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Obituary for Robert Greenwood

Ponca City Now - June 12, 2018 2:54 pm

Robert Earl Greenwood

March 13, 1949 – June 9, 2018

Robert E. Greenwood fought the good fight in his short battle with liver cancer and on Saturday, June 9, 2018, he began his journey to his heavenly home.

He leaves behind his wife, Joyce Buffalo Head-Greenwood, of Oklahoma City; one son Brent Greenwood, of Edmond; two daughters, Shane and Shaula, of Oklahoma City; two granddaughters, Anevay, of Edmond and Mekai, of Oklahoma City and nine grandsons, Isaiah and Miwese, of Edmond and Josiah, David, Adrian, Julian, Andrew, Elijah and Jacobi, all of Oklahoma City; one sister, Jackie Sue Harrison, of Choctaw and many nieces, nephews, Chickasaw relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Greenwood and Louise Tyubby-Greenwood; a sister, Patricia Roughface-Greenwood; a nephew, Tommy Jr. Roughface; maternal grandparents, Lila Mclish-Hawkins and Richmond Tyubby and paternal grandparents, Susie Chummuttie and Simeon Greenwood.

Robert was an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. He embraced his Chickasaw language and culture. He was honored to accept the invitation to have his portrait painted by Mike Larsen, a renowned Chickasaw artist. Robert is one of 18 Chickasaw elders whose paintings are displayed in the Chickasaw Cultural museum in Sulphur. Just recently, he was asked to participate with other Chickasaw elders in a documentary entitled, “Elders Speak”.

Robert was born in Lawton, on March 13, 1949, to the proud parents Louise and Cecil Greenwood. The family resided in Oklahoma City and later moved to Midwest City where he attended school his elementary and high school years. Upon graduation in 1967 he, along with his best high school friend Shelby Nelson, enlisted with the Marines. Robert was stationed at Camp Pendleton for his basic training and was later deployed to fight in the Vietnam War. He was assigned with the 1st battalion 9th Marines. It was during the Khe Sanh battle that Robert would receive two purple hearts, a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, two Meritorious Citations and a Good Conduct Medal for his bravery and heroic efforts in one of the deadliest battles in the Vietnam War. He was seriously injured during this time of battle and was transported by medevac to Corpus Christi Texas where he was hospitalized for his injuries and later assigned to Camp Pendleton for further training.

In 1969 he returned home to Midwest City. He was employed at Western Electric Company in 1970 and later was employed by the U.S. Postal Service where he retired in 2006. In June of 1970, he attended the Methodist annual conference at Hog Creek in Anadarko. It was there he met his wife, Joyce and they were married in January of 1971. They established their home in Oklahoma City, where many memories were made with their three children and 11 grandchildren. He was a member of the Mary Lee Clark Church in Del City.

Robert was an avid fan of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. There were many happy days spent with his family in the Stillwater and Ponca City area during football and basketball seasons. He enjoyed camping at Chickasaw National Recreation Park in Sulphur with his family and grandchildren. Every year for the past 26 years, He looked forward to camping in August at the annual Ponca Celebration. He was very supportive of his wife’s desires to carry on the Ponca ways and traditions for her family. Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend and there are no words to express the void that will be left with his family and friends. He left a legacy of unconditional love, discipline, and respect for his children and grandchildren to carry through their words and actions.

Grace Memorial Chapel in Ponca City will handle the funeral arrangements. There will be a wake service at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11, at Mary Lee Clark Church, 1100 Howard Drive, Del City. The second wake service will be held on 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, at Ponca Methodist Church in the White Eagle community, located south of Ponca City. The final service will be held at 11 a.m. at Ponca Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 13, with burial in Ponca Indian Cemetery.