ROBERT STILES DANSBY, December 11, 1944—September 17, 2021
Robert S. “Bob” Dansby, 76, of College Station, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021.
Bob was born in Bryan to Roland Curtis Dansby and Marguerite Ruth Frederickson Dansby on December 11, 1944. He is preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, William Roland “Bill Ro” Dansby. He is survived by his sister, Binnie-Anne Dansby, by nephews Richard Dansby Kirkpatrick and Robert Bruce Kirkpatrick, and by many cousins.
While a student at Stephen F. Austin High School, Bob was a member of the math club, A Capella choir, and student council. Graduating from Stephen F. Austin in 1963, he went on to attend Texas A&M University. Over the years, he worked in several career fields, including as a scuba diving instructor in Galveston. In later years, he resided in and managed a hunting lodge at the Peach Creek community, College Station, currently owned by two cousins, and once owned by his grandfather, Romney Mabry Dansby.
Bob was an avid student of history, especially military history, which could be evidenced by a look at his vast library of military books and DVDs. In 1961, he participated in the pageant at Kyle Field, Texas A&M, celebrating Bryan’s centennial, in which he and other young men reenacted a battle of the War between the States. Additionally, for many years he was a member of the Confederate/Commemorative Air Force, an organization dedicated to acquiring, restoring, and preserving vintage aircraft.
A longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Bryan, Bob was a man of quiet yet devoted faith in Jesus Christ. He is best remembered for his generosity, honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 23, 2021, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Services will be at graveside on Friday, September 24, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Bryan City Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.
How sad. Like many of us, I grew up w/Bob. He was a good friend. He lived across the street from Jarvis. I believe his Dad may have, at one time, been the Mayor of Bryan, but that's incidental. In my opinion,Bob took a path less traveled by so many of our classmates but he was a really good guy.
Today would have been Bob's 77th birthday. I don't know exactly when we first met, but it was in Sunday school, probably when we were three or four years old. We'd been good friends ever since. The Dansbys moved from Oak Street to East 29th after first grade, so we were classmates as well from then on. I do recall that Bob's dad served as Bryan's mayor on two different occasions. It was very sad to learn of Bob's passing although I was aware of some of his health issues, and I did worry about him. We used to mail things to each other (books, DVDs, political items, etc.), and as it turned out, he mailed a package to me only a few hours before he died. Some of Bob's mannerisms often made people feel uncomfortable, but though I was aware of some of these things, I was always able to look beyond them to know the real Bob, who, in my opinion, was loyal, trustworthy, and honest. All in all, a very good, lifelong friend. Rest in peace, Bob.