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Robert “Bob” Lee McCurley of Norman died Dec. 26 at Norman Regional Hospital. Services were Thursday, Dec. 28 at the Alameda Church of Christ. Eddie Stolz officiated assisted by Rusty Tugman. Burial was at Norman IOOF cemetery. Contact Havenbrook Funeral Home for additional information. Mr. McCurley was born Jan. 11, 1931, in Elmore City, to Marvin Lewis and Vesta Leola Gray McCurley, the oldest of eight children. He graduated from Paoli High School and served in the 45th Infantry Division in the Korean War. He attended East Central State University in Ada, and after graduating, taught school for a few years before entering military service as an officer. He served in the US Army in various assignments and retired with 27 years of active duty as a Major with many awards including the Meritorious Service Medal. He then worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Health as Director of Clinics and Hospitals until he retired in 1994. He married Ann Jones in 1952 and they had three children. He was a longtime member of the Alameda Church of Christ where he served as an elder for many years until his health prevented him from continuing in that capacity. When the McCurleys were stationed in Germany, he served as an elder in the Frankfurt Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Vesta McCurley, sister Emma Lois Moore, and grandson Matthew Robins. He is survived by his wife Ann McCurley of the home; son Mark McCurley and wife Karen of Singapore; daughters Patrice Robins and husband Bruce of Laurel, Md., and Penny Arnold and husband Jack of Bakersfield, Calif.; three sisters, Glenna Young of Austin, Texas, Joyce Bolin of Ada, and Barbara Barnett of Wynnewood; three brothers, Harold McCurley of Moore, Jerrel McCurley of Oklahoma City, and Larry McCurley of Wayne; six grandchildren, Mandy Robins Ouellette, Bethany and Adam McCurley, Tiffany, Matthew and Jalyn Arnold and many nieces, nephews, and friends. The family requests that memorial contributions may be made in McCurley’s name to the Alameda Church of Christ Building Fund, 801 Alameda St., Norman, OK 73071. Send condolences online at http://www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com/Obituaries.html.
Published on  January 3, 2007
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