Colonel Robert J. Myers

  • Born: May 13, 1953
  • Died: October 25, 2017
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Robert (Bob) was born 13 May 1953 in Charleston, SC to John K. Myers and Louise McNeill. He graduated from Congressional High School in 1971 where he was a four-year starter on the football, basketball and baseball teams and served as Class President his senior year.

Bob graduated from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina as a Distinguished Military Graduate and is a life member of the class of 1975. After graduation, Bob began a 28-year career in the Army, serving as a Medical Service Corps officer. He also married the love of his life, Diane Allen, shortly after graduation and they began a lifetime of experiences.

Bob's career took him and the family to Fort Bragg, NC, Presidio of San Francisco, CA; Wurzburg, Germany, Washington, DC; Fort Lewis, WA and Fort Sam Houston, TX. He always felt the highlights of his career were his time with the 82d Airborne Div., the Medical Service Corps Branch, the Enlisted Health Services Branch, and the Fort Lewis time with the 47th Combat Support Hospital and the 62d Medical Group. He deployed with the 47th during Operation Desert Storm and with the 62d during Operation Restore Hope. Bob's final assignment was as Chief, AMEDD Personnel Proponent Division at the AMEDD Center and School. He was a graduate of the AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, CAS3, CGSC and had a Master's Degree from Central Michigan Univ.

His awards included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6), Army Commendation Medal (3), Parachutist Badge and the Expert Field Medical Badge. Bob was also a member of the Military Medical Merit Award.

He was and will forever in our hearts remain an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and mentor to so many. It didn't take long talking to him to figure out that family was his everything. He lived and breathed for the love of his life Diane, and his children. His grandkids brought a smile to his face that could melt your heart. Whether it was babysitting, fixing broken toys, or making gourmet Kraft macaroni, the time he spent with them held a special place in his heart. Beyond his obvious love for his country and his family, Bob loved people. He was the first to offer a helping hand or life advice for those in need. Many people throughout his life in both work settings and personal ones sought out his guidance, not because of his various leadership roles, but because of his undeniable integrity.

He and Diane raised a daughter and son and they enjoyed many family adventures over their travels. After retirement, Bob spent his time with his grandkids, working on projects long delayed, and traveling with Diane. His most enjoyable trips were cruises, which he absolutely loved.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, John and Louise Myers, and daughter Jennifer. Bob is survived by his wife of 41 years, Diane, daughter Kimberly [Moses], son Robert [Meghan], sisters Evelyn and Pam, seven grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

The happiest days of our lives have been spent with our hero. We will continue to follow his example for generations to come. He will live on in our hearts forever.

A memorial service will be held at 10am on November 1st at Community Bible Church (reception to follow). Full military honors will be held at 9:30 am on November 2nd at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fisher House Foundation to support wounded veterans and their families.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Diane, I was both surprised and saddened to hear about Bob's passing. I pass Congressional almost every day to and from work, his memory, and that of all of us, follows with me. My heartfelt condolences.

Kim J. Ciftci

Posted by A friend   April 29, 2018

Diane, I am so sorry for your loss! When Col Ethington called to inform me of Bob's passing, I was truly shocked! It seems like it was just yesterday when we were all at Fort Lewis together. I cherish the memories and the humor Bob shared during that time. It was truly my honor to serve with the great soldiers at Fort Lewis and I am a much better person through the experiences I shared with both you and Bob. My prayer is that God will give you strength during this time and that you will find peace through the memories you have compiled throughout your wonderful life together!

Posted by Tim & Vernet Toomey - Enterprise, AL - Friend   November 02, 2017

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My sincerest condolences to the Myers family. Bob was a wonderful man. He was caring, competent, and well respected by his soldiers, peers and superiors. May his memory bring you loving peace.

Posted by Rita Hutcheson, COL, Ret., Chief Nurse 62nd Med Gp - Rainier, WA - Served in the Military together   November 02, 2017

From the first time I met Bob I thought he was an outstanding person. We became friends and I grew to appreciate him not only as a friend but one of the most outstanding Army officers I knew. He was always flexible, knowledgeable and never missed an attention to detail when given a task. I knew that if I needed assistance I could always depend on Bob. I cannot say enough good things about him. I last saw Bob at Lowe's and it was great to see him and catch up. It is with a truly heavy heart that I write this. As with many I am stunned and saddened to hear this news. He will forever be missed and I feel privileged and honored to have had Bob as my friend.

Posted by Johnny Walker - san antonio, TX - Friend   November 02, 2017

Our hearts & prayers are with your family. We'll always fondly remember our time spent with y'all in friendship & service. We feel it was a privilege to know Bob. May God hold you all in His loving care until we will all be reunited in our heavenly home. God Bless! Much love & prayers!

