COMANCHE — Robert D. “Bob” Blanton, a longtime resident of Comanche, peacefully passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at him home north of Comanche, following a lengthy illness. He was 82 years old.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the First United Methodist Church in Comanche. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under direction of Comanche Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m.
Bob was born Oct. 21, 1929, at Drumright, to William Thomas and Edith Melvina (Brewster) Blanton. He began working for the Tidewater Refinery in Drumright in 1949. He later went to work for Sun Pipeline as a products inspector, working in Duncan, Wynnewood and Ardmore. Bob retired in 1989.
Bob married Darlene Estes in 1949. They had two children: Steve and Carol. On Aug. 17, 1973, he and Mildred Hill were united in marriage in Comanche, and he became the dad that he didn’t have to be to Billie Jo.
Bob was a loyal member of the Comanche First United Methodist Church, serving as a board chairman for many years. He loved fishing, listening to Willie Nelson music, watching and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, and telling jokes — even to the very end.
Bob is survived by his wife Millie of the home; a son, Steve Blanton, Duncan; daughters: Carol Zachary, Duncan, and Billie Jo Ames, Comanche; two sisters: Marilyn Godfrey and James, Cushing, and Joyce Walton and Wayne, Claremore; a sister in law, Norma Blanton, Council Grove, Kan.; six grandchildren: Drew Blanton and Misty, Duncan, Capt. Ashli Blanton, Slidel, La., Cody Zachary and Lisa, Blanchard, Cade Zachary and Aianna, Oklahoma City, Josh McGowen and Courtney, Comanche, and Jil Roebuck and Jessie, Comanche; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William Howard Blanton.
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