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He was surrounded by his wife Marilyn and children John, Kim and Mark.
Bob was born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1964 and taught high school math for 17 years.
At age 39 he changed professions, graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1983 ... "Boomer Sooner!"
He began his second career as a physician Assistant working with his best friend, Dr. Larry Lane, in Chelsea. He later joined and retired from John's Work Med.
He then began a third career, working for First United Methodist Church of Claremore as their first director of operations.
Loving family members include his wife of 56 years, Marilyn, son John of Tulsa, daughter Kimberly Miller (Kurt) of Oklahoma City, son Mark of Cleveland, Tennessee, brothers Don (Donna) of Traverse City, Michigan, and David (Nancy) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, grandchildren Marcus, Kimber and Trever Howland of Tulsa and Kody (Jessi) and Kyle Strickland of Moore as well as four great granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers the family requests gifts to First United Methodst Church Endowment Fund, 1615 N Hwy 88, Claremore, OK 74017 or American Parkinson's Association Oklahoma Chapter , P.O. Box 3113, Broken Arrow, OK 74013.
A celebration of life will be held April 12, 4 p.m. at Claremore First United Methodist Church. The family wishes to thank all our friends and family far and near who have faithfully prayed for Bob and for us, especially these last few weeks. Your kindness and prayers will not be forgotten.
Bob was a faithful Christian for many years, influencing countless people for the Lord.
"Well done my good and faithful servant ... come and share your Master's happiness" - Matthew 25:23.
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