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Robert L. "Bobby" Hernandez

Obituary for Robert L. "Bobby" Hernandez

April 1, 1937 - September 28, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 80

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Robert L. "Bobby" Hernandez, Sr. was born in San Antonio, TX April 1, 1937 and was called by The Lord to the big ball diamond in Heaven on September 28, 2017.

Bobby graduated from Edgewood High School in 1956, where he lettered in football (2 years), baseball (1 year), track (2 years), band (4 years), and choir (3 years).

Bobby started working at Kelly Air Force Base on June 4, 1956 earning just under $1.00 per hour. Over his almost three decades at Kelly, Bobby worked in buildings 324, 375, 1556, and in the MMI and FMS divisions in building 171. "When I first arrived at Kelly, I had the good fortune to work on the XC-99," he said. "Then through the years I worked on the F-100, B-47, B-52, C-118, and B-58." In the shops he worked on motor generators, missile inverters, ground equipment, and test stands. He became a Mech-Tech Instructor, then an Equipment Specialist on bomb loaders, ammo loaders, and trailers, and finally a Logistics Specialist for the F-5 aircraft.

His lengthy civil service career included a stint with the Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1970 – 1977.

Bobby loved to play ball: slow-pitch softball, fast-pitch softball, and baseball. As a youngster, Bobby made the YMCA All-Star team and played centerfield at Mission Stadium. As an adult, he played with and against some of the best ballplayers in San Antonio. He was named City All-Star "rover" five years in a row. Bobby fielded third base on the only Kelly AFB team to win the City Championship Tournament (1960). He hit for the cycle against "Ace" Robins in the championship game – the home run coming in the bottom of the seventh inning, with two outs, and with Rudy "Indio" Gonzales on first base, cheering him on. The two-run shot, which he crushed over the restrooms in right field at the San Pedro East diamond, tied the game and set the stage for Gil Bailey's dinger over a fence-climbing Russ Young in the eighth. This sealed the City Championship for the Kelly AFB team and earned them an invitation to the World Playoffs in Albany, NY.

Because of his love for the game, he became an umpire. He knew the rulebook front to back and umpired CYO Baseball in the Southside, Central, North, and Northwest leagues. He also umpired for fast- and slow-pitch leagues all over San Antonio from 1962-1985.

Bobby drank a few cold ones weekly with (late San Antonio sportscaster and sports columnist) Dan Cook. He once ate breakfast with actor Brian Keith in Gallup, NM while the latter was filming The Hallelujah Trail. There was even a photo of him throwing a touchdown pass to Roland Lopez in Jet magazine.

Bobby traveled to Germany, Spain, Jordan, Tunisia, Turkey, and Mexico, but his favorite travel was driving his family on vacation – from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada, from the Golden Gate Bridge & Lombard Street (the crookedest street in the world) to Miami, FL.
An avid sports fan, Bobby loved the Dallas Cowboys and created a household rule: don't bother me while I'm watching the Cowboys. He was also an avid Spurs fan though the Spurs games were often too stressful for him to watch.

Although very set in his ways, Bobby was always there for his family. He was the cook of the family and lovingly prepared all holiday meals. He was especially proud of his Thanksgiving feasts, where each year he would spend days prepping for the meal, smoking two turkeys and roasting one in time for lunch on Thursday. Every week he would prepare Sunday breakfast for his family, with the stipulation that the kitchen closed at noon (a nod to his favorite movie Patton.)

He was preceded in death by his father Victor G. Hernandez, mother Celia Cedillo Hernandez, brothers Victor A. Hernandez and Gerald A. "Jerry" Hernandez, son Robert L. Hernandez, Jr., and daughter Shirley A. Hernandez Gusman.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Alice G. Hernandez; children and spouses Liz Hernandez Gallagher and husband Paul, Bill Hernandez and wife Renee, Scott Hernandez and wife Kristina, and Joy Hernandez; daughter-in-law Kim Hernandez (Fitzgerald); sister Cynthia T. J. Hernandez; grandchildren and spouses Austin Gusman Hernandez, Mary Ryan Gallagher Gall and husband Brett, Katie Gallagher Mondragon and husband Esteban, Kelsey Gusman Gowen and husband Will, Andrew Gallagher, Dante Hernandez, Corbin Gusman, Brianna Crigger, Madison Hernandez, Riley Hernandez, and Keller Hernandez; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 159 Camino Santa Maria.

ROSARY
TUESDAY- OCTOBER 3, 2017
7:00 P.M.
HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH

MASS
WEDNESDAY- OCTOBER 4, 2017
10:00 A.M.
HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH

Interment to follow at San Fernando Cemetery No. 2.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

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