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Bill Merritt Funeral Service

6201 Northwest 39Th Expressway, Bethany, OK

OBITUARY

Dennis Wayne Sober

November 5, 1955October 11, 2019
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Dennis Wayne Sober shuffled off this mortal coil and on to the next adventure on October 10, 2019. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Sober. He is survived by his partner of twenty-nine years Mary Steckline and their terriers, Joe and Max, his mother, Bertie Sober, his siblings and their children, Jan Colson with Lisa Williams, Rachel Castor, and Laura Holt and Don Sober with Patrick Flaherty, and many great nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Dennis was born to Frank and Bertie Sober in Oklahoma City on November 5, 1955. Growing up, it quickly became clear he had a sense of adventure, climbing cupboards and drawers, turning everyday items and furniture into daredevil equipment, resulting in many stitches. When he brought his first motorcycle home, his father told him to “get it out of here,” but the demand was followed up by a week of the two of them covered in grease fixing it. This spawned a love of motorcycles in him that persisted throughout his life. After graduating John Marshall High School, he went to work for the House of Kawasaki. He worked there for forty-four years and became a master mechanic. If he had wheels and a motor, he could turn anything into a form of transportation, including bar stools.

Dennis was very much like his father. If someone needed anything, he was ready to help, whether it was tools, funds, food, or hard labor. Nearly everyone that knew him has a story of when they were in a pinch and Dennis showed up like a knight to save the day, usually on his trusty Ninja bike. He had a prolific green thumb and kept acres of garden every year. Most of it was occupied by peppers. He was a pepper connoisseur. Anytime he showed up with a new pepper, you knew to get the milk out because it was going to be a hot night. Dennis would stand there and belly laugh while he munched on the same pepper without a tear or drink. Over the last few years, his daredevil streak got stronger. He was training to get on the game show Survivor, he juggled axes, and he started BMX biking. Again, many a stitch resulted. No one is sure if Dennis had more bikes or broken bones in his lifetime. No matter what he did, he threw himself into it with everything he had. He was a blessing to everyone he met and will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 19, 2019

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Matthew Stanfa

October 18, 2019

Dennis has always given me good and simple advice on so many different things since I have known him for the last 40 plus years.
There was a time I thought about a car purchase that was not needed but what I wanted and his advice was "why not!!??".
I took that advice to mean more than just buying things in life that I wanted to living life like I wanted.
I still hear that today.
Thanks Dennis.
RIP
Matthew Stanfa and family.

Susan Akers

October 16, 2019

Bertie and Frank at Randy’s on Oxford way.

Susan Akers

October 16, 2019

Dennis and Don Sober on Oxford Way with Randy Akers

Susan & Randy Akers

October 16, 2019

Our Best Man at our wedding in December 16, 1978

Susan Stubbs Akers Akers

October 16, 2019

Dennis was our Dear Friend and he was my favorite of Randy Akers Friends. He spent a lot of time with us both before we got married from 1976-1986 when we had to move to Texas for a job.
I have posted a story of our love for him and his kindness to us and my family as well. He had such a fun sense of humor as a young man working at The House of Kawasaki. He gave us a wedding gift unlike anything we received and it has stayed a funny and special memory for us that I still remember it today and would love to share this laugh and sentiment with you. Dennis bought us both matching leather belts that said Kawasaki and he also got both myself and Randy matching Hoodies/Sweatshirts that were Golden Yellow with Black lettering and read;
“Ye Tho I Ride Through the Valley Of Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Harley, I shall fear no Bike because my Kawasaki is the Baddest Son Of a Bitch in the whole damn Valley!” A bit racy but so funny and so Dennis so I wore it with love and pride.
Another sweet memory that I remember well is a icy night in the winter Of 1978 and we drove over to the T.G.&Y. Parking lot and did Donuts on the ice a few times and laughed so much! Afterwards we drove to McDonalds and all got Hot Chocolate. While waiting in line at the Drive Through, The new Hit Song by The Rolling Stones , “Under My Thumb” was playing on the Radio in Randy’s car and as usual, I was sitting on the center Console so Dennis reached over and placed his thumb on top of my head and sang that lyric to me , it was so fun to see him act corny. I loved him spending time with us.
When I was expecting my first baby boy I decided to name his Middle Name after Dennis, it would be Riley Wayne. One of my fondest pictures I have with him is very faded but it’s so special to me that I want to share it. He was sitting by me on the sofa and I had a baby bump and we were laughing about how this baby was going to be his namesake. This boy is now 37 . This is a picture I treasure

Susan & Randy Akers

October 12, 2019

Dennis was Randy Akers Best Friend all through school and I met him when I was 14. Dennis was my favorite friend of Randy’s and we shared a lot of laughs and love and special moments together as young adults. I named my firstborn Son after Dennis’s Middle Name and Dennis mussed and said,”aw don’t name the kid that.”’And we laughed. But I did, my baby was named Riley Wayne Akers. He is 37 now and Dennis was our Best Man at our wedding 41 years ago come this December 16. We moved away for a job but always loved Dennis and his Parents.
This stings my heart so much because he died on my 58th Birthday and I had just spoken to him at 9:45 the night before on Facebook. He has been messaging me and asking me how my knee replacement surgery was going and I looked forward to our brief chats and was hoping that we would see him for the holidays when I was more mobile. I know the sweetest side of Dennis and have seen him referree an argument between Randy and myself as a young married couple, I have seen him be loving over my growing belly with the son that would bare Dennis’s middle name, I have seen Dennis be so thoughtful to my Sister when she was newly divorced and left with three young kids and a broken lawn mower and he would drop by her house and mow her hip high grass and never take credit for the kind deed but I knew it was him! Especially when he told me he hit a glass jar in her tall grass and it “kinda cut his calf”! He also came by on Mother’s Day when I was at my Sisters house and he brought both us and our Mom all a single, long stem Red Rose! He was always the one making me laugh and I was the one riding on the center console between Randy driving and Dennis in the passenger seat. Once at a drive in he had a Cousin working there and Dennis presses the button to order and orders 3 Dr. Peckers and his Cousin sent out a Large Dr. Pepper with 3 hotdog Weiners in it! We all laughed so much back then! Dennis, we will always love you! Our Best Man ❤️❤️❤️

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