Robert Francis “Bob” Fee, Jr. died Sept. 12. A retired cattle rancher, he had lived in Lubbock for the last 12 years. His ranching operations were in Mitchell (Rock Hole Ranch) and Nolan Counties, and he loved the ranching culture of which he was a part. His recollections and stories about West Texas ranching would have made an interesting history about this fraternity to which he so passionately belonged. He was often among the first to adopt new ranching procedures. By his own admission, he “never wanted to do anything the way anyone else did it.” Ranch management was what he enjoyed most, and he was at his happiest when he had several projects going at once.
Bob was the elder son born on Sept. 22, 1928 in Colorado City to Robert Francis Fee and W. Marcella Price, parents whom he admired for their work ethic. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army until 1953.
He was predeceased in 1984 by his first wife, Patricia Lynn “Patsy” Jones, and by his second wife, Zita Ruth Martin Sharp, in 1998. His brother, Charles R. Fee, also predeceased him.
He is survived by many Presbyterian Church friends, special friends Helen Cabron of Lubbock and Billy and Kay Hallman of Sweetwater, friends in the ranching community, and several cousins.
In his adult life Bob followed his paternal line and became a Presbyterian at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado City where he was ordained a deacon and later an elder. He subsequently served as an elder in First Presbyterian Church of Sweetwater and Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lubbock.
He leaves two named scholarships through Texas Tech University Foundation and an endowment for cancer research to the Hendrick Medical Center Foundation of Abilene. Bob donated his body to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and he considered the bronze steer he donated to the National Ranching Heritage Center a fitting marker for himself. In accordance with his express directive, no memorial service is planned at this time; he regarded a kind thought about him to be an appropriate remembrance.