In Memory

Neil Dobry

Neil Dobry


Dec. 29, 1941 - July 1, 2018 OKLAHOMA CITYNeil Allan Dobry was born Dec. 29, 1941, in Oklahoma City to the late Pauline McKinney Chatfield and the late Frank Anton Dobry. He passed away July 1, 2018, in Frisco, TX after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Neil graduated from Harding High School in OKC. He attended Westminster College in Fulton, MO and The University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK before graduating from Central State University (UCO, Edmond) with a degree in funeral sciences. He worked as a funeral director at the Guardian Funeral Homes in OKC. Later, he was employed by Garrett & Company prior to joining Cheek Properties as property manager. Neil enjoyed OU football, jazz music, fly-fishing, water and snow skiing, conservative politics, good barbeque, and spending time with his family and friends at Lake Texoma and, especially, at the family's cabins in Colorado. Neil was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, an elder of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, a trustee of Westminster Day School, past president of the Optimist Club of OKC, a member of the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons (AF&AM), and a lifetime member of the NRA. Neil is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Carol Jean Carlock Dobry; daughter, Angela Dobry Bearden & husband Bob, of Austin, TX; son, Christopher Allan Dobry, of Frisco, TX; sister, Carolyn Graham & husband Bob, of OKC; cousin and friend, David Mach & wife Kyla, of OKC; and five grandchildren, Miles Robert Bearden, Carter Lawson Bearden, Susannah Leigh Bearden, Sarah Alexis Dobry, and Gavin Anton Dobry. He also leaves behind his adoring and pampered West Highland Terrier, Daisy Mae. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Integris Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute ( or to Westminster Presbyterian Church. All are welcome to attend the Celebration of Life service on Monday, July 16 at 1 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel Ave., Oklahoma City. http//

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07/07/18 12:33 PM #1    

Carol Rucker (Whittaker)

I remember Neil and I won’t forget his boundless energy and his everlasting in peace...carol rucker whittaker

07/08/18 01:35 PM #2    

Larry Zahn

Thank you, Carol, for expressing my predominant memory of Neil as well: his smile. His picture captures it wonderfiully.

07/08/18 03:20 PM #3    

Lance Stockwell

I completely agree with what Carol and Larry said in their comments and add that he was a good friend as well. During our days at Harding Neil and I had many adventures, not the least of which was my run for student council president. Neil served as my campaign manager in what became a loss to Larry Zahn. But the friendship endured until we graduated and headed off to different colleges. Over the years i’ve often thought about Neil and the good times we had. From recent pictures I’ve seen, Neil remained the smiling, energetic guy I once knew. May he Rest In Peace.

07/09/18 12:13 PM #4    

Sam Williamson

I have memories of Neil liking, and being liked by, everyone at Harding. Always had a smile,a  nod, and a "how ya doin" for all. A great guy!

07/09/18 04:42 PM #5    

Judy Richardson

I remember Neil as a kind person with a generous spirit. And as others have mentioned, I remember that wonderful smile. I’m sure he will be missed by his many friends and family.

07/10/18 12:35 AM #6    

Willis Smith

My thoughts immediately came to the metallic green Model A ford with the rumble seat, the noise of the grind of the transmission , the power of the triple single barrels carbs. to the power to get to 50 on a good night.  The only vehicle that you could pass an occasional qt of Carlings Black Label, or when Busch came out, We might have tied it from front seat to back seat.   The secret Orchid Green House, those  produced from the hand of his mom, those fantantic flowers, for our Dates to the Big formal dances, the $1.25 to the florist for the final box of surprise for our dates, a secret only a few friends knew about for those years..  The cool Jazz, chess and split-t onion rings.  You wrote a great history for your family by example and deed.  I know the Holy Spirit will comfort your Family, their loss means eternity peace for you.   Good by old Friend.....


07/10/18 11:50 AM #7    

John Couch

That was a very fine and heartfelt tribute to Nei, Willis.

07/11/18 10:14 AM #8    

Gary Shayler

My paternal grandmother's funeral service was held at Guardian while Neil worked there.  His ever-present, pleasing smile like he always had in highschool was reassuring and comforting to my entire family.  He was a good man; may he rest in peace.

07/12/18 05:26 PM #9    

Judy Johnson (Ruby Brown)

Everyone has said it.  Wonderful smile, a fine person, and now a member of the Church Triumphant. Class always..

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