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Leroy Rudisell


Leroy Rudisell of Tecumseh, OK, died Feb. 27, 2019. He often said that the priorities of his love were God first, then family and then country.

He was born Oct. 5, 1925, to Roy and Mary Rudisell. He and his sisters were raised by his mom with little to nothing, but she always relied on the Lord to provide and protect which He faithfully did. Mr. Rudisell received Christ as his personal Savior at an early age. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Tecumseh.

After attending Hominy High School, he worked to help support his mom. He was drafted at age 19 and served in World War II. His assignments included Infantry Basic Training (Pvt), Rifleman (Pvt), and Light Mortar Crewman (Sgt). Decorations included Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon and two Overseas Service Bars.

After his military discharge, he met the love of his life. He married Bea Cathey on Oct. 5, 1947. He would often be heard coming up to Bea saying "Have I told you I love you today?" or "I don't think I've had my kiss today." Their favorite song to sing to each other was the chorus of "You are my sunshine." And they always said "Now I lay me down to sleep" together every night.

Mr. Rudisell worked 45 years for Stanlin Oil Co., which later became Amoco Oil Co. On the pipeline, he was known as Rudy. He retired as a tech forman in 1989. After retirement, he and his wife took off in their travel trailer, spending time fishing and seeing different parts of the US. He loved spending time with his three granddaughters and in later years with all six of his great-grandchildren. Family was his delight and he called each one "precious."

Preceding him in death were his father, Roy Rudisell; his mother, Mary Rudisell; his brother, Eddie; and sister, Mildred Richardson.

He is survived by his wife Bea Rudisell; daughter Sharon Freeman and husband Jack of Lawton; son John Rudisell of Tecumseh; his grandchildren, Jamie Clarke and husband Hayden of Frsico, TX, Leslie Hamby and husband Matt of Tuttle, Erin Wonder and husband Jason of Henrietta, TX; great grandchildren, Davis and Devyn Cullen (and their father Bill Cullen) of Frisco, TX, Lily and Lyndi Hamby of Tuttle and Charlie and Stella Wonder of Henrietta, TX. He is also survived by a sister, Helen Lampkin of Jenks; 2 nieces, Pam Richardson of Tulsa and Janie Fritch ofGlenpool; and nephew Jeff Richardson of Tulsa.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home in Tecumseh. Services will be at 2 pm today (Thursday) at First Baptist Church of Tecumseh, followed by military honors at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Baptist Church for their building fund in remembrance of Leroy Rudisell. The address is 301 S. Broadway, Tecumseh, OK 74873.


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