Kenneth Robert Houlette, 73, of Dumas, passed away on Tuesday May 29, 2018, in the care of Dumas Memorial Hospice. The memorial service will be held at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at First Baptist Church with Vaughn Tatum, officiating. Rev. Jerry Howe and Dr. Howard Batson will be assisting. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.
Robert was born in Clovis, New Mexico on May 15, 1945 to Kenneth and Ann Houlette. He was raised in Friona before moving to Dumas in 1960 where he was a member of the 1961 and 1962 Dumas Demon State Champion Football teams. Robert also competed at the Texas State Track Meet in 1963. He then went on to play football and run track at Panhandle A&M in Goodwell, OK where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Education. Robert married Deana Callihan in Springfield, Colorado on November 6, 1965. They moved to Dumas in 1967 where they raised their family. Robert retired from Mission Petroleum in 2012.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Wilbur Moore. He is survived by his wife Deana of Dumas; three children, Rex Houlette of Dumas, Deedra Lambert and husband Robby of Amarillo, and Dalea Tatum and husband Chris of Amarillo; two sisters, Lawana Moore of Amarillo and Joyce Houlette of Houston; and four grandsons, Delton Tatum and wife Jordan of Dallas, Tyler Lambert and wife Katrina, of Amarillo, Max Tatum and wife Haylee of Ft. Worth, and Jake Lambert of Amarillo.
Robert was an avid golfer and could be seen many days at the coffee shop. He was passionate about donating blood at the Coffee Memorial Blood Center in Amarillo where he gave hundreds of units of blood that were typically used in pediatric transfusions. His love for his family was fierce, but his pride and joy were his grandsons. His job as PaPa was what he was most proud of.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Memorial Hospice, 224 E 2nd, Dumas TX 79029.
So many will miss this GREAT person, friend, and athlete. You and your family will remain forever in our thoughts.
Ron DriessnerArlington, TX
Broke my heart to hear the news about Robert . .we had so much fun back in high school with all our "buds" and would see him here in Amarillo every year for the "Seniors" golf tourney with Virgil . .my prayers are with you Deana and all the family in missing him and your loss . . .I pray that God gives you comfort and peace . . .
Dave HamrickAmarillo, TX
Deedra, so sorry for the loss of your Daddy! My prayers are with you and your family, my love always!
Sheri GarciaBorger, TX
Thinking of you at this time. We are so sorry to hear this news. Love to you and your family.
Cecil and Judy BrownDecatur, TX
TERRY SMITHDumas, TX
Deana, and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sherri CopelinSunray, TX
I’m very sorry to hear this Rex, and Deedra. You’re in my thoughts and have my best wishes.
Jeff SmithColorado Springs, CO
So sorry Deana for your loss. Prayers for the family.
Allen & Rose DeanDumas, TX
Deana, Rex, so sorry to hear of your loss. I didn't know Robert that well but what I knew I feel he will be greatly missed. My prayers for each of you. May the fact that you know he loved you ease the pain. God Bless you both.
Frank JamesDumas, TX
So sorry to hear about Robert, we enjoyed visiting with him when he brought Zack in. Please let us know if you need anything.
Charlotte pittsDumas, TX
My thoughts and prayers for all of the family. Robert was a well loved classmate of the class of 63.
Anne Shockley CrainRichardson, TX
Deana, Rex sorry to hear about the passing of Robert. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.
Buddy TrentDumas, TX
Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Prayers for your healing.
Natalie Bias-CapshawConneaut lake, PA
Robert was a good guy he will be missed. God be with his loved ones.
Ronny BarnesLubbock, TX
This broke my heart when I got this sad news. My love and prayers for the entire family.
Pamela Smith BakerBorger, TX