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Class of '71 News
William Andrew "Bill" Caldwell
was born November 30, 1952 in Hazelton, PA to William
and Miriam Caldwell. After graduating from Nathan Hale High School
in Tulsa, he attended Oral Roberts University. Bill spent the years
of 1976-1982 as an ordained Youth Minister, mentoring young people
in their faith, teaching them about living out that faith in a life
of service and encouraging them through the challenges of
adolescence. Later, he attended the University of Tulsa College Of
Law and received his J.D. in 1986. When he graduated, he was Editor
in Chief of the Law Journal.
His professional accomplishments in the practice of
law were noteworthy and formidable, but his minister's heart was the
core of his being. The devotion that he poured into every
relationship will be his most enduring legacy.
To his wife, Debi, he gave 29 beautiful and
adventurous years full of laughter, kindness and friendship. To his
children, Drew, Whitney and Lauren, he gave wholeheartedly through
sacrifice and affirmation, never letting a day pass without
reminding them of their abundant potential. He coached many of their
sports teams, he knew how to play and hang out with them, and he
even became a second dad to many of their friends. Even while
practicing law and raising his family, Bill continued to minister by
giving countless hours as a volunteer youth worker, teaching,
planning amazing events and being a friend to kids. A lifetime of
family, friends and young people will remember Bill for the wisdom
that he brought into every conversation, the humility that he
offered each person who crossed his path and his faith in Christ
that impacted and shaped so many lives.
Bill is survived by: his loving wife, Debi Caldwell
and children, Drew Caldwell, Whitney Caldwell and Lauren Caldwell,
all of Tulsa. He is also survived by: his sister, Yvonne Simonds,
Tulsa; a nephew, Nathan Simonds and his family, Tulsa; his
parents-in-law, Cliff and Barbara Kuns; sister and brother-in-law,
Kelly and Donald Burton; and niece, Lindsay Burton; brother-in-law,
Scott Kuns, all of Tulsa; and numerous aunts and uncles in
Pennsylvania. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday,
November 17, 2004 at Redeemer Covenant Church in Tulsa, OK.
Ronald Adger Koepp,
born November 9th, 1952 passed away Wednesday October 8, 2008.
Ron was a talented
engineer designing and constructing retaining walls for residential
and commercial uses. Ron owned Tulsa Tie Scaping since 1975.
Ron is survived by: wife,
Debbie of 32 years; his children Ronnie, Heather, Kadie, Matthew;
first grandchild, Elijah; his parents, Bill and Mary Ann Koepp; his
brother, David; sister Kathy; and several nephews and nieces.
Ron graduated from Nathan
Hale High School where he earned a wrestling scholarship to
Claremore Junior College before attending OSU.
He enjoyed family and
friends, hunting, cooking and fishing in Mexico. Ron demonstrated
great leadership, friendship, and family tradition and most
importantly good stewardship, believing love and respect is not
achieved by words but by deeds. Service held Rose Hill Methodist
Church on Monday, October 13th and burial at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Robert Brent Gaddy,
born August 8, 1953, and passed away June 2, 2008.
After graduating from
Nathan Hale High School, Bobby moved to Atlanta where he became
a Cosmetologist and enjoyed a successful career working on a
celebrity clientele in Atlanta, Tulsa and Los Angeles. He
established an upper end table top store in Westport, CT, that
he owned for many years before moving to San Francisco where he
spent his final years.
The family would like
to give a special thanks to James Girard for having taken such
loving care of Brent during his final years of illness. He is
survived by: Mary Lind Braman, Dr. Henry F. Gaddy, Daniel Gaddy,
nieces and nephews.
Andrew Sartor, Jr. - 55, died suddenly April 6, 2008. He is
survived by his son, William Andrew Sartor III; his father, William
Andrew Sartor, Sr.; and his sister, Jan Sartor Smith.
received a bachelor of science in pharmacy from Southwestern
Oklahoma State; a master's of science in management from Abilene
Christian University; and a doctorate in osteopathy from Oklahoma
State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He retired from
medical practice in Seminole, OK.
Published in the Tulsa World on 4/8/2008.
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Dr. Richard Gregory Seal
54, passed from this life Wednesday, June 13, 2007 in Stillwater.
was born December 8, 1952 in Tulsa, OK, to Claude and Betty Seal. He
attended Nathan Hale High School, graduating in 1971.
He later attended Oklahoma
State University and graduated in 1977, with a Bachelor of Science
in Chemistry. He
graduated in 1980, from Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic
Medicine and Surgery. He
completed his internship at
Hillcrest Hospital in Oklahoma City, in 1981. He received his
certification in family practice in 1992 from The American Board of
Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Richard (Greg) was proud of
his country and served in the United State Marine Corps from 1972
until 1974. He loved sports and he loved to read. He had a family
practice in Perry for the past 25 years.
