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Robert Donald Sherrill Robert Donald Sherrill
(November 17, 1935 - August 13, 2012)

Robert Donald Sherrill, loving husband, father and friend to many passed away on Monday, August 13, 2012 at his home. Born on November 17, 1935 on Perkins Street in Sapulpa to Ted and Mary Sherrill. Growing up, he often worked with his uncle Gus De Lozier in the oil fields near Shawnee, OK. He enjoyed being outdoors, working with his uncle and learning about the oil business first hand. Graduating high school in 1953, he worked briefly at Liberty Glass and realized that occupation was not for him. He joined the Air Force in 1954, stationed first in Colorado Springs, then New Mexico. He gained the top security clearance for the time, working on important projects such as the A bomb for his country. He left the service in 1957 and made his way back to Sapulpa. He decided to go to school and went to the University of Tulsa. There he developed a love for writing that would span his entire life. He began working for the Tulsa World first as a junior writer, writing pieces on the Lion that got free in Adair County. It was there that he met the love of his life, Penny Wheeler. They were married at the University of Tulsa Chapel, July 20, 1963. Bob was offered an opportunity to work for Dresser Oil Company as a part of their marketing department in Fort Worth Texas. Here his first child, Christi was born. He took a job in Sales and Marketing with Reed Tool Company and moved to Houston with his new family. This was the start of a worldwide adventure. Moving to Singapore in 1975, then Dubai, UAE in 1977 and finally Jakarta, Indonesia in 1983. After a long career in the oil business, he moved his family back to the town he knew and loved, Sapulpa in 1987. At first, Bob tried his hand at several different jobs such as selling cleaning chemicals then flags and flagpoles. In his heart he knew that wasn’t the right thing for him. He started submitting sports pictures and drumming up advertising for the Sapulpa Daily Herald, which they would run as a part of their coverage of the local high school sports section. He joined full time in 1994. This would become the second great love of his life. He won numerous Associated Press awards for Photography and News Stories often claiming first prize. In, 2007 he made the tough decision to retire from the paper but always recalled this chapter of his life fondly. (For more on Bob’s life as a reporter, please see Don Diehl’s tribute.) Retirement really didn’t suit Bob and soon he was looking for other ways to be useful. He found his way to the American Red Cross. Along with his partner and wife Penny, they would help families in need after a fire in the home or open shelters for those in need of a helping hand. He trained others at the Red Cross as well. In 2010, won the William Probes award and he was named Volunteer of the Year. Bob was an uncomplicated man but touched so many people in so many different ways. He was always there with a joke, hand, hug or kick. He is missed by many and will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Red Cross. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 (Noon) on Monday, August 20, 2012 at Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, Sapulpa, OK. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 (Noon) on Monday, August 20, 2012 at Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, Sapulpa, OK. Presiding will be Bishop Mike Mills and Conducting will be Kim Chai. Bearers will be Cody Sherrill, Terry Bavousette, Jason Dalitz, Steve James, Maj. Jeff Gilliland and Scott Mitchell. Honorary bearers will be Chief Rick Rumsey, Don L. Diehl and Burley Wilson. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sapulpa, OK.