He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1963. He was employed in the aerospace industry until 1970, when he moved to Burnet and joined Morgan Wright in a water well drilling business.
He was a past president of the Texas Water Well Association and served on the Burnet County tax board. In 1977, he started his own business, Western Water Wells, which he ran until retiring in 2003.
He had a lifelong interest in guns, and his desire was to do accuracy gunsmithing to his own. In his retirement years, he enjoyed working in his shop until health and mobility became issues. He often said he was very happing working at his job drilling water wells and being able to enjoy the outdoors, scenery and wildlife.
His third marriage was to Linda Fincke Ramsower on Sept. 20, 1996. They belonged to the Highland Lakes Good Sam Club and enjoyed many years of travel with the group. They shared a strong interest in flying, RVing, shooting, hunting and the love of the Hill Country.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; stepson, Eric Johnson (Melaine) of Burnet; grandchildren, Leif, Cortni and Cole, all of Burnet; great-grandson, Robert L Johnson of Mississippi; brothers-in-law, Rudy Fincke (Debbie) of Burnet and Tony Garza (Renee) of Mississippi; former father-in-law Morgan Wright (Mae) of Burnet; and many cousins, nieces and nephews who will miss him.
A funeral service was Dec. 16 at Edgar & Jenkins Family Funeral Home, 109 N. Main St. in Burnet, (512) 756-4444, with burial at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.
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