- Ada, Oklahoma

May 13, 2014

Robbie Dale Sherrell

Ada — Services for Robbie Dale Sherrell, 78, of Ada, are at 1 p.m. today at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. Bud Ross will officiate. Burial will follow at East Hill Cemetery in Roff. 

Mr. Sherrell died Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Ada.

He was born Oct. 22, 1935, in Fittstown to Jim and Katie Rubrecht Sherrell. He graduated from Stonewall High School and continued his education and graduated from East Central University.

Robbie went to work for the Hartford Insurance Company and lived in Ada, Moore and Chicago. When International Telephone and Telegraph purchased Hartford, Robbie was transferred to London, England, where he lived and worked for eight years.

Robbie left ITT/Hartford when recruited by Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, where he served as the first American president for the company. He left ICBC in 1980 and moved back to Stratford, where he lived on his cattle ranch. He then purchased and renovated the Brockway Glass Plant in Ada and formed the ICON Center, an industrial park, and the first international trade zone in Ada. Robbie sold the ICON to the Chickasaw Nation and finally retired to his ranch south of Ada.

Survivors include three daughters, Angie Sherrell of Houston, Texas, Liz Sherrell Gunn of San Ramon, Calif., and Shayna Sherrell of Ada; a brother, Billy Sherrell and his wife, Marie, of Moore; sisters-in-law, Juanita Sherrell and Faye Sherrell, both of Ada; several nieces and nephews, including a special relationship with nephew Wendell Sherrell and his wife, Sharon; and many other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Denzel (Pete) Sherrell and James Sherrell; and a sister, Juanita (Sis) Owen and her husband, Raymond.

Bearers will be D. E. Sherrell, T. W. Estes, Wayne Allison, Little Robbie Sherrell, Jon Sherrell and Roger Owen. Honorary bearers will be Dick Myers and Bob Geismer.

The family says those who wish may make memorials to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Alzheimer’s Research, 825 N.E. 13th, Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5097.