Winston Douglas “Doug” Roberson, 76, of Stillwater, died suddenly Saturday, March 24, 2018, at his home. Services will be Wednesday, March 28, at 10 a.m. at Lost Creek United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at Strode Funeral Home in Stillwater from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27.
He was born in Bradford, Ark., on March 18, 1942, to Ted and Clara Roberson. He was a proud member of the Glencoe High School class of 1960 and a veteran of the United States Army.
He joined the military in 1960 and was a member of the 3rd Armor Division in Europe. He attended basic training and AIT at Fort Hood, Texas and Fort Dix, N.J. From there, he was sent to Bremerhaven and Wildflecken, Germany. Once there, he was selected for Headquarters Company. He was one of 15 selected out of 350. This group of jeeps mounted with 30-caiber machine guns called themselves “The Rat Patrol”. He would tell you that this was long before the television show. He loved his time in the military where he saw the rise of the Berlin Wall, the Bay of Pigs, and the assassination of his Commander in Chief. He left the Army after only three years, but during his time he got to see Oktoberfest in Munich, Kasbahs in Morocco, St. Peter’s Square in Rome, eat pizza in a real pizzeria, and ride a train through the Alps. He once said: “The Rhine Valley is covered with old castles, the Danube is blue, and the Netherlands and Holland still have working windmills.”
He went to work for Ewing Electric Motor Company in 1964. He took over the management of Ewing Electric in 1972, purchased the business in 1977, and worked constantly right up until the morning he died. He made Oscar Montelongo, his long-time employee and friend, his business partner in 2008.
Ewing customers were friends and no one who crossed the threshold was a stranger for very long. His kindness, generosity, and sense of humor immediately put people at ease. It was a place where local service people could go for a good visit and a $.10 Coke on a hot Oklahoma summer day.
He married Pam Holinsworth in 1995. Together, they worked at Ewing, spent lots of time with their eight grandchildren, and, as he would say, were fortunate that the business allowed them to travel often. They celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary with a trip to Florida recently.
If he was not at work or with his grandchildren, he was tinkering with a car or two in his collection. His love of cars was a life-long passion and one he enjoyed every single day of his life.
He was a member of Lost Creek United Methodist Church and an avid Cowgirl basketball fan. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Larry Roberson; and his first wife, Sharon Reed (divorced in 1994). He is survived by two sisters, Joy Laramore and her husband, Don, of Glencoe, and Beverly Bethards of Falls City, Wash. He is also survived by his wife, Pam Roberson of Stillwater; his children, Roger and Tara Roberson-Moore of Stillwater, Lori Roberson of Englewood, Colo., Chet Cundiff of Perkins, and Cody and Renee Cundiff, both of Stillwater. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Zakery Frick and Makayla Levings, both of Stillwater; Courtney Levings of Boulder, Colo.; Jordan Levings of Englewood, Colo.; and Garrett Cundiff, Kelcea Chapman, Kolby Cundiff, and Kayton Cundiff, all of Perkins. He is additionally survived by one great-grandchild, Wyatt Chapman, also of Perkins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Doug’s name to Lost Creek Methodist Church.
A final thought from Doug: “I still love old cars, restoring and working on them, driving around, and occasionally dragging Main in Glencoe. A favorite saying to end my story: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift…that is why they call it the present.”
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com