Robert Paul Charbeneau
July 28, 1959 – December 17, 2018
Robert Charbeneau, 59, of Norman, Oklahoma, was welcomed into Heaven on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, after a long, courageous battle against cancer. Robert was born to Richard and Barbara Charbeneau of Mount Clemons, Michigan, a special gift to his mother, as he was born on her birthday, July 28, 1959. He was the fourth of six children. He grew up in Mount Clemons, Michigan, graduating from Austin Catholic Preparatory in 1977 and Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in international business in 1985. In 1978, while working at his family’s restaurant, The House of Flavors, in Mount 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, Oklahoma. He worked for the Department of Human Services until his early retirement in 2007. Mr. Charbeneau 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 prided in providing his children a superior Catholic education, laying a solid foundation for their future success in life. He had a quick wit and was an excellent storyteller. 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; sons, Matthew (Carla) Charbeneau of Purcell, Oklahoma, Jared Charbeneau (Carly Oak) of Edmond, Oklahoma; daughters, Kelly Charbeneau (James Jacob) of Gillette and Jennifer Charbeneau (Jason Simpson) of Pace, Florida; grandchildren, Evan and Hunter; parents, Richard and Barbara Charbeneau of Harrison, Michigan; brothers, Steven of Harrison, Michigan, Mike (Suzanne) Charbeneau of Edmond, Oklahoma, Tom (Kim) Charbeneau of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; sister Mary (Tim) Mickler of Beaverton, Michigan; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Linda; and his paternal and maternal grandparents. Mr. Charbeneau 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.