Dewayne "Champ"'s Story
Funeral services for Dewayne D. Arteberry will be held on Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Park Hill Baptist Church with Pastor Robert Hogner officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at Reed-Culver Funeral home from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. His final resting place will be in Warner Oklahoma, at the Warner Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com
Pallbearers for Dewayne include Mike Wilcox, George Jones, Don Donnell, Thomas Sanco, Zachery Arteberry, Matthew Arteberry, Blain Wilkey, and Clay Thompson.
Dewayne D. Arteberry was born on September 23rd, 1937, in Checotah, OK, the son of Leonard L. and Oma Glenna (Duncan) Arteberry. Dewayne was raised with his brother, James, on the family dairy farm in Checotah. He graduated from Checotah High School in 1956, where he served as manager for both the football and basketball teams and was a Jr. Master Farmer. On May 15th, 1960, he married the love of his life and his best friend, Mary Ellen Voss, at the First Baptist Church of Checotah, OK. This union was blessed with three children, Cindy, Mitchell, and Carmen, and 57 years of happiness and memories. He worked as a retail lumber sales associate for Sutherlands, serving in Wichita, Kansas City, Tulsa, and finally Midwest City. He loved his job and adored being around people. His friends there nicknamed him Champ, as he was a champion at pitching lumber. After retiring, he began a second job at Reed-Culver Funeral Home doing maintenance and yard work. Also after retiring, he and Mary finally got to do a little traveling, and Dewayne finally made it to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, where he spent an entire day marveling at space and flight.
If you had five minutes, Dewayne would fill it with advice, humor, and wit and make your day a whole lot better. He was always up for a conversation about classic cars and the Bible, and he was well-versed in both. For 20 years, he alone understood the delicacies of starting his pickup with a screwdriver he kept in his pocket. Wherever he went, he made friends with his warm smile and easy-going attitude.
Dewayne set the standard in everything he did and was the anchor of his family. He will always be our example of unconditional love, patience, perseverance, integrity, and quiet strength. He loved being with his kids and grandkids, who called him Pawpaw. Pawpaw never missed a chance to give a wagon ride, hide Easter eggs, take a truck full of grandkids to the creek for a swim, hand-crank a bucket of homemade ice cream, or teach you and then beat you at a game of dominos, checkers, or Phase 10. He loved to laugh, and he never parted from his family and friends without saying dont take any wooden nickels or Im so glad you got to see me!
Dewayne was a faithful servant of the Lord, and served Him all the days of his life. He took time daily to read from the Bible and never missed a chance to share his love of the Lord with anyone and everyone. When his health began to fail, Dewayne never complained. He was happy with whatever came his way, as long as he had the love of the Lord and his family. He battled illness and carried on to the best of his abilities, always with patience and humor. The Lord called this good and faithful servant home from his earthly labors on January 31st, 2018 at his home surrounded by family. He was 80 years old. The world is a better place for the man we remember for all his very special qualities, and the love he shared unconditionally.
He is preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Tom and Jessie Duncan. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Mary Ellen, of the home in Tahlequah. He leaves his children, Cindy Wilkey and husband Curtis of Checotah, Mitchell Arteberry and wife Peggy of McAlester, and Carmen Thompson and husband Lloyd of Tahlequah. His mother, Oma Arteberry lives at Checotah along with his brother, James L. Arteberry. Dewayne lives on in his eight grand and eight great grandchildren, Sarah Gordon and husband Delton of Stillwater, Zachery Arteberry and companion Betty of Durant, Blaine Wilkey and fiancé Lorena Matlock of Oklahoma City, Matthew Arteberry of McAlester, Lacey Arteberry also of McAlester, Emily Myers and companion Joseph Castro of Tahlequah, Clay Thompson, and Olivia Thompson all of Tahlequah. His great grandchildren include Cristopher Scott, Myla Wilkey, Aspen Maple, Kylee Maple, Lucas Castro, Evan Gordon, Erica Bayles, and Elric Arteberry, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends and loved ones too numerous to mention.
Published on February 2, 2018