Robert Lee Shanks

May 14, 1956 - January 04, 2022

Robert Lee Shanks

May 14, 1956 - January 04, 2022


Robert was born on May 14, 1956, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to loving parents, Robert Lee Sr. and June Shanks, both preceding him in death. Robert attended Langston University’s elementary school and later graduated from Boley High School in 1974. After high school, Robert attended welding school where he obtained his certification. He was employed with L.E. Rader and later, the Tulsa Boys’ Home.

Robert’s first marriage was blessed with 5 children: sons, Dion Shanks, Robert Shanks III, Ty’re Shanks, Landon Shanks-CC Brooks, and daughter, Melisha Calvert. In 2002, Robert married Laura Sphar-Shanks. Robert’s kind heart accepted Laura’s daughter, Shannon Strube, as his own.

Robert enjoyed volunteering his time to his church. He genuinely loved helping people anyway that he could and belonged to the Good Samaritan Health Services Clinic. He also loved cooking, having BBQs, listening to jazz,  and more than anything, spending time with his friends and family. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Laura Sphar-Shanks, children: Dion (Markesha) Shanks, Robert Shanks III, Ty’re Shanks, Landon Shanks –CC Brooks, Melisha Calvert, and Shannon Strube (Darrick); brother, Stefon (Paula) Shanks, sisters, Kydria Stewart and Natasha (Ron) Ingram, grandchildren,  D’yan Shanks, Le’Deysia Shanks, Izayaih M. Shanks, Kayla R. Shanks, Josiah Calvert, Langston Calvert and Desmond Strube, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


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8 responses to Robert Lee Shanks

  1. We would like to send our condolences to the Shanks family in their loss.  May God comfort you and keep you during this time.

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