Bobby E. Champeau
Bob was born to Elmer Ray and Ethel Green Champeau October 13, 1930. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Verdena Masters and Geraldine Lester.
Bob married Anita Starks January 13, 1951 and they were blessed with four children: Beverly Ann (Mrs. Bob Coggins), Larry Don (Debbie), Denise Gay (Mrs. Dean Richardville), and Mark Alan.
Grandchildren (Sara Coggins, Comfort Coggins Price, Jeff Champeau, Nathan Champeau, Kattie Champeau, Brooke Champeau, Christen Brummett, Michelle Reeves, Kevin Hoffman) and two great grandchildren (Chloe Sullivan and Nivienne Price).
Bob grew up on a farm five miles east of Norman and learned how to work hard and to translate for his deaf parents. He attended Enterprise Country School until the eighth grade, when he and his parents moved into Norman, where he graduated from Norman High in 1948.
He worked after school and summers to help support his parents at Green Leaf Grocers, Gilt Edge Dairy, Sooner Theater and Campus Bowling Alley. After graduation he served one year in the army. Then he delivered laundry for Nuway Laundry when he met his future wife Anita Starks.
Marriage and wanderlust sent them west to San Bernardino, California, where Bob was employed by the United States Postal Service. The couple had the first two of their four children there (Beverly Ann and Larry Don).
Bob then wanted to get his college degree, and OU was the only place he would consider. So back to Norman, and a transfer to the Norman Post Office and three years of college full time and three years of full time post office work. While there, he received the Employee of the Year Award. And along came two more children (Denise Gay and Mark Alan).
With degree in hand, Bob became the Production Manager of Nuway Laundry Company. But his competitive spirit nagged him into a real estate license in 1970, at which time he opened his own business, and honestly and spiritedly helped hundreds of families buy or sell their homes.
He closed his business in 1980, and went to work for his good friend Harold Cox at American First Abstract Company, where he was also awarded Employee of Year. He worked there until his health forced him to retire.
Bob was always admired for his honesty, integrity, and leadership qualities by friends, co-workers, and most of all his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church.
An immediate-family grave site service will be at Independence Cemetery. Friends and extended family are invited to a Celebration of Life Open House from 4 to 7 pm, Thursday June 25 at his home at 803 W. Brooks. Guests are invited to bring photos and memories of their favorite moments with Bob.