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Oliver Robert 'Rob' Barris, III

August 7, 1957 – October 6, 2018

Oliver Robert (Rob) Barris, III passed away on October 6, 2018, in Tulsa. He was born on August 7, 1957, to Oliver Robert Barris Sr. and Norma Barris (Wiggs). He was very proud to have been born and raised in Okmulgee and spent his adult life serving the community. He graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1975, the University of Oklahoma in 1979 with a degree in Political Science and then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from OU in 1982.

While at OU, he met the love of his life, Holly (Rose). They were married in Tulsa on August 7, 1982. His entire career was spent working for the people of Oklahoma as a gifted and dedicated prosecutor. He spent most of his career in the District 25 District Attorney's Office representing the people of Okmulgee and McIntosh counties. During his career he successfully prosecuted numerous high-profile cases. Twice he was chosen by his peers as Outstanding Prosecutor in the state of Oklahoma. He was unopposed for 3 terms as District Attorney of District 25.

He served his community in other ways throughout his life. He was an active member of First Baptist Church, Okmulgee where he taught Sunday school for 28 years. Rob proudly served as a Gideon. His faith in Christ is the foundation upon which he built his life.

He is survived by his wife Holly, of the home; a daughter, Jennifer and husband Jeremiah, of Kiefer; his sister-in-law, Carol Brumbaugh; brother-in-law, George Rose and wife Karen; and his mother-in-law, Margaret Rose Guckes. He is also survived by niece, Jill Deutscher and husband Brad; nephew, Jeff Stephens and wife Teresa; niece, Georgianne Tokarcik and husband Troy; nephew, Bradley Rose and wife Eden; and great-nephews and nieces. He is welcomed in heaven by his parents, Bob and Norma Barris; his brother-in-law Bill Brumbaugh; and his beloved son Tyler.

Rob lived a dedicated life in service to his community. He leaves behind a host of friends and professional colleagues who were considered his family. He was proud to serve alongside some of the finest law enforcement officers in Oklahoma. Those who knew Rob were fortunate, for men of his professional and personal caliber are few.

The family will be greeting friends and colleagues from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Thursday October 11, 2018, at First Baptist Church, 311 West 5th Street in Okmulgee. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Interment will take place at Okmulgee Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Gideon's International.

Arrangements are entrusted to Schaudt's Okmulgee Funeral Service. Family and friends may send memories and condolences to the family, online at

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