We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at East Texas Funeral Home
Biker Bob Heldreth walked in Honor.
He loved his family. He loved his country. He loved the Lord.
Bob's true passion in life was riding his Harley and being in the wind.
A man of strong convictions, he did not sway nor did he falter.
While he didn't always show it, he loved his family so very much.
In everything that he did, he gave 100 percent.
Bob would tell people, "I might not be the best but I will be the most loyal."
Bob proudly served his country in the Navy and was a Vietnam vet.
One of the greatest joys was being honored by the Union Grove School Veterans Day program.
He would say "This is my Christmas, standing with the other vets of my community."
The proudest moment was when his Grand daughter, Reanna, escorted him down the aisle to the front of the auditorium for the program.
Anyone that knew Biker Bob knew his sayings. His wife called them Proverbs by Bob.
"Life only gets harder."
"Don't ring the bell."
"Don't let your alligator mouth override your hummingbird ass."
"Don't trust chiropractors or lawyers. They both use crooked means to make ya straight."
And before one of his very long stories he would say, " to make a long story short..."
Bob drove like a pappy and he never gave a damn what anyone had to say about it.
He would tell us "don't sit in my chair!" So it was quite a challenge for all of us to sit in and and of course laugh when we got caught.
Bob could be tough as nails, and he lived by a code that many didn't understand. We always knew where we stood with him though. He would hold us accountable. But he loved us all.
When Bob's welding days were over, Bob returned to college at 60 plus years. He had never turned on a computer before in his life. But he grabbed the bull by the horns and didn't ring that bell.
With great pride he worked to receive his Safety Officer licenses and began a new career to support his family.
He went from not being able to turn on that computer, to having his work recognized and highlighted by his employer on his standard of safety records and safety program.
The Army Corp of Engineers would say to him everyday, "Good Morning Sunshine", since he was always the first one on the job site.
Biker Bob was married to Vicki Heldreth in January of 2000. He married her on her parent's 50th anniversary and told her, "I will do my best to give you the marriage that they had". He said "I may fail you. I may cause you pain, but if you'll take the time I will make it right."
They rode motorcycles, and laughed in the sunshine. Every now and again he would come in and bring her roses and start waltzing with her. Bob always covered his wife with honor. Everyone knew Biker Bob loved his wife. People would tell her so often, "that man loves you." They raised Reanna and Donny and he was so proud of them. Anyone that saw Bob with his kids knew how much he loved them. He always said, "I don't have step children they are just our kids."
They shared 3 children.
Rachel Raley, and Tommy Loven.
Brandie and Gavin Flatt. Grandchildren Kaylean Raley and Konner Messer.
Valerie and Steve McKinney. Grandchildren Reanna Briggs and Donny Anderson
Bob was greeted in Heaven by our twins. He will finally get to see the kids that we loved, but never met.
Bob was born to Everett Heldreth and Mary Lou McGhee.
He was the oldest of their children.
He was a big brother to:
Roberta Ann Heldreth (deceased)
Vera Heldreth FitzPatrick
Victoria Lynn Heldreth (deceased)
Everett Clyde Heldreth
Tonya Cuthrell ( Harry)
Bob had many nieces and nephews and family that he loved very much.
It's hard to sum up a man like Biker Bob in just a few paragraghs, but his sister in law Lynne Fidler Reardon who he would love to tease and call her Ruthie (Ken)
tried her best. This is what she said.
"Bob was a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Friend.
He was a Christian who served the least of these. He was a chaplain for the VFW, motorcycle clubs and prisons.
A Vietnam vet that served 4 years.
Lived his life in honor and code like few I have ever seen.
With a twinkle in his eye, He would tell me he could kill me with his thumb, and show it to me.
I will miss you and that twinkle.
You were loved by so many."
So as Bob would say when he was done on the phone...