Private family service will
be held at a later time. You may pay your respects at the Palmer
Marler Carberry Funeral Home, 5106 N. Washington, Stillwater, by
signing the Memorial book.
He is survived by: his
wife, a daughter, his parents, a sister and brother-in-law and
numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers
memorials contributions may be made to the OSU Foundation or the
Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine.
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condolences are available at
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MCKINNEY-CURTIS, 53, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2006.
Pamela was born on December 22, 1952, to John
and Eleanor McKinney. She is survived by: her two children, husband,
mother, and brother, Larry.
She graduated from
Nathan Hale High School and attended University of Science and Art
of Oklahoma. She was an accomplished musician that attended The
Tanglewood Music Center. She was a professional costume designer,
working for American Theater Company for over 20
years and Tulsa
Community College for over 10 years, she also worked and was a
beloved member with the Tulsa Ballet and Opera. She loved traveling
to the beach and to the lake. She will be greatly missed. Service 1
p.m., Friday, November 10, at Holy Family Cathedral.
Published in the
I'll never forget the time
Jerri Wallin and I were late for school for some reason (can't
remember why now!), and we were going to park in the school parking lot.
Being as late as we were, there were very few spots left to park in.
I can't remember who was driving but we squeezed the car in a very narrow
parking space and found it was so tight we couldn't get the car doors open
to get out, to get to class. So...being the two smart blondes we
were back then, we just rolled down the windows and crawled out through
them. Hey, who needed doors?
Jerri died several years ago, but I love that memory with her. We
had so much fun. She was a hoot!
Paula Fenton-Shafer, Class
Paula originally submitted this story for the "Ranger Rides", online car
show page, March, 2006.
School Director Mitch Dittus, 50, dies
Tulsa World 2/22/03
Mitchell E. Dittus, executive director of Tulsa's Street School, died Thursday.
He was 50.
Mitch was born Feb. 7,
1953, in Loveland, CO. He graduated from Tulsa's Hale High School in
1971 and from Oklahoma State University in 1975. He received a
master's degree from OSU in 1978.
After college Mitch worked at Family Junction and Youth & Family Services. He took a
job at Street School, an alternative school for
at-risk youth in 1982. He became the school's director in 1995.
Street School received a
variety of awards during Mitch's tenure, and he and his predecessor, Rick
Palazzo, won the Jane Updyke-Walker Award from the Oklahoma Alternative
Education Association in 1998. In 1997, Mitch was awarded the
Special Issues Award from Oklahoma Youth Services
He served as president of
the United Way Executive Directors Association and was the Oklahoma Youth
Services First Time Offender committee chairman and a founding member of
the Oklahoma Alternative Education Association.
Mitch was a Jenks
Recreational Athletics soccer and baseball coach. He coached all
three of this children.
He is survived by his
wife, Lynette Whiteley-Dittus, Class of '73, two sons, a daughter, two brothers, Tom Dittus, Class of '76 and Jim Dittus, Class of
'79, and a sister, Julie Dittus-Forrester, Class of '72.
Christopher David Gardner was killed in a construction accident on
9/25/75. He was 22. He joined the Navy after high school and had recently
returned to Tulsa after his tour of duty. He was survived by his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Gardner; sisters Mrs. Diane Russell and Mrs. Sherryl
Wright; brothers Barry Gardner and Bill Gardner.
Submitted by sister, Diane
Gardner-Russell, Class of '68
Mark Leslie Kearney - Nathan Hale Grad 1971 - 47 years old died at his
home, Monday March 5, 2001. He was born December 4, 1952 to Clayton H.
Kearney and Beverly Jo Kearney. In 1971 he join the U.S. Air Force after
being drafted #1 in the military draft.
February 26, 1973 he married Susie
Greenleaf of New Mexico. Survivors include his wife, daughter and son-in-law,
brother Stephen Kearney, Class of 1967 and sister, Kathy Kearney-Baikie,
Class of 1968.
Interment is at the Fort Gibson National
Cemetery in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
Submitted by brother, Steve
Kearney, Class of '67
York-Wilson, age 51, passed away on September 26, 2004. She was
born in Tulsa, OK on July 4, 1953, the first child of Mary and Charles
York. She is survived by her husband and a son and daughter.
She is also survived by her mother and three brothers.
employed as a secretary in the Communications Department at Broken Arrow
Public Schools Education Service Center. She was actively involved
in PTA for several years and held offices at the local and state level.
Diagnosed with breast
cancer in 1994, she stayed active to the end. She loved reading,
camping, card games and time spent with family & friends.
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