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TAHLEQUAH – Mass of Christian burial for Edward Wayne DeHaas will be held on Friday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at St. Brigid Catholic Church with Father Leo Ahanotu officiating. Rosary was held on Thursday, May 28 at Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment will be held at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com. Pallbearers for Eddie include his grandsons: Jude DeHaas, Vincent DeHaas, Brennan Guillory, Tyler Guillory, Michael DeHaas and Justin Guillory. Honorary Pallbearers include Jakob Gordon, Tate Randolph, and Aiden Hahn. Edward “Eddie” Wayne DeHaas was born on Nov. 8, 1951, in Cushing, the son of Harry Mason and Grace Elizabeth (Lee) DeHaas. He graduated from Garber High School in 1970. Eddie decided on a career in central heat and air as a service technician. He graduated from Oklahoma State Tech in 1972. He married the love of his life, Mary Cecile Stratton, on Nov. 25, 1972, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Okmulgee. Together they raised their six beautiful daughters, Karyn, Jennifer, Erica, Kelley, Jessica, and Elizabeth. Eddie was a proud dad of his daughters, and took great pride in all their accomplishments. He was kept busy following the exploits of 15 adored children. For 42 years, Eddie worked at TD Industries of Dallas, Texas, and raised his family in Lewisville, Texas. He was very accomplished at his trade, and worked hard to please his clients. Whenever he had free time, Eddie loved hunting, especially deer hunting. He liked camping outdoors and hiking in the woods. He was blessed with a witty sense of humor, and loved to play pranks on his friends and family, a true kid at heart. He was happy when tinkering on anything mechanical and using his inventive creativity to make things work. He was loving and thoughtful, and enjoyed time spent with Mary and family and friends. The family returned to the Tahlequah area to enjoy retirement in 2015. Eddie went home to his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Tahlequah, with his family by his side. Eddie was 63 years old. He will be greatly missed for all the love he showed his family and his many friends over the years. Eddie is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Karyn Guillory of Lewisville, Texas; and his grandparents. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Mary of the home in Tahlequah; five daughters, Jennifer Vinson and husband Jerry of White House, Texas, Erica DeHaas of Lewisville, Texas, Kelley DeHaas of Wylie, Texas, Jessica DeHaas of Lewisville, Texas, and Elizabeth Hahn and husband Christopher of Lewisville, Texas. He leaves his son-in-law, Raymond Guillory of Lewisville, Texas and one brother, Orville DeHaas and wife Sherri of Perry. Eddies legacy in life lives on in his 15 grandchildren, as well as a host of friends and loved ones. Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.
Published on  May 29, 2015
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