Bill Merritt Funeral Service

6201 Northwest 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK


Gary E. DeLaughter

April 21, 1947May 3, 2020

Gary E. DeLaughter passed away on May 3, 2020 in his home at the age of 73. Gary was born on April 21, 1947 in Oklahoma City to P. J. and Ruedean Langford DeLaughter. Gary lived in OKC all his life, he served in the US Army from 1967 to 1973 and was an electronic technician at Lucent Technologies for 30 years retiring about 2015. He loved his family and his 3 granddogs, Butler, Jaxson and Zoey. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Michael DeLaughter and is survived by his wife of almost 15 years, Leona, daughter, Jennifer Penner and husband, Mike, 3 grandchildren, Jordan Bruce, Ella Bruce and Evan Bruce all of OKC, nephew, Michael DeLaughter II, his wife, Brittany and their son, Nick of Sikeston, MO and many friends.


  • Graveside Services

    Friday, May 8, 2020


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Jeanette Russell

May 8, 2020

As I am sitting here watching your service, I wanted to share my memories of the time we shared together. Gary, you came into our lives and saved us. I don't know if you really ever understood that. You took my brother Christopher and myself under your wing and treated us as if we were your own. I listened to one of your grandchildren's loving tribute of how you always attended every activity every sport every school function. You were that to me as well. All my memories were of you taking me to soccer practice and games, encouraging me to play softball even though I choked every time I went to bat. We would work for hours on end on my batting skills and i just still plain sucked at it. :-) You were the parent. It seems strange but I always say that during that whole period of time you were our father, that I don't remember my mom being around. You took us everywhere, you cooked dinner, you taught me how to plant a garden. I also remember all the times spent with Mama Lois and Rueden. I learned how to crochet and loved all of the time we spent with your side of the family. You were a father when mine didn't want to be. I learned my love of big Christmas Eve gatherings from your family. Thank you for all of the nights when I felt sick that you took care of me or all the times I had nightmares that you sat with me and read me books until I fell asleep. Thank you for endless days where you would do my homework with me. Thank you for not letting that evil dentist pull 6 of my teeth out to get braces! (I didn't even need braces!) Thank you for not getting mad at me when I stuffed about 22 peanut butter & Jelly sandwiches inside one of your antique radios. All you said was "just tell us you don't like them". So many good memories. I am sorry it took me so many years to finally find you again. I tried for several years until I came across the FB account. Thank goodness for FB. Christopher is there right now with me on Face time, Love You, Jeanette

Becky Roark

May 8, 2020

Uncle Gary blessed this family with his kind heart and love and we will always remember the good times spent visiting and enjoying our time together. Thoughts and prayers for Aunt Leona and the family.

Becky, Colt, Abby and Lucas

Jack DeLaughter

May 7, 2020

Gary was my cousin . We grew up together in Oklahoma City. His Dad P J DeLaughter would load up Gary, Mike his little brother and me and we would go on hunting , fishing, and took camping trips all over Eastern Oklahoma. We had so much fun. Gary was a kind hearted soul and was very smart. He worked at Western Electric on Reno in Oklahoma City for many years. The delight of his life was Leona Roark and her family. On the Friday before he passed I made a trip from Tulsa to see Gary with my sister Arlene who babysit Gary when they were little and my brother Robert. We had a chance to pray with Gary and Leona and was able to ask Gary if he had Jesus in his heart. He replied yes ! So tomorrow we celebrate Gary's life on earth and say good bye. He is living today in Heaven. Thank You Jesus.
Jack DeLaughter

Leah Jackson

May 5, 2020

So sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you Leona. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.


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