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Robert Joseph Farrell

Robert Joseph Farrell

8/17/1938 - 11/18/2009

Robert Joseph Farrell of Cushing, OK, died Wednesday, November 18, 2009, in St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK, at the age of 71, after fighting prostate cancer for over a year.  He was much-loved and will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Bob was born in Kingfisher, OK, on August 17, 1938, the fifth of nine children born to William Thomas Farrell (Willie or W.T.) and Reeda Pearl (Conover) Farrell (“Sue”).  His family moved to Cushing, OK, in 1945.  After graduating from Cushing High School in 1957 he worked various pipelining jobs before marrying Sabra Lee Deason in Cave Springs, AR, on July 6, 1959.  They lived in Cushing while he attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, graduating with an Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering in the spring of 1962.  Bob and Sabra began their family before he graduated from OSU, eventually having three daughters, one each in 1961, 1963 and 1967 (one even being born on his 25th birthday).

Bob began his professional life in 1962 as a Lube Oil Sales Representative with Sinclair Oil Company, being hired prior to his college graduation, finishing his studies while he worked.  He moved into management in 1967 with Sunray DX Oil Company (later acquired by Sun Oil Company) until 1976 when his entrepreneurial and innovative spirit blossomed.  After many years of having earned numerous awards, prizes and promotions as a top-rated employee, he purchased a bulk plant in Little Rock, AR, and became an Independent Oil Distributor for Sun Oil Company.  Over the years he and his wife, Sabra, also created and managed other successful family businesses, including gas stations, convenience stores, car washes, a liquor store, rental property and more.  After divorcing in 1986, Bob returned to Cushing to live, while maintaining businesses in both Arkansas and Oklahoma with the assistance of his special friend Betty Jones.

Being formally educated, as well as self-taught in many diverse subjects, Bob always emphasized the value of education and a strong work ethic with his children.  The high standards to which he held his children served them well as they began their own adult lives and families.  He delighted in creative problem-solving, and was known for his many visions and ever-present and on-going projects; and he passed on his passion to create and inquisitive mindset to his girls.  For all of this his children are ever thankful.  He also expressed a strong desire to assist his grand- and great-grandchildren to pursue educational goals with the generous assistance of his hard-earned resources.  His philanthropic spirit is much appreciated and emulated by his daughters.

He is survived by his eldest daughter LaDayne (Farrell) Hardage (“LD”) and husband Terry (Washington, OK), middle daughter Teresa (Farrell) Jordan (“Terry Berry”) and husband Wayne (Little Rock, AR), and youngest daughter Penny (Farrell) Simmons (“Penny Pooh”) and husband Toby (Little Rock, AR); along with their mother, Sabra Farrell (Little Rock, AR).  He was also blessed with 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

His grandchildren include LaDayne’s children, Joshua, Caleb, Abby and Emma; Teresa’s children, Jessica (Fulton) Wilson and Farrell (Fulton) Wilson and husband Stephen; and Penny’s children, Sabra (Simmons) DeCicco and husband Mike, and Kate, Jamie, Molly and Maggie.  His great-grandchildren include Jessica’s children, Joshwa, Alexzander, Michael and Nicholas; and Farrell’s daughter, Zoe.  Two grandchildren and one great-grandchild carry on with the name Farrell as either a first or middle name.  Within his family are three sets of twins: his younger sisters Doris and Dorothy, grandchildren Joshua and Caleb, and great-grandchildren Michael and Nicholas.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his eldest brother Bill Farrell, his older sister Barbara (Farrell) Rice and husband Larry, his younger brother Doyle Farrell, and two nephews.  Surviving siblings include Keith Farrell and wife Fredia (Odessa, TX), Bonnie (Farrell) Morton and husband Jim (Kansas City, KS), Doris (Farrell) Patterson and husband Delbert (Cushing, OK), Dorothy (Farrell) Cross and husband Orvin (Parkville, MO), and Charlotte (Farrell) Deering and husband Gary (Plattsburg, MO).  Bob also has many surviving nieces and nephews and their children.

