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Obituary for Robert Dale Fenimore

Robert Dale Fenimore, 84, died on July 28, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater with Dr. B. Gordon Edwards officiating. Strode Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Bob was born in Woodward, Oklahoma, on October 6, 1925, the first child of Orris and Maude Fenimore. He attended Woodward Public Schools and graduated in 1947 from Oklahoma State University (then called Oklahoma A&M College) where he received a B.S. degree from the college of Education majoring in Social Studies.
During his college career, Bob was Oklahoma A&M College’s first two-time All-American and played on both the winning 1945 Cotton Bowl and 1946 Sugar Bowl football teams. The Daily Oklahoman named him Player of the Year in 1944 and 1945. In 1947, he was selected as the first round choice in the NFL draft and was third in the Heisman Award.
Following his graduation from Oklahoma A&M, Bob was drafted by the Chicago bears and played professional football one year. He then returned to Oklahoma and began his career with the Massachusetts Mutual Life insurance Company in Oklahoma City. In 1953, he and his family moved to Stillwater, where he worked as a district manager for the company until his retirement in 1985. During his 40 years with Mass Mutual, Bob was named a National Quality Award Winner for 17 years and a member of the Leaders Club for 15 years. He was a past president of the Northern Oklahoma Chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters (CLU).
Bob’s football legacy at Oklahoma State University included his induction into the National Football College Hall of Fame, the Helms Football Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, the OSU College of Education Hall of Honor, the OSU Track Hall of Honor, the OSU Distinguished Alumni Award, the OSU Track Hall of Honor as well as the OSU Foundation Board of Governors.
Bob was actively involved in his church as well as his community. He served as an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater for four 3-year terms and Deacon for two 2-year terms. He served as President of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, President of the United Way and a member of the Stillwater Parks and Recreation Board of Directors. Bob was a lifetime member of the OSU Alumni Association and former vice-president of the Payne County Alumni Association.
Bob clearly distinguished himself with his accomplishments and dedication to his college, work, church, community and family. He and Veta Jo, his wife of 63 years, made their home in Stillwater, Oklahoma, for the past 50 years. Survivors include their two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Atess and her husband, Robert Dale, and Jo Ellen Jones, all of Stillwater. Also surviving are his three grandchildren, Kathryn Jones McNeill and her husband, Ryan, if Dallas, TX; Sarah Atess of Cincinnati, OH; and David Atess of Stillwater; his brother, Harry Fenimore, of Stillwater; and his sister, Shirleinne Jennings and her husband, Bud, of Woodward, OK. Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made in Bob’s name to First Presbyterian Church, 524 S. Duncan, Stillwater, OK 74074; Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076; Oklahoma State University School of Education or Iba-Fenimore Society of Oklahoma State University c/o the OSU Foundation, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076
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