Robert Gene "Bob" Feese was born to George Harris and Fanny Gertrude (Boughan) Feese on July 1, 1928 in Woodward, Okla. He passed from this earth on July 1, 2007 on his 79th birthday. He was the oldest of four children, having a younger brother, Dan and two sisters, Mary and Susan.
He attended Woodward public schools and graduated from high school in 1946. He attended Coyne Electrical School for one year and graduated in May of 1947. On Aug. 31, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Coryne Louise Zimmerman. To this union, four children were born: David Gene, Janet Lynn, Linda Susan, and Donna Beth.
Early in Bob's life he did electrical work while ranching on the side. For several years he worked for REC, later known as Northwestern Electric Cooperative. He also owned and operated a shoe repair shop for about four years. On July 1, 1969 Bob purchased Lanes Motor Freight Lines from his father. He operated the household moving and storage business until his retirement on July 1, 1993.
Travel was a meaningful part of Bob and Coryne's life. Together they enjoyed trips to various locations throughout the world and always returned with detailed stories about culture, people, and wildlife they had experienced. They also enjoyed trips in their travel trailer and annually visited scenic Colorado. A highlighted adventure in Bob's life was his journey down the Mississippi River with Charlie Goin in 1979. The 1,700 mile trip was made in a 14 foot runabout boat and took 24 days.
Bob lived a full life in devotion to his family and in service to others. His involvement in the community included mowing lawns for other people, helping out with repairs, and frequently providing transportation around Woodward as well as needed trips to Oklahoma City and beyond.
As a husband Bob was fully devoted to Coryne. They enjoyed walks and playing dominoes together daily. Bob and Coryne were looking forward to celebrating their 60th Anniversary which would have been Aug. 31, 2007. They were soul mates; best friends for life.
"Dad" or "Grandpa" was truly "one of a kind." He was looked up to as a father and adored as a grandfather. It wasn't unusual to find him involved in a project with his children and grandchildren because everyone knew "dad could fix anything." His playfulness and laughter were the highlight of many a family gathering and his storytelling continued until his death.
Bob was a faithful member of the 5th Street Church of Christ, where he had worshipped for over 50 years. He served as a deacon and in benevolence work.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, George Feese, his mother, Gertrude Feese and his brother, Dan Feese.
He is survived by his wife Coryne of the home; son David of Castle Rock, Colo.; daughter Janet Covalt and husband Bryan of Elk City; daughter Linda Hensal and husband Mike of Woodward; and daughter Donna Peach of Chickasha. He also is survived by 14 grandchildren, Andrea Feese, Angela Goff, Christopher Reed, Brandon Reed, Amy Troutner, Gavin Reed, Allissa Reed, Joshua Hensal, Jillian Wells, Julia Hensal, Jaime Hensal, Jessica Hensal, Eric Peach and Matthew Peach, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2007 in the 5th Street Church of Christ with James Rucker officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made for a memorial bench on the walking trail or the church building fund with the funeral home accepting the contributions.
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