Robert Scott West passed away peacefully on July 9, 2019, at the age of 85. He was born on March 1, 1934, Russellville, Arkansas, to Duard Florington West and Mildred Dee West, and was raised on a Cities Service Oil lease in Allen, Oklahoma.
Robert was an elementary student at Mc-Call’s Chapel School, and graduated from Allen High School in 1952. He attended East Central State College in Ada, and was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy Officer Candidate School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On his way to Colorado, he received word that a calcium deposit on his lung prevented him from passing his physical. He returned home and joined the Army.
His favorite place to be was on the lease in Allen, where his father was the lease foreman, and with his beloved mother and sisters, Mary Ellen and Beverly. He
joined Cities Service as a roustabout on the lease, and retired 32 years later in Tulsa as a Senior Staff Planning Advisor and Computer Systems Analyst.
On November 23, 1962, he married Linda Mae Swoveland, of Coalgate. They met while visiting his best friend, Millard Jarrett, who was Linda’s high school band director. Together, they had two children, Robin Lynn and Scott Swoveland. They were married for 56 years.
Robert was an avid sportsman and loved the outdoors. A master of growing 14-foot-tall tomato plants, he enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. He collected antique fishing lures and was a member of the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club. He loved to compete, especially in ping-pong, bowling, horseshoes and golf, and has three holes-in-one to his name. As a life-long Saint Louis Cardinals fan, he never missed a game. He was known as the ultimate caregiver, constantly spending time serving his family, neighbors and friends.
Robert and his wife, Linda, have been
long-time members of the Park Plaza Church of Christ since 1968, and for a time, the Jenks Church of Christ, where they have many dear friends and wonderful memories. One of Robert’s fondest memories was pitching for the Jenks Church of Christ Men’s Softball Team.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Duard and Dee West of Ponca City, Oklahoma and Brother in law, Gene Thomas. He is survived by: Sisters, Mary Ellen Thomas of Springfield, Missouri, and Beverly Carol Erwin of Augusta, Kansas; Wife, Linda Mae West of Allen, Texas; Daughter, Robin Schubert and husband, Kelley; Son, Scott West and his wife, Melanie; and grandchildren, Westley Scott Schubert, Maura Noel West, and Derrick Scott West. He is the namesake of eight different friends and family members.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful group of caregivers at Christian Care Senior Living Community of Allen, Texas, for their exemplary service and friendship.
A Celebration of Life Service and BBQ honoring Robert will be held Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at The Park Church of Christ Chapel, 10600 E 96th,Tulsa, Oklahoma.