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Reed-Culver Funeral Home

117 West Delaware Street, Tahlequah, OK

OBITUARY

Dewayne Martin McMurtrey

January 15, 1959August 31, 2019
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Funeral services for Dewayne M. McMurtrey will be held on Friday, September 6th, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor David Isaacs officiating. His family will receive visitors on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 beginning at 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Reed-Culver Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Pallbearers include Kelvin Hale, Mark Whittington, Stephen McMurtrey, Tyler McMurtrey, Nathan Christie, and Nick Christie. Honorary pallbearers include Suezanne McMurtrey, Ryan McMurtrey, Kyle McMurtrey, Daniel Cochran, Paul Cochran, and Matt Cochran.

Dewayne Martin McMurtrey was born on Thursday, January 15th, 1959 in Topeka, KS, the son of Herman Ray and Retta Sue (Duncan) McMurtrey. He grew up with two sisters, Debra and Diane. He graduated Stilwell High School in 1977 and then obtained his Bachelor's degree from Northeastern State University. He had one son Stephen McMurtrey from his first marriage. He married Susan Hale and together they raised a family of one daughter Suezanne. He made his living as an Electrical Engineer working for the FAA, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. He was always working for his children, coaching baseball and soccer for his son and his daughter’s softball team for over 8 years. In one of his more recent past times he enjoyed throwing knives with his daughter. He loved the great outdoors, and there you could find him hunting, going on hunting trips with his father and son, smoking meat or planning an outdoor BBQ. He enjoyed studying, some of his favorite subjects being calligraphy, Spanish and Greek language, and of course, his Bible which he read from cover to cover twice over the past year. He loved OU football, playing board games with his family, bowling, and the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance with Suezanne. He was always happy just to spend quality time at home with his family, they were his pride and joy. A Christian by faith, he attended the Bethel Community Church. The Lord called this good and faithful servant home from his labors on Saturday, August 31st, 2019 in Sallisaw, OK with his loved ones close by. He was 60 years old and will not be forgotten soon.

He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and his grandparents.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Susan McMurtrey of the Yukon, OK, and his children, Stephen Dewayne McMurtrey and wife Mary of Sapulpa, OK, and Suezanne Marie McMurtrey of Yukon, OK. He leaves his two sisters, Debra Christie of Vian, OK, and Diane Cochran and husband Rex of Harrison, AR. He lives on in his three grandsons, Tyler James McMurtrey, Ryan Parker McMurtrey and Kyle Brayden McMurtrey, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kevin Hale
  • Mark Whittington
  • Stephen McMurtrey
  • Tyler McMurtrey
  • Nathan Christie
  • Nick Christie
  • Ryan McMurtrey, Honorary
  • Kyle McMurtrey, Honorary
  • Daniel Cochran, Honorary
  • Paul Cochran, Honorary
  • Matt Cochran, Honorary
  • Suezanne McMurtrey, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 6, 2019

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Kelvin Hale

September 4, 2019

My sincere condolences to Dewayne’s wonderful family. It was a privilege for me to know Dewayne for nearly 30 years. He was a friend, sometimes a coworker, and a guy who always worked hard and enjoyed life. Sad to say goodbye to Dewayne, but what a good life he lived.

Rick Baker

September 4, 2019

Dewayne was a friend and colleague of mine for over 13 years. His knowledge, expertise, and humor will be greatly missed. May God's love and comfort be with all of you.

Karen Perkins

September 4, 2019

Prayers for comfort during this time. Dewayne was a co-worker. We had many laughs about various topics. Always enjoyed talking with him. He will be missed.

Susan McMurtrey

September 4, 2019

Susan McMurtrey

September 4, 2019

Susan McMurtrey

September 4, 2019

Susan McMurtrey

September 4, 2019

Darla Stevenson

September 4, 2019

Prayers for all of you, Dewayne was a great guy and a wonderful co-worker. I've known him for a long time. At least 19 years. Much love and prayers for comfort.

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