From the Claremore Daily Progress newspaper, Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma on June 19, 2007
Bob Joe Piguet
— Services for Bob Joe Piguet will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at Meadowview Baptist Church.
Charles Welch and Dr. L.M. Woodson will share words of comfort. Burial will follow at Timber Ridge Cemetery, Catoosa, under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 6 – 8 this evening.
Bob passed away Fri., June 15th, 2007. He was 76.
Born in Catoosa on Nov. 18th, 1930 to Alec and Willie (Howell) Piguet, Bob grew up and received his education in his birth community. He graduated from Catoosa High School with the Class of ’49 and then attended OMA, now Rogers State University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at Northeastern and his MS and Doctorate at OSU.
Bob spent much of his life teaching and instilling the importance of a good education in the schoolchildren he so dearly loved. He was affectionately known as “Doc” to the children as well as all who knew him. Much of his career was spent at Red Rock Public Schools. He served as Superintendent for 13 years before accepting the position of superintendent at Chattanooga Public Schools near Lawton. It wasn’t long, however, before his Rogers County roots drew Bob and his wife, Loretta, back to Claremore where he retired in 1995.
Bob was a gifted musician and in his younger days could be found playing dances at the old Legion hut in Claremore. He never lost his love of music and could be heard playing his “fiddle” for hours. Bob, along with the Tanner family, played for the residents of Wood Manor and Claremore Nursing Home ach week, spreading much cheer and brightening their long days. Bob did this most recently the day before he left this life to be with his Lord and Savior.
Photography was another of Bob’s hobbies. He took many beautiful pictures and never missed recording special occasions and making sure everyone received their share.
He was a wonderful husband and father and the absolute best grandpa ever to his grandchildren. He will be sorely missed.
Bob is survived by his wife, Loretta, of their home in Claremore; his children, Connie Jo Davis and her husband, Charles, also of Claremore and Jerri Taulman and her husband, Dave, of Stillwater; his grandchildren, Brian Taulman and his wife, Lisa, Daniel Joe Taulman, Shannon Ellerd and her husband, Mark, Jenny Davis, Lindsay Cole and her husband, Jason, and Haley Davis; great grandchildren, Taylor Alt, Lesleigh, Lane and Logan Ellerd; his brother, Lloyd Piguet and his wife, Raydean, of Rialto, California; his aunts, Neva Van Meter of Enid and Susie Potts of Claremore; good friend who was like a son, Joe Hirsch and his wife, Nancy; and lifelong friends, Bill and Sonda Keller and Terry and Angie McNeil and their daughter, Alyson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Frank and Wayne Piguet.