Bobby Max ‘Bob’ Leach

Bobby Max ‘Bob’ Leach Bobby Max “Bob” Leach of Zapata, Texas, passed away Feb. 19, 2013, at the Laredo Medical Center, Laredo, Texas, from complications of surgery for lung cancer. He was 78. His ashes were scattered in a private ceremony by his boat dock on Falcon Lake, his “happy place.”

Bob was born Aug. 22, 1934, near Ellsinore, Mo., to Willie M. Leach and Jessie Pearl Myers Leach. He attended high school in Poplar Bluff, Mo., until he turned 17 and joined the Navy. He completed his classes and earned his GED diploma. He was a boilerman and quickly rose through the ranks before being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1955.

He lived in Lakewood, Calif., and worked for Shell Oil Company until he retired. Bob was married to Shirley Davis and later to N.D. “Mickey” Leach, both now deceased. He had no children.

Bob had three older sisters, Norma L. Marmack of Apple Valley, Calif., deceased 2006; Carroll Bost of Reno, Nev.; and Joy Leach of Ridgecrest. He had one nephew, Creed Allen Tinker of Reno, and one niece, Priscilla Witwer of Oxnard.

Bob loved living in Zapata. Although he was an independent, private person, many people came to know and love him. He called his sisters twice a week and often spoke of his friends and of the many birds, wild animals and other “critters” that found their way to his property, where he left seed and food for them. A song title describes his life — “I Did It My Way.” Submitted by the family of Bobby Max “Bob” Leach

Story First Published: 2013-04-10