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In Memory of

Robert Zabel

March 7, 1939 - March 31, 2015

Obituary


Robert Lee Zabel, of Edmond, OK, was born March 7, 1939, in Texas County, OK, south of Hooker, to parents Edward Albert Robert & Lucy Luisa (Morford) Zabel. He went to his Heavenly reward on March 31, 2015.

Robert graduated from high school in Adams, OK, and earned an Associate's Degree in Diesel Fuel Injection from Oklahoma State Tech. He was a diesel mechanic for various companies, including: J&R Oil Transport in Woodward, OK, his own shop Robert's Service Center in Rogers, AR, Koch Brothers in Liberal, KS, Groendyke Trucking in Okmulgee and Morris,...

Robert Lee Zabel, of Edmond, OK, was born March 7, 1939, in Texas County, OK, south of Hooker, to parents Edward Albert Robert & Lucy Luisa (Morford) Zabel. He went to his Heavenly reward on March 31, 2015.

Robert graduated from high school in Adams, OK, and earned an Associate's Degree in Diesel Fuel Injection from Oklahoma State Tech. He was a diesel mechanic for various companies, including: J&R Oil Transport in Woodward, OK, his own shop Robert's Service Center in Rogers, AR, Koch Brothers in Liberal, KS, Groendyke Trucking in Okmulgee and Morris, and as school bus maintenance supervisor in Braman, OK. Other positions included: farm manager for Leo Winter in Hooker, ranch hand at the Mayer Ranch in Hooker, and driver for Bahne Construction in Guymon.

Robert was raised in the Church of the Nazarene in Hooker and has been a member of Edmond First Nazarene since 1981. He was written up as the best diesel tune-up mechanic in Overdrive Magazine, played baseball in high school and coached baseball in Rogers, Hooker, and Buffalo. He was a true cowboy, hot-rod enthusiast, and baseball fan who loved to tinker with everything, but his greatest joy and pride in life was his family.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Regina Louise Zabel. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Vivian (Gilbert) Zabel; children: Rene Farabaugh & husband Vince of Charlestown, WV, Robert Lee "Bobby" Zabel, Jr., of Colorado Springs, CO, and Randel Louis "Randy" Zabel & wife Janelle of Oklahoma City; grandchildren: Macayla Romines & husband David of Yukon, OK, Keri Smith & husband Jarrod of Yukon, OK, Faris Alkordi of Tampa, FL, Yasmeen Alkordi of Shepherd's Town, WV, Ryan, Colby, and Shane Zabel of Oklahoma City, and Aiden Farabaugh of Charlestown, WV; great-grandchildren: Kurtis, Ethan, and Haylee Romines and Katie and Emma Rouner; life-long best friend, Frankie McCubbin of Weatherford, OK; and many other family members and friends.

Viewing will be at Baggerley Funeral Home, Saturday, from 9am to 8pm with family present to receive friends from 1pm to 3pm. Funeral services will be 10am, Monday, April 6, 2015, at Edmond First Nazarene. Interment will be 2:30pm, Monday, at Hydro Masonic Cemetery in Hydro, OK.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Oklahoma Chapter, at 2123 N Classen Blvd, OKC 73106 or at alz.org.