Owen G. Lecklider
August 17, 1949 – June 20, 2020
On June 20th, 2020, the day before Father’s Day, Owen G. Lecklider passed away peacefully at his home in Norman, OK and ran joyfully into the arms of his Heavenly Father.
Owen was born on August 17th, 1949 in Tucson, Arizona to Owen Harding and Arlene Jenett (Valentine) Lecklider.
Although he lived in many places throughout his life, he always thought of Norman as his home. He was a Sooner fan through and through, proud to strut his crimson and cream and talk football with whoever would listen. He was a proud, longtime patron of Ozzie’s Diner at the Max Westheimer Airport, where he loved to nosh on their chicken and dumplings. An avid outdoorsman, you could be sure to find him spending his weekends at the gun range or fishing at Lake Thunderbird.
Whether gathered in his living room on Christmas Day, the easy notes of Kenny G’s holiday album tinkling around them, drinking coffee on the deck of his vacation home on Lake Texoma, or making Mickey Mouse pancakes for his grandchildren, family was always Owen’s greatest joy.
Owen’s friendships were very important to him as well, and he could often be heard saying “you don’t have to be blood to be family.”
As a young family man, Owen explored many different career paths. He managed a department store photo shop which led to his love for photography. He also spent time as an entrepreneur, running his own backhoe service. He eventually found his niche in construction and spent most of his adult life working as an estimator/project manager, developing land all over the Oklahoma City Metro.
Owen was proceeded in death by his wife, Tammy Jo Lecklider; his father, Owen Harding Lecklider; one brother, Murray Lecklider; and two sisters, Cae Hamilton and Linda Jones.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Arlene and John Kateen of Atlanta, Georgia; three daughters and their spouses, Cerri Lynn and Randall Griffin of Moore; Tonya Leigh and Lonnie Ramsey of Norman; and Sarah Cathleen and Shiloh Veal of Illinois; one son, Austin Joseph Lecklider of the home; nine grandchildren, Erica Spears, Brooke Ramsey, Paul DeGraffenreid, Cameron Ramsey, Elaina Russell, Zoe Peterson, Ethan Peterson, Leah Peterson, and Shiloh Veal; six greatgrandchildren; one sister-in-law, Suzanne Alfrey of Ohio; three brothers-in-law, Ray Jones of Georgia; Lowell A. Osborne and his wife Patricia of Ohio; Micheal Osborne of Ohio, and their families; and many other beloved relatives and friends.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Owen G. Lecklider will be held at 10 AM on Friday, June 26th in the chapel at Primrose Funeral Home in Norman.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to The National Kidney Foundation in Owen’s name.
- The National Kidney Foundation
Friday, June 26, 2020
Owen G. Lecklider
June 25, 2020
Owen you're a great father , husband
and a great man,to many memories to share ,alot of good times together.I will miss you brother rip tell Tammy we said hello❤
Janice (Kennedy) Simms
June 24, 2020
I remember playing with Galen, Murray, and Cae, Jill and Jack Tarver when we were kids. Mom and Dad ( Louis & Kathryn Kennedy) would play cards with Arlesa and JD Tarver at their farm. We had such fun.
My deepest sympathy to the family. May your memories bring peace and comfort during this time with the loss of your loved one.