Bob Hightower

Bob J. Hightower

1931 - 2018

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Obituary of Bob J. Hightower

Bob J. Hightower was born in Oklahoma City, OK on February 14, 1931 to Cecil and Lennie Hightower.  He passed on to his heavenly home on April 17, 2018 at the age of 87. 

Bob began his aviation career in 1948 with the Civil Aeronautics Administration for two years before joining the US Air Force serving in the Korean War as a Crew Chief on a B25 until 1953.  He served and retired after 35 years as an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector which he proudly served and was a respected member of the aviation industry.  After retirement he continued as an Aviation Consultant for another 25 years acting as a DAR – Designated Airworthiness Representative.  This role took him to many worldwide destinations.

Bob was introduced to Louise Featherston on a blind date and after a three month courtship between OKC and Tulsa married on December 27, 1958.  Bob and Louise were happily married for 57 years when Louise passed in 2016.  They were married at First United Methodist Church and continued to be faithful members of FUMC.

Bob and Louise started their life together in Oklahoma City but moved to Tulsa in 1967 with their two daughters, Laurie and Leslie. Bob was an active member of his church, enjoyed fishing, keeping a beautiful 1 acre yard and gardens at his Tulsa home of 46 years.  Bob and Louise enjoyed their retirement years with their second home at Grand Lake in Grove, OK. 

Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Louise Hightower, his parents Cecil and Lennie Hightower, brother, Cecil Hightower Jr, and sister, Doris Mercer.  He is survived by sister Anita Perkins (OKC), daughter Laurie Zampino and husband Tom; daughter Leslie Meador and husband Ray; grandchildren Licia Sorrentino, Anthony Zampino, Lindsey Meador and great-granddaughter Sophia Sorrentino all of Tulsa and his cat Buddy. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 19th 5:00-7:00 at Ninde Brookside Funeral Home.  Service will be held Friday, April 20th at 1:00 PM at First United Methodist Church with interment in Floral Haven Memorial Gardens.

Donations are requested for Disabled American Veterans at and Clarehouse of Tulsa at


Family will receive friends

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Ninde Brookside Funeral Home
3841 S. Peoria
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Funeral Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018
First United Methodist Church
1115 S. Boulder Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Final Resting Place

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018
Floral Haven Memorial Gardens
Arrow, Oklahoma, United States