OBITUARY

James D Funnell, M.D.

August 24, 1930October 12, 2017

The family of Dr. Funnell will be greeting visitors at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 17th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Dr. Funnell was born in Corydon, Iowa to Joseph W. Funnell and Alice Kelso Funnell. He spent his early years like many farm boys, riding a horse every day and doing chores around the farm. During World War II his family moved to San Diego, California. After finishing high school in San Diego, he worked his way through college, graduating with a degree in Zoology from San Diego State University, and a degree in Pharmacology from the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Funnell entered the U. S. Air Force, and ultimately became a squadron commander in the medical corp. at the SAC Base in Goose Bay, Labrador. During this time, he met the Air Force nurse who became the love of his life, Loyce. Dr. Funnell and Loyce were married in 1955, and went on to have three sons, James, Jr. (Sally), William, and Richard (Susan) and three grandchildren, James R, Charlotte, and Jim, III. After serving in the Air Force, Dr. Funnell graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1960. He went into private practice in Oklahoma City with his uncle, Dr. Joseph Kelso, and his brother, Dr. Joseph Funnell, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology with a focus on infertility and high risk obstetrics. Following the deaths of his brother and his uncle, he partnered with Dr. Tony Puckett and Dr. Gary Strebel with whom he shared a practice during which time they mentored countless medical students at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Funnell practiced primarily at Mercy Hospital in downtown Oklahoma City and served on their board for years. As a board member and practicing physician he was instrumental in supporting the building of the new Mercy Health Center in northwest Oklahoma City. During the five decades that Dr. Funnell practiced medicine in Oklahoma City, he was active in advancing the practice of medicine throughout the State, serving as the President of the Oklahoma County Medical Association, and later as President of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. In 1996, he was honored by the University of Oklahoma Medical Alumni Association as the Oklahoma Private Practice Physician of the year. Dr. Funnell was an active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City since the 1950's, serving on its Board of Trustees for many years. In the late 1970s he led a church medical team into the mountains of Bolivia. Dr. Funnell was active as an adult leader in Boy Scouting, seeing each of his three sons attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He also later saw his two grandsons attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Dr. Funnell also served as a team physician at McGuinness High School for 15 years. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 18th at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of Dr. Funnell to the Mercy Health Foundation, or to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Memories

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Duke HIMMELREICH

October 31, 2017

My sympathy to all the Funnell family

Leslie R. Johnson

October 18, 2017

I met Dr Funnell later in life, but It didn't take long to know that he had an old and kind soul. He and Loyce treated me like family from day one. I truly am honored to have known him!

James Askins

October 18, 2017

A good friend and wonderful neighbor. He is in a better place now.

Traci Kelly

October 18, 2017

I had the privilege and the pleasure of working with Dr. Funnell for a few years. He was the kindest, sweetest soul I have ever known. He truly cared for his patients and employees and that compassion never faltered.

He always talked about the love he had for his wife and children and was truly a blessing. He had the best stories, especially those of his fishing trips to Alaska. He always had a smile on his face no matter what and his passion in caring for others was not only for physical health, but spiritual and emotional as well. He had the best laugh and laughed with his whole heart. He gave the best advise and would always listen to your troubles with his full attention.

I will never forget my time spent with Dr. Funnell. I have great memories that I will forever cherish.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. Blessings to you all.

Angela Jameson (Harding)

October 18, 2017

You will be missed. God bless you and your loved ones

priscilla west

October 17, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Funnell passinhg. He helped delivered our son. If it had not been for him I would have lost my son. I am so grateful for him. He was our doctor for our daughter. Would have delivered her except his brother had just died. I can not express my appreciation for his skills and caring devotions to his profession.

Patrick Hyde

October 17, 2017

My heart goes out to the family:
Loyce, and my 3 life-long friends, Jim, Bill, and Rich.
Thanks to the Good Doctor, and his sons' many trips to Alaska; I, and many others feasted on THE FINEST halibut anyone has EVER tasted!
THAT! And all I know is Doc told one heck of a
"Shaggy Dog Story!"

Bertha Thomas

October 17, 2017

Dr. Funnell was a great doctor and saw me through some tough times! May the Lord be with you in this time of sorrow!

Bertha Thomas

October 17, 2017

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of the love of your life. Remembering your great love story today and always.

Paul Hawkins

October 15, 2017

God bless Doc's family. He was a good man.

FROM THE FAMILY