Robert (Bob) Charles Houston
October 2, 1945 – October 3, 2015
Robert (Bob) Charles Houston, age 70, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015. He was born October 2, 1945 in Glendale, California. Bob served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam as a Helicopter Gunship Pilot where he logged approximately 1,000 hours of combat time. As a result of his service he was awarded thirty-one Air Medals for acts of heroism and meritorious achievements. He is also a recipient of the Vietnam Combat Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation. After military service Bob worked both as a Police Sergeant in the Patrol Division and Helicopter Pilot with the Los Angeles Police Department. Following his retirement in law enforcement he moved to Arkansas and flew various aircraft in Corporate Aviation as well as helicopters for the Little Rock Police Department. He retired from flying in 2012. In retirement, he was involved with the Central Arkansas Shooter’s Association (CASA) and was serving as the organization’s President at the time of his passing.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Kay and Sam Houston and his brother, Richard Houston. Bob is survived by his wife, Sandra (Naron) Houston; daughters, Carolyn Cooney and Nicole Wagner; son-in-law, John Cooney; granddaughter, Jessie Rose Cooney; and nephew, Rick Houston.
Visitation will be held at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock on Thursday, October 8, 2015 between 6:00 and 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will also be at Roller-Chenal on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 11:00 A.M., with Brother Tom Mitchell officiating. Graveside burial will follow the funeral service and will be held at Pinecrest Memorial Park at 7401 Hwy 5 North in Alexander, AR.
The family would like to thank the wonderful family of friends that Bob shared his life with. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to a charity of the giver’s choice.