Richard Otis Do­drill

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Richard Otis Do­drill passed from this life on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13,

2017 sur­rounded by fam­ily in Still­wa­ter.

Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to the care of

Palmer Mar­ler Funeral Home of Cush­ing.

A funeral ser­vice will be held on Tues­day, Septem­ber 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. In­ter­ment will fol­low at Car­ney Ceme­tery.

Richard was born on Fe­bru­ary 9, 1936 to Richard R. and Opal (Collins) Do­drill in Spring­field, MO. Grow­ing up, Richard at­tended school in Mis­souri, Ok­la­homa, and Cal­i­for­nia. After grad­u­at­ing from high school in Court­land, Cal­i­for­nia, Richard joined the United States Navy in 1954. He served hon­or­ably dur­ing the Korean Con­flict as 2nd Class Dam­age Con­trol. Richard was hon­or­ably dis­charged in Fe­bru­ary of 1962. He mar­ried Norma Jean Ste­wart on Oc­to­ber 30, 1957 and had two chil­dren: Deb­ora and Dora. They spent many lov­ing years to­gether be­fore her pass­ing on May 28, 1983. Richard mar­ried a se­cond time to Melba Faye Gaz­a­way on May 19, 1984 and spent 33 years be­fore her pass­ing in May of this year.

Richard had a love for knowl­edge and learn­ing. He at­tended Fresno City Col­lege and ma­jored in Busi­ness Man­age­ment. He also took nu­mer­ous cour­ses at Vo-Tech in Tulsa, Sa­pulpa, and Drum­right, while work­ing for the city of Tulsa and the state of Ok­la­homa. Richard worked many jobs through­out his life. He served as a ser­vice sta­tion man­ager, honey plant man­ager, bee keeper, el­e­va­tor me­chanic, Tulsa el­e­va­tor in­spec­tor. He had his own shoe re­pair and an­tique shop. He worked as an elec­tri­cian for over 30 years for the State of Ok­la­homa in main­te­nance un­til he re­tired. In the evenings, Richard taught classes at Tulsa Jr. Col­lege and OSU in Tulsa. At the age of 70, Richard worked for F.E.M.A and the city of Cush­ing, so he could help oth­ers. Most of Richards's life was spent work­ing two full-time jobs.

Richards was a col­lec­tor of al­most every­thing. After re­tir­ing, Richard opened up a mu­seum in 2000 in Cush­ing, OK, where he dis­played rocks, min­er­als, fos­sils, antiques, oil­field equip­ment, early day Cush­ing mem­o­ra­bilia, and In­dian ar­ti­facts.

Richard was born and raised Pen­te­costal and stayed in church his whole life. He held nu­mer­ous of­fices in the church ex­cept pas­tor, over the years. He be­lieved in be­ing the best Chris­tian he could be and loved serv­ing the Lord. Also, he spent many hours teach­ing Bible study cour­ses.

Richard loved fam­ily, the Lord, life, telling oth­ers how great Christ is, and look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the Lord in the air.

Richard is pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, wives Norma Jean and Melba, half sis­ter DarDeena, Dar­line, David, sis­ters Betty and Chris­tine.

He is sur­vived by his daugh­ter Deb­ora Jean Do­drill “Goat­head”; brother, Regi­nald Do­drill; half brothers, Dwellin and Daniel Do­drill; sis­ters, Re­becca Daffin­rud and hus­band, Ed, and Opal Do­drill; grand­chil­dren, Charles An­drews and wife, Jamie, Miles Ply­male, Josh Baker and wife, Jer­ica, Katy Lol­lis and hus­band, Spencer; four great grand­chil­dren, Isaac, Bryson, Brit­tan, and Bray­den.

Con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily via an on­line guest­book at www. palmer­mar­lerfh.com.

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