Weatherford Democrat

May 3, 2013

Dr. Robert A. Middleton

Weatherford Democrat

— Dr. Robert A. Middleton, M.D., died April 28, 2013, closing his eyes for the last time with his loving wife, brother and daughter by his side.

Service is 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home in Mineral Wells. A graveside service at Whitt Memorial Cemetery and a Celebration of Life at the Middleton Ranch will follow. He has completed his life’s journey and is now with our heavenly Father.

A true patriot, he entered the United States Navy in 1940 and served as a corpsman in the Second World War and Surface Warfare Officer during the Korean War. After military service, driven by an innate desire to help others, Robert received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1956. Dr. Middleton served as an abdominal surgeon and later devoted himself to the treatment of patients with cancer. He retired as the chief radiation oncologist at the Dallas Veterans Administration Medical Center.  

Dr. Middleton was recognized as a scholar. He had a love of history, a knack for poetry and remained committed to lifelong learning as he encouraged all around him to pursue excellence in all life’s endeavors.  

A loving husband, Robert gave his heart and soul to his wife, Dr. Rebecca Middleton. His unyielding commitment to family was never more present than in his later years as he and Rebecca raised their three children together. Robert’s health deteriorated but his heart grew stronger as his capacity for love and compassion expanded. 

Understood by few, loved by those closest to him and respected by all, Dr. Middleton was above all a caring and loving person who would do anything and everything in his power to help those in need.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and their three children, daughter Ellen Middleton M.D., of Corpus Christi, and sons Maj. Brian Middleton (USMC) and wife, Tonya, and John Middleton, of Lubbock; brother, John Middleton, of Chazy, N.Y.; sons Bob and Mark; daughters Ann, Beth and Mary; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren. 

Dr. Middleton was preceded in death by his mother and father; and sisters. Maureen and Ellen.

Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home