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 www.AndersonBurris.com.
Published on October 24, 2018
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