Roberto Herrera, loving husband to Joni Mueller and longtime Houston resident, died at his home Thursday, December 8, 2011. Roberto was 63. He grew up in Alice, Texas, the middle of five children. Those who knew Robert can attest to his generous personality, perverse sense of humor and resiliency despite a body that increasingly had trouble keeping up with him. Roberto attended Texas A&I University (Kingsville) and the University of Texas at Austin. In 1980, Roberto moved to San Antonio, where he met the love of his life, Joni. while driving a cab. But it wasn’t until they both had moved to Houston in 1997 that they finally wed.
Robert was passionate about sports, especially football, but he was known to enjoy the occasional soccer game or tennis match and enjoyed watching horse races with his brother, Fred. Always with a keen and brilliant mind and sharp wit, during periods when he felt his health and mental status waning, Roberto exercised his mind by memorizing all of the U.S. Presidents, by name and in sequence, and could even recite the years each held office. He amazed the medical staff at St. Luke’s Hospital from time to time with this feat.
Roberto is survived by his wife Joni, his brothers, Manuel Herrera (and wife Mycki) of Arnold, Missouri, and Federico Herrera of Sinton, Texas; and his sister, Linda Herrera Johnson (and husband, Jose) of Kingsville, Texas. He is also survived by his nephews, Federico Herrera Jr. of San Francisco, California; Anthony Herrera, Pittsburgh, Texas; Carlos Johnson, The Woodlands, Texas; Jose Johnson III, Harlingen, Texas; Jason Bigham, San Antonio, Texas; and Enrique Tomas Herrera, Arnold, Missouri; his niece, Maria Johnson McGuire, Kingsville, Texas, and by countless loving friends. Roberto was preceded in death by his parents Enrique and Frieda Herrera, and infant brother Enrique Claudio Herrera.