Robert Holroyd, 78, son of Lemuel Holroyd and Nadine Easterling, was born Oct. 23, 1926, at North Charleston, S.C. He died March 15, 2005, at his home at Houston.He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17. During his 20 years from 1944 to 1966, he served in World War II and Vietnam. At Pearl Harbor, he witnessed the three storms of the Atlantic. During the duration of the wars, he was proud to testify that he never had to fire his weapon. He enlisted five times in the Navy with an honorable discharge every time.During those 20 years, he traveled around the world, visiting more than 40 islands and countries while mastering polly radar operations, air intercept control and damage control first class. He received four Good Conduct medals and was a close acquaintance of Ernie Pyle.After the service, he worked 21 years for GTE in California, where he received many excellent attendance and accident-free awards.In 1972, he married Blanche Kantner. She had Alzheimer’s and died in 2003.After his retirement, Mr. Holroyd earned a degree in TV/VCR, computer and motorcycle repair and micro computer operations. He was a personal computer specialist.He would never miss an episode of Walker Texas Ranger, JAG or a movie with John Wayne or Clint Eastwood.Surviving are his caregivers, Tabitha and Jimmy VanHorn of Raymondville and their children who called him “”Papa.””Services were March 18 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cordie Wimberley officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. “

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