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June 24, 2013

Bobby Leroy (Bob) Hart

Bobby Leroy (Bob) Hart, a longtime Yale resident, passed away on Thursday June 20, 2013, in  Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa at the age of 84.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Yale and will be held at 10 a.m.Tuesday in the Church of Christ, Yale with Lendal Bolin and Bobby Hill officiating. Burial will follow in the Lawson Cemetery.

Bob was the son of the late Ike Hart and Lona (Peters) Hart, known as Pa and Ma Hart. Bob was born on Jan. 28, 1929, at Yale. He was reared and educated in Yale graduating from Yale High school in 1947.  Afterward he enlisted into the United States Army/Air Force in 1948.

Bob was united in marriage to Estella Colleen Reece on July 1, 1950. Five children were born into this union, Randy, Debi, Rick, David, and Tom. Bob was among the first employees of Industrial X-ray.  He X-rayed from 1951 to 1959, Bob X-rayed the Alaskan pipeline and the first offshore super port in the Gulf of Mexico, and he also X-rayed the original stealth bomber. He became a barber where he had a shop in Tulsa and later in Yale. He was a member of the Church of God and later in 1961 he and his wife were baptized into the Christ of Christ.

Bob was very active with his children’s sports. He umpired baseball for several years in Tulsa and Yale. He loved to fish and hunt with family. As a young man he was a member of a church quartet as a baritone, also in high school choir. Above all else, Bob loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 63 years, Estella of the home, four children Randy and his wife Linda, Richard and his wife Sherry, David and Tom, all of Yale; son-in-law Bill Reece of Yale, sister-in-law Geneva Clawson, sister-in-law Kathryn Doll and husband Gerald of Yale, brother-in-law L.D. and wife, Kathy Reece of Montgomery Texas; 12 grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Debi; three sisters, Virgie Ross, Lois Brown and Ola Mae Randle, a 2-year old brother Edward and brother-in-laws Sandy Strader and Jacob Clawson.

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