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Robert Gene Adkins

April 17, 1934 — June 24, 2023

Robert Gene Adkins, lovingly known as "Bob," passed away on June 24, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born on April 17, 1934, in Ponca City, Oklahoma, to his parents Henry Adkins and Bess (Harris) Adkins. Throughout his life, Bob touched the hearts of many and leaves behind a legacy of love, resilience, and dedication. Bob's journey began in Ponca City, where he grew up alongside his siblings. Bob attended Tonkawa High School and graduated in 1952. He married Wilma Stafford on June 16, 1956, and together they built a life filled with cherished memories throughout the duration of their marriage.

Bob proudly served in the United States Army, dedicating himself to his country with honor and distinction. He enlisted on April 3, 1954. Bob was released from active duty on March 9, 1956. He was then transferred to the Army Reserves, where continued to serve for another 8 years as a radio mechanic. While Bob and Wilma had much love and respect for one another, they ultimately decided to separate and go their own ways in September of 1975. After completing his military service, Bob pursued higher education and graduated with an Associate's Degree in Avionics from OSU. He embarked on a successful career, working for both Boeing and American Airlines. Bob dedicated many years to American Airlines and retired at the age of 69.

Outside of his professional life, Bob had a passion for various hobbies. He was an avid runner and cyclist, embracing an active lifestyle from the ages of 45 to 65. His love for gardening allowed him to connect with nature and cultivate beauty all around his home. Bob also had a deep appreciation for sports, both as a player and a spectator, finding joy in the camaraderie and excitement they brought. Bob married Freda Thomas on April 1, 2009, but ultimately decided they were better off as friends. They divorced in 2021 but remained close until Bob's passing.

Bob had three children: Deborah, Laura, and Bret. One of his main passions in life was being a dad and making sure to spend as much time as he could with his children. Among his greatest joys were also his beloved cats, Leo, and Kiki, who provided him with companionship and comfort throughout the years. Bob's family remembers him as both a devoted father and friend. Although a bit of a homebody at times, he would try his best to help his loved ones with anything they ever needed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Bess Adkins, his sister Shirley Adkins Keller, his brother Richard Adkins, and his son-in-law Brett Allen.

Bob's memory will forever be cherished by his children: Deborah and Charles Krueger of Austin, Texas; Laura Allen of Sperry, Oklahoma; and Bret and Nia Adkins of Towson, Maryland. He is also survived by his siblings: Ron and Pat Adkins of Ponca City, Oklahoma; Lenora and Chet Farr of Arizona; and Mary Ann and Bill Mitchell of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren: Aaron Krueger of Los Angeles, California; Ashley and Craig Painter of Honolulu, Hawaii; Brittani and Lilly Allen of Bixby, Oklahoma; Thad and Amy Adkins of Washington, D.C.; Madalyn Adkins and Derek Music of Clemsworth, MA; Derek and Kelsey Allen of Bixby, Oklahoma; Adrienne Adkins of Chicago, Illinois; and Zach Adkins of Colleyville, Texas. Additionally, Bob leaves behind his great-grandchild, River Painter, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The pallbearers who will carry Bob to his final resting place include Aaron Krueger, Thad Adkins, Derek Allen, Zach Adkins, Steven Keller, and Charles Krueger. Their support and presence will honor Bob's life and the lasting impact he had on those around him.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, either online or by phone at 1-800-227-2345, in honor of Robert Gene Adkins.

Bob's fighting spirit and determination will continue to inspire and support those affected by cancer. His memory will forever be cherished by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched. May he rest in eternal peace, knowing the profound impact he had on those who knew and loved him.

Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at Riveted Church: 14765 N. 52nd West Ave, Skiatook, OK 74070. Interment will follow immediately after the church service, 11:30 AM at Osage Gardens Cemetery: 2254 W Rogers Blvd, Skiatook, OK 74070.

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