George H. Roby © Trout Funeral Home 05-2017 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
George H. Roby, resident of Ponca City, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, surrounded by his three women who loved him most. He was 96 years old.
George was born on June 9, 1920, to Claude Burlington and Norma Mae (McVey) Roby in Undercliff, Colorado. He was the oldest child followed by Don Leroy Roby and the late Jack Zane Roby. He graduated from Ponca City High School in May 1939.
On January 11, 1942, George and the former Imogene Bernice “Gene” White were married, and in March 1942 George enlisted in the United States Navy. He served as a machinist aboard the CV-6 USS Enterprise and was honorably discharged September 18, 1945.
Following the end of WWII, George and Gene made their home in Ponca City, OK, and were blessed with four children, Jackie, Jeanne, Janie, and Joe. They raised their children in the home they built with their own two hands and later raised their grandson, Jacob Lee there as well.
George worked for Continental Oil Company for 35 years. After an early retirement, he helped Gene operate Gene’s Western Store in Ponca City for the next 24 years. The couple was active in their community and church, and they were avid supporters of the Ponca City Art Center and young, upcoming artists. They were married for nearly 69 years and an inspiration to friends and family.
George spent his later years at his home on Willow Ave. enjoying his family and friends who visited and feeding his deer and cats. He was a pet lover, always had a dog, and he will eternally rest with his beloved boxer Maggie at his feet.
George is survived by daughters Jackie Smith of Bowie TX and Jeanne Grantz of Ponca City; son Joe Roby and wife Teresa of Chula Vista, CA. George had 10 grandchildren including Marcie Freeman Batschelett and her husband Ken of Ponca City; Mark J. Freeman IV and wife Lynette of Fairfax, OK; Jessica Freeman Thompson and husband Joe Ray of Osage County, OK; Jacob Lee Roby and wife Tina of Ponca City, OK; George Dobson and wife Jessica and Jeff Dobson and wife Marcy of Bartlesville, OK; Dwayne Spangler and wife Tara of Melbourne, AR; J.D. Smith and wife Brandi of Gainesville, TX; and Treena Neff and husband Evan of Corpus Christie, TX. He was loved by his 18 great-grandchildren Garrett, Emily, and Sunny Batschelett; Jules and Cowboy Jax Thompson; Laramie and Thunder Freeman; Cooper and Jenna Roby; Cooper and Cameron Dobson; Jecelle Dobson; Leathyr, Joshua, and Robbie Spangler; J.T. Smith; and Preston and J.D. Smith.
George was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jack, the love of his life, Gene, his beloved daughter Janie “Janeo” Roby, and grandson J.T. Smith.
There will be a graveside service open to all family and friends Friday, May 5th at 2 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park officiated by Pastor David Frees of St. Luke's Nazarene Church. The family will gather at the home of his daughter Jeanne Grantz, 613 Shannon Road.
Casket bears are his grandsons and great-grandsons and honorary casket bears are Mark Freeman III and Ronnie Dobson, who he treasured.
Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home and Crematory.
Imogene Roby © Trout Funeral Home 12-2010 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
© Trout Funeral Home
Imogene "Gene" Roby, resident of Ponca City, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, December 19, 2010, at Via Christi Village. She was 89. The family will be accepting visitors from 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 21st at the Trout's Funeral home chapel. A private burial service will be held at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.
Gene was born on July 1, 1921, to Eck White and Queenie Stephens White in Cabool, Missouri. She was raised in the Cushing/ Drumright area and graduated Drumright High School when she was 16 years old. Gene attended Nurses Training in Ponca City where she met her future husband George Roby. The couple was married on January 11, 1942, at the bride's parent's home. George served in the United States Navy, and following the end of WWII the couple made their home in Ponca City, OK. They have lived in the home they built with their own two hands with the help of Jacob "Uncle Joe" Roby since 1947. George and Gene would have been married 69 years this coming January. They raised four children, Jackie, Jeanne, Janie, and Joe, together, and later their grandson, Jacob Lee. They were active in their community and church, and they were avid supporters of the Ponca City Art Center and young artists. Many knew Gene from her store. She was the owner of Gene's Western Store, and for many, many years she fitted local cowboys with boots and jeans and shaped their cowboy hats. She loved the many friends she and George made at the store.
Gene is survived by her loving husband George of the home; Daughters, Jackie Smith and husband Danny of Bowie, TX, Jeanne Grantz and husband Larry of Ponca City, OK; Son, Joe Roby and wife Tere of Chula Vista, CA. Gene and George have 10 Grandchildren including, Marcie Freeman Batschelett and husband Ken of Ponca City, OK; Jessica Freeman Thompson and husband Joe Ray of Ponca City, OK; George Dobson and wife Jessica of Owasso, OK; Jeff Dobson and wife Marcy of Ponca City, OK; and Jacob Lee Roby and wife Tina of Oklahoma City, OK. They have 16 great-grandchildren, including, Garrett, Emily, and Sunny Batschelett; Jules and Jax Ray Thompson; Cooper and Cameron Dobson; Jecelle Dobson; and Andrew Luis Sanchez. Jacob Lee and Tina are expecting the 17th great grandchild soon, and their first great, great grandchild was born December 18th.
Gene was preceded in death by her parents and her youngest daughter, Janie "Janeo" Roby.
Casket Bearers will be Jacob Lee Roby, Jeff Dobson, George Dobson, Ken Batschelett, Joe Ray Thompson, and Garrett Batschelett. Honorary Casket Bearers will be Cowboy Jax Ray Thompson, Cameron Dobson, and Cooper Dobson.
While Gene loved flowers during her lifetime, she asked that there be no flowers after she passed. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested the Memorial Contributions be made in Gene's name to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 1904 N. Union St, Ste 103, Ponca City, Oklahoma 74601.
The family is gathering at the home of Joe Ray and Jessica Thompson at 205 Lonnie Ave. in Ponca City.
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