Dr. Robert Gene Patzkowsky, 79, was welcomed into God’s arms on Friday, December 20, 2013, surrounded by his family. Robert, also known by many as “Dr. Pat”, was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, cherished friend and respected physician.
Born on October 21, 1934, at Enid, Oklahoma, to Ruben and Esther Patzkowsky, Robert and his twin brother, Paul, were raised in Fairview, Oklahoma.
Following graduation from high school, Robert obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern State College. In 1961, he graduated from the Osteopathic College of Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. That following year he began his practice in Ardmore, at “The Doctors Clinic.” He also practiced as a board certified surgeon and obstetrician in Ardmore and the surrounding towns of Healdton, Madill, Sulphur and Marietta.
Throughout his 52 years of practice, his philosophy of medicine remained the same. He said, “To be a good physician you have to enjoy people. Sure, it’s a science, but when it comes down to it, it’s really a people business and I really like being in the business of helping people.” Dr. Pat touched many lives in these communities and when he retired from obstetrics, he had delivered over 4,000 babies during his career.
Robert was also humbled by the many honors and achievements throughout his career. He served as Past President to several Osteopathic boards and earned his fellowship in surgery. In 1999, he was awarded the Doctor of the Year award for outstanding service by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association. He was also selected to be on the Oklahoma Peer Review Board and served as Past President.
In addition to a great passion for medicine, he loved his race horses, his three Yorkies, the Oklahoma Sooners, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oklahoma City Thunder. His love for these things was only outweighed by the love he had for his family.
Robert married Charlette Gillham in 1976. It was the beginning of a lifelong loving relationship that spanned 37 years. They raised their two daughters, Shawna and Robbi, with great pride. In recent years, they have enjoyed their precious grandsons and his grandsons loved their Poppy. As a family they shared Robert with the Ardmore community because he loved his patients and his patients loved him. His contributions and caring spirit will forever live on in the many lives he touched, and the service he has given.
Robert is survived by his devoted wife, Charlette; daughter, Shawna and her husband, Matt Eames of Edmond, Oklahoma; daughter, Robbi and her husband, Nick Burkett of Plano, Texas; grandsons, John Vincent Dobson and Jack Burkett; step-grandsons, Warner and Donovan Eames; his brother, Dr. Paul Patzkowsky and his wife, Denise of Kingston, Oklahoma; and his nephew, Wesley Patzkowsky of Oklahoma City.
Robert’s passing was preceded by his parents, Ruben and Esther Patzkowsky of Fairview, Oklahoma.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, December 23, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church’s Colvert Ministries, officiated by the Rev. Dan Patman and Dr. Hayden Henry. All friends are welcome to join the family in celebrating Robert’s life.
Serving as bearers will be Sam Daube, Jess Cross, John Dobson, Mark Treadwell, Dr. James Forrestal and Dr. James Turrentine.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Robert’s name be directed to the Ardmore Animal Shelter, 321 Carol Brown Blvd., Ardmore OK 73401.
Services have been entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory; where condolences to the family may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.