Founder, Bob “Mister Robert” Calonkey

Founder, Bob “Mister Robert” Calonkey

Over the past 60 years, the City of Norman has experienced immense growth and development as it has moved into the 21st century. New buildings, public works, developments, and businesses have made Norman a modern and thriving city. If you were to drive down Norman’s historic Main Street today, it would look drastically different from its humble beginnings in years past.

One thing that has remained constant over the past 60 years, however, is the Mister Roberts Fine Furniture storefront and their ever present American Flags. This July 4th, we would like to honor the brave men and women who fought for our freedom by telling the story of our founder, Bob “Mister Robert” Calonkey, and his service.

Bob entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and proudly served as a cryptographer for General Douglas MacArthur during the Second World War.  For his service, he was awarded the Southwest Pacific Medal with three battle stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two battle stars, Japanese Occupation Medal, and the Republic of the Philippines Presidential Citation. After the war, he attended The University of Oklahoma, where he met Sara Jean Landsaw. The couple married and eventually opened Mister Robert Fine Furniture in downtown Norman.

Never forgetting his service to the United States of America, Bob dutifully insisted that Mister Robert Fine Furniture fly the American Flag year round. For the past 60 years, Mister Robert has honored the wishes of its founder by maintaining this patriotic tradition. To this day, we are proud of our founder’s service and the service of those who have sacrificed for this country.