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Robert G. Talley


December 27, 2018

Robert G. Talley, 88, of Depew, Oklahoma, formerly a resident of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, after an extended illness, surrounded by family in Oklahoma City.

He was born July 11, 1930, to William Franklin and Verdie Edna (Cook) Talley in Tecumseh, Oklahoma. He was a 1948 graduate of Tecumseh High School and University of Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

While in college he joined the ROTC and National Guard serving in the 45th Infantry Division as Sergeant and Squad Leader. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star, The Republic of Korea Service Medal, U.S. Army Occupation of Japan Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

He married Margaret B. Shanks on April 17, 1960, in Salina, Kansas.

Mr. Talley worked at Tinker Air Force Base, was an entrepreneur, and was a former mayor of Depew, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Franklin and Verdie Edna Talley; granddaughter Ashleigh Samatha Bouziden; grandson Kyle Rhanson Talley; son-in-law J.C. Bouziden; and three sisters, Evelyn Talley, Ethel Bruce and Estaline Collins.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret B. (Shanks) Talley of the home; two daughters and one son-in-law, Pamelia (Talley) Bouziden of Colorado Springs, CO, and Samatha Ann Talley-Anderson and Charles Anderson of Edmond; his two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert B. and Wanda Talley of San Antonio, TX, and Robin G. Talley and Shelley Coffman, of Shawnee; nine grandchildren, Taracasa Jean (Talley) Snipes, Beaux Talley, Braden Talley, Charity Desire (Bouziden) Melber, Zavier Cameron Talley, Caitlin Anderson, Chase Anderson, Caden Anderson, Cierra Anderson, and Colby Anderson; one great-granddaughter, Ella Katarina Snipes; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Franklin and Shirley Talley of Tecumseh and Raymond and Myrna Talley of Stillwater; and other extended family and friends.

Service will be tomorrow (Friday, Dec, 28) at 1 pm at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1625 N. Broadway Ave., Shawnee, OK 74804 with the Rev. Ray Belford officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.


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