The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 10, 2014

Longtime attorney Robert ‘Bob’ Lee Gregory dies

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Longtime Enid attorney and former judge Robert “Bob” Lee Gregory was remembered Monday as a devoted man.

He died Saturday at age 86.

The funeral for Gregory will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1626 E. Broadway. The Revs. Kenneth Wade and Scott Whittenburg will officiate.

Visitation will be 6-7:30 tonight at Brown-Cummings Funeral Home, 400 W. Maple.

Gregory entered practice with the late Harry O. Glasser and managed finances for Knox Oil. He served as district attorney, later becoming a district judge for Garfield County for 25 years.

Gregory is remembered by friends and colleagues as a friendly man, a competent attorney and a man devoted to all he did.

Longtime friend Dennis Porter said Gregory was “very active” in the church, which he joined after college. He said Gregory was dedicated to his family and career.

“He worked hard at it, He was a hard worker and had that German tradition of labor,” Porter said. “He worked that campaign trail and made his own way in the world. He didn’t have any relatives in the area of law or who practiced law.”

Liberty Federal President and CEO Bud Smith recalled Gregory’s devotion to all he did.

“He provided legal service to us for over 26 years,” Smith said. “He’s been quite devoted to our organization and he was that kind of a person. He was very devoted to his family, friends and work.”

Smith said Gregory was a “very positive” person.

“Bob always had a ‘we can get it done’ attitude,” he said. “He didn’t take no for an answer, yet he was very kind and considerate, and a very gently person.”

Smith said Gregory came into the office every day until his death.

“He’s just one of those people who had a routine and he stuck by it,” Smith said. “He just really, really enjoyed the interaction, having those things to do and meeting with people.

“He was a very good person, a very, very good person and a loss to Enid.”

Attorney Dick McKnight said he and Gregory had been friends for about 50 years and also were neighbors.

“He was a very competent attorney, especially in the field of real estate matters,” McKnight said. “His opinion was always well thought of.”

McKnight said Gregory was willing to help any attorneys who asked.

“He was always willing to visit with any attorney that wanted to consult with him about any particular matter,” he said. “He was always ready and able to assist other attorneys, especially the younger attorneys, with any matter.”

McKnight said he would see Gregory walking to Liberty Federal almost daily.

“I was just telling my wife last night (Sunday) that I believe he is the oldest practicing attorney in Enid,” he said. “I was very shocked by his death, and surprised and saddened.”

Attorney Clark McKeever said he’s known Gregory since he returned to Enid to practice law.

“He was an excellent attorney, particularly on real estate matters and title examination, but he was also very fun to be around. He always saw the humor in things,” McKeever said.

He said Gregory’s humor made him a pleasure to work with.

“He was just a fun guy to be around and he was a pleasure to work with,” McKeever said. “He was a great guy and we’ll miss him.”

Gregory was born  March 15, 1927, to William and Olga Ahsmuhs Gregory.

Gregory joined the Navy after graduating from Enid High School. He graduated in 1949 from University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree of arts in psychology and a doctorate of law degree.

Gregory later had a private practice and served as a judge for North Enid and Garber.

Memorials may be made in Gregory’s name to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School with Brown-Cummings serving as custodian of the funds.

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