On Saturday, March 8, 2014, the spirit of Jeffery Robenalt departed this world.
He was born Jan. 31, 1947, in Tiffin, and graduated from Columbian High School. He served his country honorably in Vietnam in the United States Marine Corps. Shortly after his Marine discharge, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he forged a successful career, retiring with the rank of captain. He earned his BA in history, magna cum laude, from New York University, New York, N.Y., and earned a BS in sociology, summa cum laude, from Troy University, Troy, Ala.
After his military career, Jeff graduated from Texas Tech University with a doctor of jurisprudence and practiced law with a dedication to fairness and justice. He served as an attorney for the State of Texas as chief of investigations, TWCC. Jeff eventually found his true calling in education as an admired teacher at Lockhart Junior High School, where he taught social studies and athletics, always committed to the education and welfare of his students. Jeff was a passionate and respected Texas historian, author of "Historic Tales from the Texas Republic: A Glimpse of Texas Past;" as well as a series of historic western novels: "Saga of a Texas Ranger," "Star Over Texas" and "The Bloody Frontier."
He was a man of great strength and honor, but his spirit was full of a gentle kindness he never failed to share with those he loved. He was an incredibly funny man and the laughter he shared still rings in the ears of his loved ones.
He is survived by his wife, Lizabeth Robenalt; son, Bruce Matthew Robenalt from his first marriage to Rita Floyd; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Hill Robenalt; grandson, Benjamin Robenalt; sister, Jaci Franklin; brother, Robert Robenalt; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Robenalt.
A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Lt. General Thomas S. Bishop All Faiths Chapel, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas, 2200 W. 35th St.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Texas Historical Foundation, P.O. Box 50314, Austin, TX 78763.