The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Obituaries

January 9, 2011

Robert “Bob” Vincent Garis

Published 1-10-11

ENID — The Mass of Christian burial for Robert “Bob” Vincent Garis, 95-year-old Enid resident, will be noon Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. The Rev. Kevin Ratterman will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home. A wake service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Henninger-Hinson Funeral  Chapel.

Bob was born Sept. 26, 1915, in Enid, Okla., to Adam and Georgia (Slover) Garis Jr. and died quietly at home Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.

He attended Enid schools. He began his working career at Enid Planing Mill in 1933.

In 1938, he married Dorris Elaine Cameron in Roswell, New Mexico. During World War II, he worked at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kan. He returned to Enid, working at Vance Air Force Base repairing training aircraft. He later worked for Longbell Lumber Co., before opening Northwest Sash and Door in 1963. He retired from Caton Mill Works in 1990.

He coached numerous little league football and baseball teams in the early Sixties. He was an active church member and built many fixtures for St. Joseph’s School and St. Francis Xavier Church. He was a member of Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are his sons, John Garis of Enid, Joe Garis of Cement, Okla., Jerome Garis of Duncan, Okla.; daughters, Judy and husband Elmer Allen of Paris, Texas, Janet Garis of Enid, Joan Boyette of Stillwater, Jean and husband Gail Batman of Vicenza, Italy, Jane and husband Andy Kecskes of San Diego, Calif., Jakita Haws of Enid, Jacinta and husband Tom Epperson of Oklahoma City, Jennifer Jones of Oklahoma City, and Julia and husband Mike DeWeese of Collierville, Tenn; 29 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. On Jan. 7, 2011, at 11 p.m., a new great-great-grandchild Walker Vincent Gantz Allen was born.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorris, in 1990 and one son, Jim Garis.

Memorials may be made to Our Daily Bread or American Heart Association through the funeral home.

Condolences may be made online at www.enidwecare.com.

(Submitted by family)

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