Robert Charles Trant Sr. passed away Thursday January 12, 2012, at the hospital in Austin, Texas, after complications of a stroke on December 24, 2011. The family will receive guests during a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, January 15, 2012, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m., Monday, January 16 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home, with Pastor Bryan Trant officiating. He will be interred in Bryan City Cemetery in a private ceremony.
Robert was born at home in Grimes County to Philip Kennard Trant and Edith Owen Trant. He was one of 4 children including Glada Mae Crocker, P.K. Trant Jr., and Blocker B. Trant. In 1936 Robert graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan, Texas. He graduated Texas A&M in Kingsville, Texas in 1940.
In 1940, Robert married Bonnie Wingo. They in turn had 3 children: Norma Ann (deceased 1977), Janet, and Robert Jr. During his marriage to Bonnie, Robert was employed as a foreman on several ranches in Arizona and Texas. He also rode for the Bureau of Animal Industry with the rank of inspector for the control of “Hoof & Mouth Disease”.
In 1948 Robert went to work full time as a field superintendent in the commercial construction business in the Bryan and Dallas area until he retired in 1975.
In 1974, Robert re-married to Lorene Redd and moved to Palacios, Texas. Robert was not happy being retired and decided to return to school for a teaching certificate. He was then able to teach Jr. High and High school construction shop, a trade he was well suited for. While they lived in Palacios, he and Lori loved to fish and owned several boats at various times in which they put to good use.
In 2006, Robert and Lori moved to Kingsland in order to be closer to his daughter Janet. Lori was in poor health and passed away in January 2010.
Survivors include his daughter, Janet Herrington; son, Robert Jr.; and sister, Glada Mae Trant Crocker; 4 granddaughters, 1 grandson, and 11 great-grandchildren.
For those who desire, memorial contributions can be made in his name to the “Feed the Children” organization at: www.feedthechildren.org.