1953 – 2016 Obituary
Robert Elmore Orth peacefully slipped into the arms of Jesus June 5, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. Son of Elmore and Marilyn Orth, Bob was born March 19, 1953, in New Orleans. Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by his loving wife Pat of 28 years; sons Billy Orth (wife Michelle) and Tommy Orth; siblings James Orth (wife Kay), Eileen Hagardorn (husband Jerry) and Ellyn Meier; as well as nieces, nephews and many friends.
He graduated from the University of New Orleans (BA), and Loyola Law School, New Orleans (JD). Bob had a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. He began his career with Shell in New Orleans, Bakersfield, and Houston. He then spent considerable time internationally, including extended time in Argentina with Santa Fe Energy. Following a stint as Vice-President of Penn Virginia Oil & Gas Corp and Sumitomo, Bob was co-founder of Skyline LLC, and most recently Stallion Exploration LLC. Bob was well-respected by his peers. He very much enjoyed his final efforts in co-founding Stallion Exploration which allowed him to co-venture on opportunities with his partner Mark Jarvis and his brother Jim.
In 1997 his lifelong passion for thoroughbred horse racing led to the founding of his racing stable and successful horse racing business. Bob loved his family and was actively involved in coaching his sons and other youth in baseball and basketball. He loved sports and shared that love with his sons, following the teams they loved. His ultimate love for them was passing along by example his deep Christian values and love of life.
The Orth family will be present to receive friends Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079. The Memorial Service celebrating Bob’s life will commence Monday, June 13, 2016 at 11:30 AM at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, 14200 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079. A reception will follow services on the church campus.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to www.lopetx.org or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society . Visit www.DettlingFuneral.com to leave online tributes.
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 9, 2016
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