Robert L. “Bob” Gritz

Memorial service for Robert L. “Bob” Gritz, 96 will be at 11:00 AM Saturday January 5, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. P. J. Stewart and Lanny Jobe. Private family interment will precede the service under the direction of Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home.

Bob was born east of Hennessey on June 7, 1922 to Dewitt and Lola Brown Gritz and died Wednesday January 2, 2019 at The Commons in Enid.

Bob graduated from Hennessey High School in 1941. He married Betty Norris in Protection, Kansas on November 19, 1941. He served in the US Army Air Corp. as a tail-gunner in a B-17 having flown thirty-three missions during WWII.

He attended watchmaking school at Bradley University then moved to Enid where he worked for his uncle at H.V. Gritz Jewelers. In 1950 Bob moved the family back to Hennessey where he opened R. L. Gritz Jewelry Store. He sold the jewelry store in 1961 and purchased an insurance agency. Bob owned and operated R. L. Gritz Insurance Agency until his retirement in 1984. He particularly enjoyed the crophail aspect of the insurance business and was Managing General Agent for Hartford Insurance Company’s Crop Hail Department for all of Oklahoma following retirement from his own agency.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Coronado Masonic Lodge #56, was Mayor of Hennessey in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

Following Betty’s death in 2007 Bob married Georgia Norris in Blackwell.

Bob is survived by his wife Georgia; one daughter Beth Hale and husband Ron of Sandia Park, New Mexico; one son Bert Gritz and Kim Fehring of Hennessey; six grandchildren, Sami Gabriel-DeBell and husband Mark of Denver, CO, David Hale and wife Julie of Weskan, Kansas, Rob Hale and wife Karla of Estes Park, CO, Gayla Lee and Bill Flohr, Heather Gritz, and Trevor Gritz, all of Hennessey; twelve great-grandchildren; Georgia’s children Larry Norris of Collinsville, Jacquie Hart and husband Doug of Ponca City, Susan Bymaster and husband Craig of Ames, Danny Norris and wife Angi of Green River, Wyoming.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Betty, one daughter Becky, two brothers and one sister.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society with the funeral home serving as custodian of the fund.

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