Posted by Randy & Susan Sexton - Shongaloo, LA - Friend   November 01, 2017

Sincere condolences to the entire Myers family. I first met Bob when he was a captain and I was a colonel. Bob was 20-years younger than I am. Despite the age differential, I recognized fully that Bob was a superb military officer. As a graduate of one of our nation's finest military preparatory schools, The Citadel, he understood fully what military service was all about. Non-commissioned officers and enlisted soldiers respected him greatly. My last interaction with Bob was about two years ago during a chance meeting in the PX. He proudly brought me up to date on the activities of his children and grandchildren and I told him about my soon to be published book focusing on my experiences during the Vietnam War. He wrote down the title, "A Different Face of War," and said he not only looked forward to reading it but wanted his wife, children and grandchildren to read it in order to give them an appreciation for and understanding of the diverse duties that MSC officers are called upon to perform during time of war. Bob will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace. James G. Van Straten

Posted by James Van Straten - Windcrest, TX - Served in the Military together   November 01, 2017

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Bob was my friend, mentor and boss on several occasions through out my military career. It was a great pleasure to work for and with him. His love for his family was always at the center of our conversations. Please accept our prayers and condolences for your family. Know that his memory lives on with so many of us that he touched through living his life.

Posted by Wanda Hubert - San Antonio, TX - Served in the Military together   November 01, 2017

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We are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and blessings in the beautiful memories.
Lisa, Jeff and Micah.

Posted by Lisa Choate McGovern - San Antonio, TX - Friend   November 01, 2017

My thoughts and prayers to the Myers family. I did not personally serve directly with Bob, but we sure served in many of the same places, during the same time - Wurzburg, Fort Bragg (82nd) and Iraq. May you find peace and comfort in the wonderful life you shared, and may Bob forever rest in peace. Sincerely, Steve Jones, MSC '1981-2011.

Posted by Steve Jones - Colonial Beach, VA - Served in the Military together   October 31, 2017

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matthew 25:23

Posted by Dorothy Cannon - San Antonio, TX - Served in the Military together   October 31, 2017

Heartfelt condolences to the entire Myers family. May your happy memories of a life well-lived be a comfort to you in the difficult days ahead.

Posted by Lori Myers - Burtonsville, MD   October 31, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones. i will never forget the friendship and leadership skill he betrayed and taught me. He is and will always be one of great mentors. My success is due to his inspiration. God is with you now ... and I hope you are not watching over us ... for when we feel you loss, all we have to do is looked into our hearts .... and you will always be there - I salute you Colonel Robert J. Myers and thank you for being part of my life. Thank you Diane for sharing such a wonderful person. God Bless the Myers Family.

Posted by Gregory L. 'gregg' Tatum - San Antonio, TX - Served in the Military together   October 31, 2017

I am very sorry for your loss. May peace find you during this difficult time.

Posted by Jo Yancey - McLean, VA   October 31, 2017

Thinking of the Myer's family. Big hug from Virginia. Kim Way Morgan

Posted by Kim Way Morgan - Vienna, VA - Friend   October 31, 2017

Heartfelt condolences for the loss of a great and good man.

Posted by Anna Thomas - Terre Haute, IN - Served in the Military together   October 30, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the Myers family during this difficult time. We served in the 47th CSH together. He was our unit's executive officer. Our unit fielded and trained on erecting the temper tentage and pharmacy, lab, radiology and operating ISO containers in Saudi Arabia during DS/DS. Our mission was to set up our hospital, prepare and receive casualties. We were able to accomplish that mission in record time. Bob's leadership was instrumental in our unit's success. Most of us had never deployed and only one or two had served in Vietnam. Our unit was part of a 650 vehicle convoy. We followed the 24th ID into Iraq and once given the directive, we set up our hospital in record time. We were able to receive our first casualties in hours. He was an incredibly talented and caring leader. His outstanding leadership showed at every level throughout the CSH.

Posted by Linda Robinette - KS - Served in the Military together   October 30, 2017

My heartfelt condolences to the entire Myers family. Bob was a friend, advanced course classmate, and fellow Medical Service Corps officer. I remember telling him as he finished his tour as a MSC Branch assignment officer that he was the only one of many that I worked with in that job that had the same degree of compassion for those whose lives he affected through the assignment process on the last day as he had on his first day in that office. He genuinely cared about people. All of us who knew him will miss him. He made our lives better.

Posted by Glenn Taplin - San Antonio, TX - Served in the Military together   October 30, 2017

Dear Diane and family - it was my privilege to have served with Bob during our Army careers. He stood high above all others and was always a hero of mine, a true leader, with a great sense of humor, and impeccable integrity always doing what was right - no matter how difficult. We are so sorry for your loss; but please know that Bob made an impact on our nation and thousands of Soldiers that he directly touched. And he made an impact on me as a friend. With sincere sympathy.

