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Robert Henry "Bob" Strong

Robert Henry "Bob" Strong

Male 1924 - 2009  (84 years)

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  • Name Robert Henry "Bob" Strong  [1
    Nickname Bob 
    Born 9 May 1924  Wellston, Lincoln County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Feb 2009  Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The Lawton Constitution

      Friday, February 20, 2009

      Robert Henry 'Bob' Strong

      Funeral for Robert Henry "Bob" Strong, 84, Lawton, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church with David D. King, pastor, officiating.

      Mr. Strong died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at his home.

      Burial will be at Highland Cemetery under direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.

      He was born May 9, 1924, in Wellston, to Walter W. and Stella Crouch Strong. He and his family moved to Lawton, and he graduated from Lawton High School in 1943. He served in the Army during World War II in England, France, Belguim, Germany, and Austria. He served in Patton's 3rd Army and was awarded five Battle Stars as well as the Presidential Unit Citation. He was honorably discharged in January 1946. He married Viola Bard on Aug. 4, 1956, in Lawton. She died Jan. 13, 2005. He married Billie Howeth on Feb. 16, 2008. He worked at Montgomery Wards for 40 years, retiring as the shoe department manager in 1982. He had been a member of Calvary Baptist Church since 1965. He sang in the choir and taught the Men's Sunday School Class for eight years. He was also a member of the 50 plus choir at First Baptist Church and was a volunteer with RSVP.

      Survivors include his wife, of the home; four stepdaughters and their husbands: Waynna and John Fremin, Alaska; Susan and Albert Culp, Anna Laura and Chuck Plymesser, all of Lawton; and Cathy and Dennis Mayo, Indiahoma; a brother, Barney Strong, Gainesville, Texas; a sister, Violet Weaver, Henryetta, Texas; two nieces: Sue Anna O'Hara, Houston; and Linda Williams, Sand Springs; seven nephews and their wives: Charles and Carolyn Lewis, Houston; Tommy and Elwanda Lewis, Lawton; Byron and Della Rice, Weatherford, Texas; Benny and Pam Strong, Gainesville, Texas; and Edward and Patsy Bard, Jack and Pat Bard, and David and Carol Bard, all of Lawton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two special friends: Stacie and Darrin Bain.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers: Homer Strong, Jack Strong, Cecil Lewis and Roy West. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist "Forward In Faith" Fund, 715 SW H, Lawton 73501, or to Hospice of Southwest Oklahoma, 1930 Ferris, Suite 5, Lawton 73507.

      Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at grayfuneral.com.

      (Courtesy of Lynell Gentry Cordell)
    Person ID I1296  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Walter Winfield Strong,   b. 10 May 1881, Farmersville, Collin County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1961, Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Stella Crouch,   b. 8 Jun 1893, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1959  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 4 Jun 1920  Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Walter Strong, age 39, resident of Chickasha and Miss Stella Lewis, aged 26, resident of Chickasha. Subscribed and sworn on 4 June 1920.Married by John D. Salter, Minister of the M.E. Church South of Chickasha. Witnesses Mrs. John D. Salter and Harry Salter of Chickasha.
    Documents
    Crouch, Stella 1920 marriage to Walter Winfield Strong
    Crouch, Stella 1920 marriage to Walter Winfield Strong
    Both Stella and Walter had been previously married, and brought young children into their union
    Family ID F143  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

    Family 1 Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F10660  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

    Family 2 Viola Bard,   b. 31 Jul 1921, Chattanooga, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 2005, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 4 Aug 1956  Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F899  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 May 1924 - Wellston, Lincoln County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Aug 1956 - Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Feb 2009 - Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Strong Brother Reunion, Medicine Park, Oklahoma, around 1941
    Strong Brother Reunion, Medicine Park, Oklahoma, around 1941
    This picture of Cecil Afton Lewis (r), with his younger half-brother, Robert Strong (l), was one in a series of pictures taken at the 1941 Strong Family Reunion in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. Cecil's eldest son, Charles Lewis, is standing directly in front of him.
    Strong Brother Reunion, Medicine Park, Oklahoma, around 1941
    Strong Brother Reunion, Medicine Park, Oklahoma, around 1941
    This photo was one of a series of photos taken in the early 1940's at Medicine Park, Oklahoma, on the edge of the Wichita Wildlife Refuge, with Mt. Scott as a backdrop. This park began its life in 1908, the year following the return of the bison to Wildlife Refuge. It was the first planned resort town in Oklahoma, the red round cannonball sized stone is an unique naturally formation occurring in the Wichita Mountains. Pictured are (Left to Right) Back Row: UNKNOWN (Possibly Roy West), Leroy Weaver, Bob Strong, Barney Strong Middle Row: Burt Strong, Cecil Lewis holding Tommy Lewis, Gus Strong, Walter Strong, Rolla Strong Front Row: Jerrell Holt, Charles Lewis (Note: Identifications are not positive in all cases, but were based on the opinions of Jerrell Holt, Barney Strong and Benny Strong, who made some assumptions based on ages and family makeup).

    POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
    Strong Brother Reunion, Medicine Park, Oklahoma, around 1941
    Strong Brother Reunion, Medicine Park, Oklahoma, around 1941
    This was one in a series of photos taken at the Strong Family Reunion in Medicine Park, Oklahoma around 1941. From L to R: Lucy (Brannan) Strong, Burt Strong, Robert Strong, Walter Strong, Rolla Strong, Gus Strong and an unknown girl.

    PLEASE HELP US INDENTIFY THE GIRL IN THIS PICTURE.
    Strong Men Go to War, 1941-1945
    Strong Men Go to War, 1941-1945
    Cecil Lewis, Homer Strong, Barney Strong, and Robert Strong (left to right), sons of Walter Winfield Strong. As Cecil had already been drafted, he borrowed an extra uniform from Barney in order to be in the picture. As it turned out, health issues caused him to be classified as 4-F, so he was unable to join his brothers in the service. Jack Neill Strong was in the military, but was not in Oklahoma when the photo was taken. Some years later he had his image, superimposed beside those of his brothers. This is the original version of the photo, without him.
    Strong Men go to War, 1941-1945, with Jack
    Strong Men go to War, 1941-1945, with Jack
    Cecil Lewis, Homer Strong, Barney Strong, Robert Strong, and Jack Strong (left to right), sons of Walter Winfield Strong. As Cecil had already been drafted, he borrowed an extra uniform from Barney in order to be in the picture. As it turned out, health issues caused him to be classified as 4-F, so he was unable to join his brothers in the service. Jack Neill Strong was in the military, but was not in Oklahoma when the photo was taken. Some years later he had his image, on the far right, superimposed beside those of his brothers.
    Strong, Robert Henry ca 1940's, World War II, European Theatre
    Strong, Robert Henry ca 1940's, World War II, European Theatre
    Bob was stationed in Europe during the Second World War. This photo was taken in either Germany or Austria, and is copied from a xerox of the original, accounting for its marginal quality.
    _Strong, Robert Henry
    _Strong, Robert Henry
    Husband of Viola Bard
    B. 1924 Oklahoma
    Strong, Rolla, Early to mid 1940's, with his nephew, Robert
    Strong, Rolla, Early to mid 1940's, with his nephew, Robert
    Rolla Strong (l), with his nephew, Robert Strong (r). Robert was the son of Walter Winfield Strong and Stella Crouch.
    Strong, Homer ca 1962 with family and friends
    Strong, Homer ca 1962 with family and friends
    On sofa, seated, L to R: Cecil Lewis, Bob Strong, Donald Joe Weaver, Homer Strong, Leroy Weaver, and Jack Strong. Standing behind Jack are Tommy Lewis (left) and Barney Strong. Seated on the floor is Charles Strong, and seated on a footstool to his right is his brother Bill. This picture was taken in the home of Homer and Anna Laura Strong in Duncan.
    Strong Siblings, Christmas, 1963
    Strong Siblings, Christmas, 1963
    This picture, which appears to have been taken in the home of Viola Weaver of Gainesville, Texas. It was is one of the few times that all the Strong Siblings were together as adults. From Left to Right are Homer Strong, Cecil Lewis, Viola Weaver, Barney Strong, Jack Strong, and Bob Strong. They were all the children of Walter Winfield Strong.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Strong, Robert Henry ca 2004, with wife Viola (Bard)
    Strong, Robert Henry ca 2004, with wife Viola (Bard)
    Bob and Viola at the funeral of his sister-in-law, Anna Laura Payne, in September 2004.

  • Sources 
    1. [S564] 1930 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com. database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002., (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.), King Township, Ward 2, 1509 Cedar #6-6 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S410] Strong, Betty Wehunt, Genealogy prepared for Strong Family Reunion ca 1988, subsequent correspondence and emails.