Robert Griffin Gantt, Jr. entered this world on April 28, 1954, in Houston, Texas, and peacefully slipped away from it on April 3, 2020, into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Rob had been ill for longer than he would admit to any of us, perhaps even himself, but he was always an extraordinarily God loving and God fearing, hard-working man. Many of his family and friends referred to him as a Good Man, a Nice Man, but Loyal should also be added to the list of his many fine attributes.
Rob loved and devoted his life to his God, country, family and profession, but also truly enjoyed spending time in our great outdoors - hunting, fishing, camping, and in general just hanging out with family and friends who also appreciated these past-times.
After High School, he entered the Navy during the Vietnam era where he received the National Defense Service Medal and excelled in Naval Diving, Electrical Training and various other endeavors. He was also a valued member of Underwater Construction Team Two and left the Navy in 1976 with an honorable discharge.
He then headed north to attend St. Mary’s Seminary and The Way College of Emporia where he studied to attain his formal Biblical Scholar education. After that he spent many years travelling in that area, assisting folks with whatever was needed – roof repair, window washing, electrical work, general handy-man services… just demonstrating and sharing the Gospel and Gods’ love with each person or location God placed in his path.
Eventually he wound up back home in Houston, Texas, where he started his own window washing business – Sparkling Clean Windows, in 1980. Rob was extremely detail oriented and a perfectionist, not only about his work, but all other aspects of his life as well.
He was an humble man, with a quiet, calm demeanor, and his companionship was enjoyed by all who knew him - his family, friends, employees, co-workers, customers, the professional folks he worked with… The list was endless. Rob was loved by so many, and will truly be missed by each of us whose lives he touched in major or minor ways.
Prior to his passing, which came so much sooner than expected, his sister Marti was privileged and blessed to have been allowed to spend the day with him by his hospital bedside. He spent most of his time sleeping, however at one point he woke up, saw her there, smiled and waved. Rob rallied into the next day and remained stable to the point his doctors considered moving him to a standard room if his condition remained that way.
In the meantime however, phone calls were made to many close family members so they could say their goodbyes, even as he slept, in the event his condition did worsen. Initially, it appeared as though the phone calls were premature since he briefly improved, but ultimately, God felt it was time to take him home.
Rob is safe now and no longer enduring any pain and suffering, and for that we are all grateful. Rob, RIP, and we all know you’re now another angel for each of us, and that we’ll see you again in Heaven when God calls each of the rest of us home in His timing.
Thank you to each of you who assisted Rob his last few weeks when he was unable to handle everything on his own – errands, transport to and from the hospital, shopping, cooking, cleaning, and most of all – your prayers! The family is forever indebted to each of you.
Rob, you have achieved your final destiny – RIP in His loving arms!
Robs’ nearest next of kin are his older sisters, Jasmine B Clark and husband Roger, Marti Russell, widow of Cpt. Richard T (Dick) Russell, and brothers Mark S Gantt, Randall K Gantt and wife Toni… among numerous extended family relatives.
He was pre-deceased by his parents Joan and Robert G Gantt, Sr., as well as aunts, uncles and other more distant relatives.
Robs’ life will be celebrated at a date TBD once the COVID restrictions have been further lifted. He will be interred at the Houston National Cemetery on Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Tx.
Love always and forever, your Family, Friends and Loved Ones…