Posted by Jim & Debi Solomon - Garden Ridge, TX - Served in the Military together   October 30, 2017

Diane and Robert Jr.,
I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am that Bob has passed away. He was forever in my mind, one of the best, most admired officers that I ever had a chance to work for. I thought the world of his integrity, dedication and that he was always as devoted to his family as he was to the Army. I loved his laugh and fun spirit even in times when all the Corps were at battle with each other. He was a great mentor to me.

I hope you will find comfort knowing that God just got a new angel and that we will all get to see him again in time.

Posted by Maria Worley COL (R) - San Antonio, TX   October 30, 2017

Our sincere condolences to you, Diane, and your family.

It is said that to walk over one's shoes and leave the shine is an art of leadership.Bob had it! I never heard him raise his voice, and yet you knew you were being chastised. My favorite was sitting behind the LT's in a few early meetings, Bob would intently listen to their rambling and reply: I am just a simple country boy, not too smart; would you simplify that so I can understand what you are trying to say I would be smiling knowing he was a graduate of the Citadel ! He was no simple not too smart country boy. The LT's soon learned that big gold ring was a Citadel ring; they came prepared to the meetings once they got the message!!!

I respected, admired and later in my career tried my best to emulate his leadership style and ability to motivate people bringing out the best in each individual's abilities.

Rest in Peace, Colonel!

SGM (ret) Bill Lawrence, Ft Lewis 1991-1993

Posted by William Lawrence - Federal Way, WA - Served in the Military together   October 30, 2017

My deepest and most sincere condolences to the Myers family. I had the pleasure of serving with Bob in Wurzburg, Germany, and considered him a great friend and mentor. He set the standard for integrity and was someone who I not only admired, but sought to emulate. May he rest now in our Lord's arms.

Posted by COL(R) John Ciesla - Milford, MA - Served in the Military together   October 30, 2017

To the Myers family: our sincere condolences on Bob's passing.
Sandy & Paula Guerard

Posted by A friend   October 30, 2017

Bob was my boss for a year and spent countless hours with me teaching me about enlisted personnel management. He was a great mentor, teacher and advocate. I owe him a lot for the time he took to explain things in great detail. Behind all of that was a leader that never failed to care for his troops. I must say he was beloved by those of us that had the privilege to know him and be led by him. He had a great sense of humor and the ability to see things as they really were. He also always had his priorities straight. He was a wonderful person and I will miss him. Jim Mundy - old Army buddy.

Posted by Jim Mundy - San Antonio, TX - Friend   October 30, 2017

Dear Diane, we send our deepest sympathy. Our families have been good friends for a very long time, and you have always been so kind to my Mother ( Marge Ritter). It is heartbreaking that you had to lose your husband at such an early age. Please know that our love and prayers are with you. It is comforting that you have such a long circle of family and friends, to give you support and care.
Our love, Elise Ritter-Clough & Vic Clough

Posted by Elise Ritter-Clough - Arlington, VA - Family Friend   October 30, 2017

I had the distinct honor to meet Bob when he came to Columbia SC for a day at the Masters Golf Tournament. He was the most genuine person, fun loving and personable. He was so humble about his
distinguished military career, but so proud of his family. He will truly be missed.

Andy Koin
Columbia SC

Posted by Andy Koin - West Columbia, SC - Spouse   October 30, 2017

I am so sorry to hear that Bob Myers no longer walks this earth. I knew him only for 3 short years, but it was soon apparent to me during that time he was a great and humble man. During my 42 years of government service I can honestly state that Bob Myers was my best and greatest "boss". I am sure his familly and friends will greatly miss his presence and I send my condolences to all of you. Rest in peace Bob, good and faithful servant.

Posted by Larry Ritz Ritz - Schertz, TX - Served in the Military together   October 30, 2017

I am so sad to hear of my old friend's passing. Bob and I went to the Citadel together (I two years ahead) and spent our Army careers together. A quick smile and a hearty laugh long talks on deployments--was a privilege to know and serve with him. He will be missed.
FranK Blakely, COL (USA Ret) Class of 73

Posted by Frank Blakely - Seguin, TX - Served in the Military together   October 30, 2017

Dearest Di and family, I am so very sad to hear this news and sending prayers and a hug. He was just one of the best people I have ever had the privilege of knowing and a great Army Officer who I had so much respect for. APPD was blessed with his leadership and kindness. He made us laugh and gave us a hug when we were sad or a kick in the pants when we needed it. He will never be forgotten. He loved you and his family so much and I know he is watching over you all. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Posted by Debbie Keipp - San Antonio, TX - Friend   October 29, 2017


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