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Robert E. Winnard

Robert Earl Winnard

Here we are, once again, to say goodbye. Dad didn’t want a funeral or memorial service.  He didn’t like attending them and wasn’t fond of the “fire and brimstone” doctrine with which he was raised. He had a personal, private relationship with God. We did however find his baptism certificate in his belongings. One of the few papers he kept.

Dad's 82nd BirthdayDad was born in 1935 to Harlan Arthur and Mozelle Kirkham Winnard. He and his sister Lou were the only 2 of 7 born in a hospital. A week or so ago, I asked him about where he was born and all he said “I think I was born in a hospital.” I was puzzled because Grandma Winnard had told me she had only ever been in a hospital to have a couple of her children and I assumed two of the younger ones.  Wrong!

Dad played basketball in high school but Blanchard didn’t have a football team so that was out.  He loved to watch basketball and football. He watched The Young and the Restless, The Bold and Beautiful, Gunsmoke and The Andy Griffith Show during the week.  Commercials required fast action with the “last” button so he could get some History Channel or Antique show action.

He worked for over 30 years at Dolese Brothers. He had many jobs including mechanic, mixer driver and truck driver. He enjoyed working on and trading cars.

He loved spending time with his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He lived with his sister Lou until last October when he moved in with me and my husband. He lived was us until he passed on July 22, 2017 with complications from pneumonia.

He lost his wife Shirley to cancer in 2014,  my mom Barbara in 2016, a stepson Terry York on July 11, 2017 and his big sister Betty, one year ago.

In addition to those mentioned, Dad was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, a stepson Randy York, and his 2nd wife Billie.

He is survived by his children, Roberta Clark and husband Mark of Plano, Texas, Darla Lyle and husband Mark of Port St. Joe, Florida, Eddie Winnard and wife Sharon of Apache, OK, Bobbie Marcin and husband Luke of Edmond, OK, and stepdaughter Cheryl Lund of El Reno. Grandchildren, Michael Howard and wife Tiffany of Apache, OK, Lindsay Lyle of Port St. Joe, FL, Russell McDaniel and wife Amanda of Edmond, OK, Robert Winnard of Apache, Erika Hunt and husband Tim of Midwest City, Charles Winnard of Apache, OK, Elizabeth Winnard of Apache, OK, Gracelynn, Peyton and Benjamin Marcin, and Ian and Tanisha Lund of OKC. He has at least (in case my count is off) 15 great grandchildren.

He is also survived by siblings Lou Ellen McGaha of Dibble, Rita Dennis and her husband Donnie of Hinton, Dale Winnard and his wife Phyllis Rich of Blanchard, Cheryl Montoney of Spring Valley, OH, and Linda Milburn and her husband Ken of Broken Arrow.

Great Grandchildren:

  • Zachary and Aerrick Howard, Kaitly and Areanna Thomas
  • Payton Rushing, Kadence and Taytum Thomas
  • Addison and Kyndle Winnard, Jesse and Bella Hunt, Nathaniel, Alexa, Amara and Liam McDaniel

Dad and Uncle Don McGaha at an OU Basketball game.Uncle Don McGaha passed several years ago so this picture of him and Dad is more special.  The picture links to a post I wrote about Uncle Don when he passed.

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Aunt Betty and girls

I have been going through pictures and as more turn up, I’ll post.  Know anyone? This was taken at the old Blanchard farmhouse and was developed in August 1962.

Aunt Betty and her girls

More Winnard oldies!

Grandma Winnard, Cheryl, Linda and baby Roberta or Donna.

Even in the old days, the older ones had more pictures taken.  I’m not sure if the baby is Roberta, Gina or Donna.  Maybe a family member seeing this will provide the missing details.

I don’t have the original picture to see if there is a date or names on the back.

The Young Ones

This picture brings back some memories.  You could see a long way from the top of the hill where the old farm house stood.  This picture was probably taken in 1956 or early 1957 depending on how old Roberta was at the time.

Linda, Cheryl and Roberta

She would have been 100!

Yesterday was May 10, 2012.  Mozelle Kirkham Winnard would have been 100.

It’s hard to believe that Grandma has been gone for 9 years!  She passed 3 days before her 91st birthday in 2003 and we held her funeral and said goodbye on that day.    This picture of her 7 children and their spouses was taken that day in the church foyer.

Mozelle Winnard's children on the day of her funeral in 2003.

Grandma Winnard at Apache

This is a picture of Mozelle Winnard while visiting Apache probably in 1990 or 1991 since I think Mike was a HS Senior.  Except Elizabeth who wasn’t yet born, all of Robert’s grand kids are in the picture.  They are grandma’s great grand kids, Robert, Lindsay, Erika, Charles and Michael.  You can see a bigger version if you click on the picture.  The resolution is low so it’s a bit grainy. I’ll be scanning more pictures as I find them….

The New Winnard Homestead

This house was built a little west of the old place.  It was close enough to walk over and check it out.  I’m not sure when they finally tore the rest of it down.  I moved away in 1972 and didn’t come back to Oklahoma until 1977 so I missed a lot.  I think Grandma is standing on the porch with her scarecrow.  She always had a big garden and lots of fruit trees.  She had to put up a fence to keep the cows from eating too much fruit.  They still got enough. Their necks could really stretch over that fence.  I posted a picture awhile back that was taken in the front yard of this house and it was in color!  Imagine that…I’ll dig out pictures of holidays when it was cold outside and we were all inside…talk about crowded.

The Old Winnard Homestead

Wow, it’s hard to believe that Grandma actually lived in this house until her house was built in the early 70’s.  This is the place where most of my childhood memories with her were made. We also spent a lot of time at Grandma Kirkham’s house, especially in the winter or when the weather was too bad to get to this house.  Many a switch was taken from that tree!

See the add on at the east end?  That was the bathroom.  I don’t remember running water ever going to the bathtub but I remember the old wash tub.  The first one in got clean water and everyone else got a hefty does of liquid Lysol.  I still use Lysol and  think about that house when I smell original Lysol.

When I was really young Grandma still had cows and milked them every morning.  I remember being awakened by the cream separator ding! I remember going to the barn a couple of times but I think she thought it was less hassle to let me sleep. That must be why I call it the old farm house.

I  always felt welcome there. I welcome comments about your experience in this house.

I know that every person’s recollection is different.  I’ve had discussions with cousins who remember things very differently but we are all products of our own mind.  Just sayin’!

Summer of 1994

The following video was clipped from the 1994 reunion at K&L. It is special because several people in attendance didn’t normally come and some are no longer with us.  The camera was placed quite a distance from the people being filmed so the voices don’t match up.  I didn’t remove the sound because some may find it humorous.