Robert H. Bob Bickerstaff

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Robert H. "Bob" Bickerstaff

December 12, 1918 - October 21, 2018

Robert H. Bob Bickerstaff Robert H. (Bob) Bickerstaff went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on 21 October 2018, at home surrounded by family. He was 99 years, 10 months and 9 days old, but he considered himself already 100 years with the 9-month head start.
Bob was born 12 December 1918 in Brocton, NY, to Robert Sidney Bickerstaff and Alice Nellie Frank Bickerstaff.
Bob spent his younger years at his grandfather's farm in Springville, NY, trapping, hunting and fishing to his heart's content.
He attended Brocton schools and enlisted in the Army October 1940. December 7, 1941, WWII was declared, and he was trained at several duty stations before being deployed to the European Theater.
At Camp Gruber, OK, Bob met and married Vivian Bridges, the love of his life, at the First Baptist Church in Muskogee. The Rev. W.A. Criswell officiated.
The next month he was deployed to England with the 1st Army and invaded France with the second wave on Omaha beach at Normandy. He served in France, Belgium, Germany, Czechoslovakia until the European war ended in May 1945.
He mustered out of the Army and hitchhiked to Enid from New York City and re-united with his sweet war bride. This was the start of the Bickerstaff Clan. Bob worked in the building trade as a carpenter/craftsman and later as a business owner and general contractor for Bickerstaff Construction Company.
Travel was his passion. He and Vivian crisscrossed the USA and Canada in both van and on motorcycle. He remembered every highway number he ever traveled, while popping in on family and friends along the way. He not only traveled in the states but everywhere from the Philippines to Scotland and everything in between, making friends and memories along the way.
Bob has been an active and faithful member of the Bible Baptist Church in Enid since August 1947, when he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He dearly loved his family, country, church family and friends. Bob was faithful and true in every way to the end.
He was also active in his community with memberships in the North Enid Lions Club, Enid Garden Club, Crime Stoppers, VFW, Garfield County Election Board and his church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vivian; four sisters; two brothers; and a great-granddaughter.
He is survived by four children: Alice Ylitalo and husband Rod; Dan and wife Pam Bickerstaff; Bill and wife Tammy Bickerstaff; and Kristy Haws and husband Mike; eleven grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothea Taylor, Willow AK; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He will be truly missed by all! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bible Baptist Church or Hospice Circle of Love. Special thanks to Dr. Snyder, Hospice, friends and loved ones.
Funeral service is 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 26, 2018, Bible Baptist Church. Burial follows in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation with family is 5:00-6:00 p.m. today, October 25, 2018, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences online at
Published on October 24, 2018
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Myra Jean Maxwell
Nov 06, 2018
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bickerstaff family. I met Bob through the Enid Garden Club and he was one of the funniest, kindest, sweetest gentlemen I have ever known. I will forever remember him for the smile that was always on his face, all the times he teased me at Garden Club and the stories of his great adventures. The world has lost a true gem...
Sue Ellen Pace Watkins
Oct 26, 2018
My family and I were members of Bible Baptist Church, I believe, from 1953 till not for sure how long, but Bro. Bickerstaff was such a caring and loving Christian man. Alice was such a good friend, she hosted our bridal shower, and helped so much for our wedding. Bro. Bickerstaff was so full of mischief and jokes, and it was a joy and blessing to have known him Prayers for the family.
Teresa Cokeley Bese
Oct 25, 2018
Prayers to Bob's family. He was a good friend of my Dad (Jim Cokeley) They enjoyed the Garden Club together. I remember my Dad talking of Bob being a good guy and friend. ❤️
Richard & Connie Yeager
Oct 25, 2018
Praying God will comfort your family with your special memories of Bob.
Sherry Johnson
Oct 25, 2018
I cried when I met Uncle Bob because he reminded me so much of my beloved grandfather, Bob Bickerstaff , his father, that I missed so much.
I grew to love him every bit as much as I did his father, the few times I was blessed to be in his and Vivians company. I doubt I will ever encounter better people.
I am so proud, so thankful.
He made me a better person.

My condolences to all of his family and friends.

Sherry (Bush) Johnson
Julie Chase
Oct 24, 2018
Sorry for you loss
Love and prayers. Julie Chase