April 30, 1945 ~ April 23, 2009
Paul Ervin Robel passed away on April 23, 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents Cecilia Ann and Robert A. Robel of Rockport, Texas. He is survived by Wanda peebles-Robel, his devoted and loving wife, brother Raymond and wife Sue, sister Patricia Grelle of Dripping Springs, son Jeff Robel and his wife Dawn pf Pagosa Springs, Colorado and their three children Jonathon, Ethan, and Keaton, daughter Susan and her husband Greg, and children Kaylee and Zachary, stepson Dr. Jeffrey Peebles of Southlake, Texas and his wife Kathy and their four chidlren Julie, Taylor, David, Scott, and John, stepson Scott Peebles of Houston, Texas and his wife Deanie and their three childrenConnor, Dylan, and Duncan, many nieces and nephews. Paul was born on April 30, 1945 in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Sam Houston High School where he lettered football and track. He earned his BS in Industrial Arts from Southwest Texas University. He returned to Sam Houston High where he began his teaching career. Later he obtained his Masters degree in Education from Southwest Texas University in San Marcos and spent time teaching at San Antonio College. He earned a second Masters degree from Texas A&M University at College Station. While in high school, Paul developed a close friendship with his mentor and teacher Bill Pabst who shared a mutual interest and love for fly fishing. They began a lifelong journey fishing the rivers of New Mexico and Colorado. Many absorbing stories were told of their adventures.Paul would custom build fly rods and his own flies. He left teaching to open "Paul's Hardware Store" in Rockport Texas. After many years at this venture, he moved back to San Antonio, to teach at Eisenhower Middle School. There he was voted Teacher of Year 2001-2002. He retired in 2003 to spend more time in his bass boat on the Texas lakes and enjoy his twelve grandchildren. Paul;s fondest and most caring activity, after retiring from his teaching profession, was his time spent driving a school bus for North East ISD-and lavishing all the love and loyalty he had for his beloved kids of Bus #213. Those same young people helped him assuage the pain and suffering that accompanied a terminal illness. God bless them all! The family wishes to express heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Stephen C. Cohen who took such personal care of Paul as well as the nurses and staff at Cancer Care Center of South Texas, Maxine, Anne, Shannon, Margaret, also Dr. Jeffrey S. Peebles, Dr. Richard Newman, Diane, our Stephen's minister Al Stewart-wonderful people who were always there for us. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stephen C. Cohen Foundation for Oncologic Research at Cancer Care Centers of South Texas at 2130 NE Loop 410, suite 100 in San Antonio, TX 78217. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at Concordia Lutheran Church on Huebner Rd. and 1604. To leave a note for the family, go to www.meadowlawn.net.
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