My Grandpa just recently passed away and here is a little information about him.
Grandpa Rea – Is a true hero in my life. He called me “Tex” which I have never forgotten and means a lot to me. Grandpa Rea poured into my life when I was younger. I love him so much and he taught me about fishing, cattle, cooking, hay balling, shoot a gun, build kites, work with a welder, mow, and so much more. I hope that I have the chance to be able to teach others the things that he had taught me. I continue to do my best in continuing his legacy.
Here is an excerpt of the Obituary.
Robert Lymon Rea (July 30, 1923 – November 24, 2009) lived a good life. He was able to do things of which most can only dream. Robert made many friends along the way, and touched their lives. In his final days, Robert expressed that he was content and would leave this world satisfied with his achievements. Robert was born of modest means. He began his working life as a science teacher in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, but soon joined the Army, where he had a 26 year career and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served active duty in World War II the Korean and Viet Nam Wars. After retirement from the military, Robert served as the Risk Manager, at St. Francis Hospital. His record of community service continued as he volunteered with both Broken Arrow and Coweta Schools. The Coweta chapter of the American Legion #226 benefited from Robert’s involvement, where he was a long time active member. His compassion was further demonstrated through the support he gave to his family when needed. Robert’s most important role in life was that of family leader. He was the father to four daughters, Lynda Rea of Georgia, Cheri Rea Bueno of Tulsa, Robin Rea of Arkansas, and Sandra Rea, our California girl. After the death of his first wife, Helen, Robert was fortunate to meet and marry Marlene Page , who was with him to his end.