The man who developed the world’s first waterpark and resort from the banks of the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, building it into one of the most respected and admired waterpark brands in America, passed away on October 31, 2016 at the age of 89.
Bob Henry will be remembered as a devoted family man of great wisdom and remarkable business ability. His goal was to create a family business that would grow as his family grew, a goal he realized through the creation of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts.
Fifty years ago, Mr. Bob, as he came to be known by all who loved him, left a career as a CPA, and along with his wife, Billye, to take over a small camp ground on the banks of the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas. Together with their three children, they continually improved, reinvested and expanded the camp ground, transforming it into a destination resort and eventually into a waterpark resort.
Born in Duncan, Oklahoma in 1927 to Ray and Irene Henry, he met his wife, Billye, in 1948. Bob knew immediately she was “The One” and they married within a year. Mr. Bob went on to earn his MBA from Oklahoma A&M. Together they moved to Houston where he started his career with Arthur Andersen. They had three children; Gary, Jeff, and Jana. Offered a job to run an office in Panama in 1958, Bob loaded up his young family and moved across the world. He returned to the States in 1963, and continued to work in the accounting profession. Mr. Bob was determined to find a way to have their own business. Billye discovered the ad for the sale of a small camp ground in a town neither of them had heard of. That small business would become the headquarters and flagship for the Schlitterbahn family of waterparks and resorts.
Mr. Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Billye, plus their three children; Gary Henry, Jeff Henry, and Jana Faber, all of New Braunfels; 7 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Nita Hodges of Morgan City, LA.