Other special friends surviving Bob include his significant other Betty Jones; Betty’s children Missy Hogrefe and husband Joe, Adam Ross, and Toni Verner; Betty’s grandchildren, including Adam’s children Alahna, Elizabeth, and Kylie, Missy’s children Jordan and Jared, and Toni’s children Alex, Shayna and Breanna; nephew Walt Farrell; and many others in both Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Bob opted for cremation; therefore no formal service will be held.  However, family and friends are invited to attend an informal gathering to share memories at the Davis Funeral Home, 402 E. Broadway, Cushing, OK, on Saturday, November 28, 2009, from 1-3 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of Robert J. Farrell to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation online tribute page at or send donation directly to 825 NE 13th St., Oklahoma City, OK, 73104-9930; OR send a donation directly to the St. Francis Hospital Hospice, 6600 S. Yale, Ste. 350, Tulsa, OK 74136.


Kenneth Ross

60 year friend
Thursday, November 19, 2009

To Bob's immediate famiy. I send my deepest condolences. Bob was a wonderful kid to grow up with and a dear friend later in life. He will be missed by the many he left behind but I'm sure, whereever he is, he is laughing and enjoying the surroundings. God bless each one of you. Ken Ross

Troy Morehouse

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bob will be missed. He had the gift of making friends easily and had many. My condolences to his family. Troy Morehouse

M. Jane Jelsma Bright

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Janey Jelsma Bright

Kay Geymann Casto

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I am so sorry for your loss. Gary (my brother)and Bob were best friends during their high school years. I always thought he was so nice and very handsome It is so nice that he was so successful during his lifetime. Blessings, Kay

Ross Funkhouser

Good friend
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My condolences to Bob's family. Bob was a very good friend over many years. We worked together pipelining in Oregon, and later commuted to Stillwater from Cushing during 1960-1962 while attending OSU. Following graduation our paths went different directions; but, occasionally our paths would cross and Bob was always the same good friend. He will be missed by me and many others as he was truly a unique individual. May God bless his family greatly.

Jacki Maxwell

Friend/ Nurse
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I had the pleasure of knowing Bob for only a short time, but it was a blessing. I was there to witness the pain and suffering that he endured and not a second of it went by without Betty right by his side doing everything she could to keep him happy and comfortable. No matter how bad he felt, he always wore a smile and always had a kind thing to say or a joke to make us laugh. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to know this man. I send my deepest condolences to Betty Jones, whom Bob loved with all his heart and that was very aparent anytime you saw the two together. My heart goes out to you in this time of grief and sadness. I love the both of you very much. Deepest sympathies, Jacki

Ann Groom Perrin Taylor

Friend from long ago
Saturday, November 28, 2009

I've been searching for "the boy from long ago" since discovering in 2005 he was once again living on E. Moses in Cushing, but it was not to happen! I didn't know if this was temporary or permanent; but, nearing our 70's, felt the need to see him "one more time" to say "hi ya" and see the man Bobby had become. You see, Gary Geymann (Bob's best friend & my boyfriend), Bobby & I walked to school together for a few months in '52. The three of us spent lots of time together & forged a fast & loyal friendship. Then we went our separate ways, but I would sometimes drop by & watch Bob & his pals working on an old car in the garage. You see, God gave Bobby many wonderful gifts which he took on into manhood. One was the ability to always make you feel he was so happy to see & talk to you. When you'd say "see ya later", life was all better - from just talking to Bob. I remember Bonnie, Doyle, Doris & Dot well from seeing you all walk by my house. And, also remember Sabra, as I still have their engagement & wedding announcement with her beautiful picture from the paper. Bob had people everywhere & all around him who loved him and were very proud of him and his accomplishments. I'm happy to know he had his loved ones surrounding him when he passed on. May God Bless you all, and take Bob home with him to be near Doyle & other family.

Teresa Jordan

Little Rock
Bob's Middle of 3 Daughters
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A deep, heartfelt thanks to everyone who showed kindness and encouragement to his family during my dad's illness and at his death. His family members appreciate the thoughts and memories shared. I, too, want to extend a warm hug and sorrow to all of you who loved Dad and lost him in their lives. Though we all have a shared grief, we have our own unique experience losing him in our individual lives. My heart goes out to all who grieve the loss. We loved him fiercely and will remember him well. If anyone would like to share memories, experiences or stories about my dad with his children and grandchildren, please do so by sending us a note to my email address: Thanks so kindly to all.

Linda (Rohwedder) Hudson

Little Rock
Family Friend
Thursday, July 22, 2010

I just learned about Mr. Farrell's passing and I just want extend my condolences to the entire Farrell Family. Bob always treated me so well, especially after my father died. Again, I am so sorry for your loss and I feel lucky to have known Bob.