Bob was born in Walden, Colorado, near Owl Mountain, on July 11, 1925. His parents were George Flavel and Opal Holt. A sister, Bettye and a brother, George Flavel Jr, completed the family.
In 1928, when Bob was only three years old, his mother took him, his sister, and his brother and began a long arduous trip from Colorado to Purcell, Oklahoma, over 850 miles in a Model T Ford to live with his grandmother. On this trip, Bob’s mother had to change tires thirteen times.
Bob received his early education in Purcell, Oklahoma. Bob graduated from Purcell High School in 1943. He was awarded “Most Outstanding Student of The Senior Class”. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force on October 15, 1943. During World War II, he studied Communications at three service radio schools, where he learned Morse Code. He was stationed at the farthest most north place in America, Point Barrow, Alaska. He was honorably discharged from service on May 14, 1946, after two and ½ years in service.
He attended Oklahoma Baptist University and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Accounting. He participated in Glee Club, Drama Club, and Track. Bob was elected “Best All Around Man” and was selected for the “Who’s Who in American Universities”.
Following his college graduation in 1950, Bob was employed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at an Oil Drilling company as an Accountant. His accounting positions also included working for a Dental Supply Office and Sinclair Gas and Oil Company. He retired from his Accounting position in Fort Worth, Texas in 1987.
His love of music and participation in his church work led him to meet a young woman, Charlene Shipman. Bob and Charlene were married on October 5, 1951. They adopted two brothers, Mark age four, and Scott age seven.
Bob was very active with The Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts and accompanied his sons on several camping trips in Colorado and Arizona.
Following his retirement in 1987, he and Charlene traveled for a year throughout the continental United States. Their travels were completed when they found the Paradise Park Resort in Sun City, Arizona.
Charlene became ill and Bob cared for her until her death on October 4, 2000.
Bob met Elaine Weckler at the Paradise Park, where she was also a member of the Christ Community Church. Her husband had recently died and they attended Grief Support meetings together. Their friendship soon grew and they were married in Michigan on June 23, 2001.
Bob continued his love of music by participating in the Christ Community Church Choir, and the Paradise Park’s Choral-Aires. Musicals included, “Oklahoma”, “South Pacific”, “Route 66”, and, “Disney Remembered”.
Throughout his life, Bob always strived to maintain his high Christian standards. He was honest and fair in all his business and personal transactions and lived an exemplary Christian life.
Bob has two sons and Elaine has two daughters and one son. They have a total of ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to: Christ Community Church, 10950 W. Union Hills Dr. Space 2592, Sun City, AZ 85373
Christ Community Church
10950 W Union Hills DR, Space 2592, Sun City AZ 85373