Robert Cathey, age 86, of Kempner, passed away on Friday, February 25, 2022, in Killeen. Memorial Graveside services, with Military Honors, will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, April 22, 20022, at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Robert was born on February 27, 1935, in Heber Springs, AR to the late Earnest and Gladys Spears Cathey. He attended school in Heber Springs before moving to Oregon where he graduated from high school. Robert served in the Air Force, Marines and retired from the United States Army after nearly 24 years of service. Robert earned many awards during his time in the service including National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Robert met Ingelore Weiss in Germany while based there and married in 1963. They had two children together, Diane and Michael. Robert retired in 1978 and he and Ingelore lived in Copperas Cove. He worked in the prison system before having to stay home and care for his wife before she passed away in 1981. After her passing, he worked as an insurance agent and then founded AA Auto Rental and Sales in Copperas Cove. On Valentine's Day of 1987, he married Elizabeth Lochhead on West Fort Hood. They have spent the last 35 years together enjoying life, traveling all over North America, and RVing. Robert was a member of the VFW in Harker Heights and the American Legion in Killeen. Robert also enjoyed the HAM radio and was active in the local club. Robert was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing with his friends and neighbors.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ingelore; and his brother, Kenneth Cathey.
Robert is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Cathey; children, Diane Ellis and husband, Joey, Michael Cathey, Deborah Salazar and husband, Marty, Bradley Lane and wife, Valerie; brother, Paul Cathey; sister-in-law, Lynn Cathey; nine grandchildren, Jessica, Heather, Corrina, Amber, Princton, Fylicia, Melody, Elena, and Bradley Grant and numerous great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.