Robert Wayne Childers

Robert Wayne “Bear” Childers, 87 of Denton, passed away on April 2, 2018 at Denton Presbyterian Hospital. He was born on February 4, 1931 to Herman and Wanda Jessie (Shelton) Childers in Perkins, Oklahoma.

Born during a time of struggle, Bear was not afraid of hard work. He was instilled with a strong sense of Patriotism at a very young age and thus joined the Oklahoma National Guard as soon as he turned 18. He was activated to Korea by 1950 and this began his long career serving his country. He flew for the Army Air Corps before joining the Navy as a mechanic, and finally joined the Air Force where he retired in 1973.

He was a Boy Scouts of America Scout Leader in both Arizona and Texas. After relocating his family to Bridgeport, Texas, Bear began working at Texas Woman’s University in the Physical Plant as Energy Manager where he retired in 1995. He continued work within his community by supporting the Boy Scouts as a leader in Bridgeport.

His work in Japan teaching English solidified his interest in other cultures, especially the Japanese culture. He was an avid adventurer and traveler who was always ready to go exploring. He was often an unorthodox problem solver. He had a great love for mechanics and figuring out the way things worked. He loved motorcycles and cars. He was always quick to offer a joke or help to anyone that needed it. He loved his animals and his family. He will be greatly missed by his best bud Jack.

He is survived by his wife Judy (Thompson) Childers; his sons Gary Wayne Childers of Cross Plains and Michael Chase Childers of Virginia; his daughters Carrie Elaine Scrivener of Arkansas and Sarah Jessica Thompson of Denton; his best friend Arnold Josey of Phoenix; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and finally his best bud Jackson “Jack Rabbit” Childers. He is preceded in death by his mother and father.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mukesh Saraiya, Dr. George Rojas, and the excellent nurses and staff at Denton Presbyterian and Medical City Hospitals for their wonderful care and attention they provided him. The family would also like to extend a large “thank you” to the fantastic home health nurses, therapists, and aides for being more than just another health care provider but a part of the family.

A military committal service will be held on May 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Dallas / Ft. Worth National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you spend time honoring Bear by serving your community or your country.

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