Tahlequah Daily Press

Obituaries

September 16, 2013

Robert Raymond Whitener Sr.

TAHLEQUAH — Services for Robert Raymond Whitener Sr., will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Green Country Funeral Home, with Rev. Jim Carey officiating.

Robert’s viewing will be Sunday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Green County Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Ryan Sierra, J.R. Sierra, Jake Whitener, Joe Grasshopper, Jason Grasshopper and Greg Grogan. Honorary pallbearers are Tom Whitener, Jack Whitener, George Grasshopper, Andy Bird and Clifford Tracey and Isidoro Sierra.

Robert will be laid to rest at New Hope Cemetery in Shady Grove, under the care of Green Country Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left at tahlequah funeral.com.

Robert Raymond Whitener, 76, of Tahlequah, passed from this life on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev., with his family by his side.

Robert was born on Aug. 20, 1937 in Claremore, to Jess Whitener, of Hulbert, and Katie Smith Grasshopper, of Shady Grove. He was raised in Moneybean Hollow of Cherokee County and attended Seneca Boarding School in Wyandotte.

At age 18, Robert began serving his country with the United States Navy and was honorably discharged as a seaman general.

After his years of service, Robert became a baker, working in a doughnut shop in Muskogee. He was known for making the best maple bars this side of Oklahoma. As a young man, Robert lived life to the fullest and loved to have a good time with family and friends. He later went on to work as a truck driver and in the oil fields.

Robert was a fluent Cherokee speaker who was proud of his heritage. He loved to hunt crawdads, wild onions and huckleberries. He enjoyed making kanuchi, as well as eating it.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, JoAnn Knight of Oaks, and a son, Dustin Whitener of Antlers.

Those left to cherish his memory are his seven children, Tammy Click of Texas, Pamela Parra of Las Vegas, Nev., Sherry DeSouza of Park Hill, Robert “Bobby” Whitener Jr. of Park Hill, OK, Andy Whitener of Tahlequah, Mitchell Dobson of Tahlequah, and Mahalia Whitener of Antlers; a special granddaughter, Jackie Whitener of Tahlequah, as well as 17 other grandchidlren.

Robert is also survived by his siblings, Tom Whitener of Minneapolis, Minn., Mary Lou Deerinwater of Shady Grove, Mary Jane Washington of Moody, Peggy Bluebird of Shady Grove, George Grasshopper of Tahlequah, Dorothy Bark of Tahlequah,  Kathy Sierra of Hulbert, Katrina Whitener of Hulbert, and Donna Whitener of Tahlequah; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He will be missed dearly by those who love him.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.

 

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