Robert Charbeneau, 59, of Norman, Oklahoma, was welcomed into Heaven on Dec. 17, 2018, after a long, courageous battle against cancer.
Robert was born to Richard and Barbara Charbeneau of Mt. Clemons, Michigan, a special gift to his mother as he was born on her birthday, July 28, 1959. He was the fourth of their six children.
Robert grew up in Mt. Clemons, Michigan, graduating from Austin Catholic Preparatory in 1977 and Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science and International business in 1985.
In 1978, while working at his family’s restaurant, The House of Flavors, in Mt Pleasant, Michigan, he met and fell in love with Kimberly Wangberg. They married on Nov. 5, 1978, and welcomed four children into this world, Matthew, Kelly, Jennifer, and Jared.
In 1986, the family relocated to Oklahoma City. Robert worked for the Department of Human Services until his early retirement in 2007.
Robert was an avid conservative Republican. He loved to listen to Rush Limbaugh and engage in heated debates about the issues of the world. Taking his children to school each morning, they learned to love AM radio programs. He took pride in providing his children with a superior Catholic education, laying a solid foundation for their future success in life. He had a quick wit and was an excellent story teller. His children will always remember sitting on the front porch watching the storms come in from the distance with him.
Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Kimberly. His sons, Matthew (Carla) Charbeneau of Purcell, Oklahoma, Jared Charbeneau (Carly Oak) of Edmond, Oklahoma, his daughters, Kelly Charbeneau (James Jacob) of Gillette, Wyoming, and Jennifer Charbeneau (Jason Simpson) of Pace, Florida, his grandchildren, Evan and Hunter, parents, Richard and Barbara Charbeneau and brother Steven of Harrison, Michigan, as well as brothers, Mike (Suzanne) Charbeneau of Edmond, Oklahoma, Tom (Kim) Charbeneau of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and sister Mary (Tim) Mickler of Beaverton, Michigan, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his sister, Linda, and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Robert made the selfless choice to donate his body to science to do his part to help find a cure for cancer. A service to celebrate his life will be held in 2019.
The Charbeneau family extends our deepest gratitude to Dr. Bowen, Dr. Boersma, and the nurses and staff at St. Anthony’s Hospital Oncology, the incredible staff at Medical Park West, and Centennial Hospice.