Bobby Worth Abercrombie © Trout Funeral Home 08-2012 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Bobby Worth Abercrombie, 84, founder of Abercrombie Window Works, died August 30, 2012 at Ponca City Medical Center, A memorial service is set for 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Trout Funeral Chapel, Ponca City, Oklahoma.. A private interment will be held prior to the memorial at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Born at Fay, Okla, June 26, 1928 to Bob and Effie Abercrombie, he grew up on a farm and following graduation from Fay High School in in 1945 he enlisted in the Army serving in the Signal Corps. He was honorably discharged in Dec.1947 following an 18 month tour of duty, which included being stationed in Japan. Following military service, he moved to Enid and was employed at Sears in delivery and later in Sporting Goods. He was married to Louise Elston at Fay in a wedding ceremony at the home of her parents, David and Sylvia Elston. The couple made their first home in Enid. Later they moved to Stillwater, where he received an associate’s degree from the technical school. He joined Conoco in 1960, moving to Carlsbad, N.M., where he was electronic technician for a Viborsis crew. He worked in New Mexico and Texas before being transferred to Ponca City, where he was involved in data processing and also in outfitting crews with equipment for exploration.
In 1985 he took early retirement after 25 years with the Company. He enjoyed coaching his daughter’s softball teams, bowling, golf and traveling. After playing golf at the Ponca City Country Club a few years, winning one Senior Championship, he saw a market for making vinyl replacement windows when his daughter Shelly Kennedy bought an older home. He started Abercrombie Window Works in his garage in 1993 and made windows for both older and new homes, as well as, commercial buildings. Eventually Abercrombie Window Works moved to the business incubator at Pioneer Technology Center, and moved to a large building on at 3756 North West Avenue in 1997. Abercrombie operated the business until May of this year, when he underwent open heart surgery, after two bouts with pneumonia, he died with complications. The business was closed out last week at auction under the supervision of his daughter Sonya Abercrombie and his grandson Caleb Samara, both of Ponca City.
He was preceded in death by one daughter Marsha Lynn Engle; two brothers Arley Abercrombie and Forey Abercrombie, two sisters, Alma Abercrombie and Violet Clinton; one grandson, Madison Ryan Kennedy, and his parents Bob and Effie Abercrombie.
Survivors include his wife Louise of the home, 2201 Drake Lane, two daughters, Sonya of Ponca City, and Shelly Kennedy and her husband Michael,of South Korea, one grandson Caleb Smara, Ponca City, one granddaughter, Stacy Noelle Sinclair of Tronto Ontario, Canada,and two great grandsons Jack Sinclair and Cody Bennett, Toronto, Ontario Canada.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donating to a memorial in his name at Pioneer Technology Center Foundation,, 2101 North Ash, 74601.
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