Robert E. Denman
December 21, 1927
June 27, 2015
His Great Great Grandfather was Moses Denman, a Bell County pioneer.
Robert graduated from Meridian High School in 1945 and enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. He served through 1949 being stationed in Virginia, Washington, Alaska, Kentucky and finally Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
There he met Doris at First Baptist Church Lawton; she was home from college for the holidays. They married June 12, 1949, and had 65 wonderful years together until her death July 2014.
Robert attended North Texas Agricultural College, now Tarleton State University, where he studied architecture. He was stricken with polio in 1951 at age 24. With prayer warriors and great doctors, he survived to live a great life.
Robert sold Real Estate with his dad in Stephenville and later began a 25 year career with Texas Highway Department (TXDOT) in Fort Worth.
He was transferred to Austin in 1963 and remained there until 1977 when he and Doris moved to Salado and purchased The Barton House on Main Street. Collecting Antiques, which began as a hobby, evolved into the opening of their store The Royal Emporium on Main Street in 1989. Eleven years later, in 2001, Robert designed and built a new building on North Main Street that became the new location of the business; the building was later purchased for the The Salado Public Library and serves the entire community. The Denmans retired from retail in 2003.
Robert loved the Lord, America, Texas, and The Village of Salado. He worked tirelessly for his God, country, and community in many capacities, including the following: President of Salado Chamber of Commerce, President of Salado Merchants’ Association, Founding member of Tablerock Festival of Salado, Member of Salado Lions Club, 20+ years on the Selective Service Board of Bell County, Board of Directors Bell County Health Department, Village of Salado steering committee, Bell County Historical Commission member, 50+ years as an ordained Deacon in multiple Baptist churches in Fort Worth, Austin, and Salado serving in ways only known by those served and His Lord.
Robert was preceded in death by: parents Oran and Mary Denman, brothers Cecil and Jack Denman, wife Doris Denman, and great grandson Elijah Crecelius.
Robert is survived by: Daughter Cathy Sands and her husband Larry, of Salado; grandson Monty Sands and wife Caroline with great granddaughter Anabelle of Frisco; grandson Zachary and wife Jessica with great grandson Jaden of Coppell.
Daughter Christie Justice of Salado; grandson Jonathan Willman with great grandson Colton of Sugar Land; Mary Crecelius and husband Brad with great granddaughter Maya and great grandson Liam of Austin; Hannah Young and husband Tyler with great grandson Indiana of Silver Spring, MD.
Son Larry Denman with grandson Nathan of Dallas.
Many family members and friends.
Robert remained faithful and maintained his sense of humor until he took his last earthly breath. He instantly met Christ and was united once more with Doris in their new heavenly home, surrounded by family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First Baptist Church of Salado Tomorrow Fund or Wounded Warriors.
A visitation will be at Broecker Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. Services will be Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Salado. Internment will be private.
Services are in the care of Broecker Funeral Home, Salado.