyer of Jacksonville, TX; Adrianne and Gary Don Murphy of Livingston, TX; Beth and Christopher Evans of Frisco, TX; Ashli and Jonathan Deshotel of Hessmer, LA; and Tres and Lauren Harrison of Livingston, TX; 16 great grandchildren survive with one on the way, and one great great grandchild. He is also survived by siblings Mavis Clifton and Sue Sanders of Nacogdoches, TX; Rho and Jausell Winder of Caro, TX; and John and Linda Winder of Angleton, TX; Sister-in-laws Florence Bostick of Gallatin, TX; Maxine and husband, Jerry Don Pierce of Rusk, TX; brother-in-law Ray and wife, Jan Wilburn of Lake Charles, LA; aunt, Dorothy Anglin of Cleveland, TX; special friend, Bob Sisk; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and son in law, Jamie Harrison.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Evans, Gary Don Murphy, Bill Tosh, Jerry Don Pierce, Forrest Dyess, Deaton Goff, Wesley Dyer, and Jonathan Deshotel.
Honorary Pallbearers are Johnny Dyer, Jake Creamer, Carson Creamer, Bob Sisk, Chad Dyer, Robert Stover, Johnny Ray Davis, and members of the former Rusk Bass Fishing Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Shriners Hospital for Children at 6977 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77030 or charity of your choice.

Arrangements under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas.