Robert Lewis Monroe © Grace Memorial Chapel 08-2017 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Robert ''Bobby'' Lewis Monroe was born October 20, 1963 in Pawnee, Oklahoma. The son of Clyde G. and Alice M. McCleary Monroe, he grew up in the Kaw City, Kaw Lake area. He attended grade school at Kaw City and Kildare Elementary schools and graduated from Shidler High School in Shidler, Oklahoma in 1981. He attended college at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva where he studied Business Administration. He was a member of the Dorm Council, the Baptist Student Union, NWOSU Tennis Team, Student Senate and the local Fraternity, Sigma Theta Kappa. He also attended the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond where he was the Dorm Council President, Student Senate, the High School/College Relations Board, and the Native American Organization. He was a proud member of the social organization, the National Fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon.
In 1988, he joined the U.S. Navy where he was stationed in Key West, Florida for three years and was a Cryptological Technician Operator. He served three and a half years with an Honorable Discharge in 1991. While in the Navy he served the Joint Air Reconnaissance Control Center (JARCC), which later became the Joint Task Force 4 (JTF4). His command received the Joint Meritius Unit Award for working with the Coast Guard for one of the first Commands to battle drugs coming from South American. He also received a National Defense Medal. Upon returning from the Navy, he went to school at Pioneer Vo-Tech in Ponca City where he studied Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) Machining.
Bobby had several jobs in the Ponca City and Newkirk areas. His last job was as an Assistant Manager at On Cue North in Ponca City where everyone knew him as Mr. Bob. He was a loyal OU Sooners fan and Chicago Cubs fan. He also loved watching NASCAR racing and was a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fan. His hobbies included playing pool, cards, bingo and going to casinos and visiting with his friends and family. No matter where he went he always seemed to find someone he knew and was always making new friends wherever he went. He was blessed with a large circle of friends he had made over the years. Bobby lost his courageous battle with cancer on August 25, 2017, never giving up and always keeping an upbeat attitude towards it. He is survived by his sisters JoAnn Monroe O'Bregon of Ponca City, Zoe Stumbling bear of Oklahoma City, Karla Kauley Heritage of Beaumont, Texas, Gaynell Black of El Reno, brother, Sammy Goombi of Anararko, brother, Niece Candace O'Bregon Mitchell and husband Chris of Ponca City and great-niece Savannah Mitchell. Numerous other nieces and nephews and a large extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Alice Monroe, Brother Raymond Kauley, sisters Nickie Primeaux and Laura McCarthy.
Pallbearers will be Terry Estes, Derle Morke, Jr, Rick Hudson, John Snider, Daniel Sherron, and Shane Schneider. Honorary pallbearers are Rich Cantillion, Jerald Counselor, Wayne Plymesser, David Davis, Mike Harris and the Alumni chapter of Epsilon Sigma of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Memorial contributions in Bob's honor may be made to: Grace Memorial Chapel, 2016 N. 14th Ponca City, OK 74601 to help with Funeral Expenses.
A Prayer Service will be held on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7 pm in the Ponca Indian United Methodist Church in White Eagle, Oklahoma. A traditional noon meal will be on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 with the service following at 2pm. The interment will follow in the Washunga Cemetery in Newkirk, OK. Honor Guard will be provided by the United States Navy. The family wishes to thank Willow Haven Nursing Home, Humanity Hospice for the care they gave while treating Bobby during his illness and Ponca Tribe and the Ponca CHR for taking him to his Doctor appointments.
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