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Bobby Lee Wilson was born September 14, 1927 to Tom and Mabel Wilson of Balko, Oklahoma at the family farm. Bob was the eldest child of Tom and Mabel's eight children. Bob attended Bethany School and graduated in 1945. After graduating he started driving the school bus taking the kids from the Fulton School District to the Balko School located in the old town of Balko. Bob had a passion for farming and was there to help his dad at a very early age. Bob began working at Natural Gas Pipeline in 1946 and continued working there forty-three years.
He did take a leave from Natural Gas to volunteer to go to the Army in 1950 during the Korean War. Before leaving for Alaska, he married, in his words, "the most beautiful girl he had ever seen", Wyona Mae Knight on July 2, 1951 in Raton, New Mexico. To this union three children were born: Jyl, Drew and Gay.
After returning home from the service, Bob resumed working at Natural Gas and continued helping with the farming. Bob was an Honorary Chapter Farmer of the Balko FFA and was also a charter member of the Balko Lions Club.
He accepted Christ as his Lord and savior at the age of 35 and has been a member of the Balko Baptist Church ever since.
He was preceded in death by his wife Wyona; parents Tom and Mabel Wilson of Balko; brother Jack Wilson of Balko and sister Jean Cook of Leavenworth, Washington. He is survived by daughter Jyl Tarrant and husband Larry of Norman, son Drew Wilson of Beaver, daughter Gay Webb and husband Monte of Norman; grandchildren Sarah Udick and husband Steve of Frisco, Texas, Edward Tarrant and wife Tiffany of Norman and Carly Webb of Norman; great grandchildren Travis and Adeline Udick of Frisco, Coleson Tarrant of Norman; brothers Billy and Dugan and wife Minta of Perryton, Texas, sisters Odie Dear of Perryton, Betty and husband Donald Law of Balko, Mary Lou Teel of Oklahoma City; and many nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Wyona Wilson Memorial Fund, in care of the Balko Baptist Church, Balko, Ok.
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