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Joseph L. Scrivner, 86, died at home in Hulbert, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 26. He was born Sept. 6, 1930, in Bristow, Okla., the son of Frank A. Scrivner and Mary Ann Dunham Scrivner, and raised by his grandparents, William Henry Dunham and Nellie McIntosh Dunham on their farm north of Bristow. He subsequently went to school in Jenks, Okla., and in the 10th grade moved to Fresno, Calif., and graduated in 1948 from Roosevelt High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and, during the Korean War, was stationed with the 19th Bomb Group in Okinawa. During his 22 months there, he flew 11 combat missions over North Korea serving as a radar jammer operator on B-29s. Following his honorable discharge as staff sergeant, he enrolled at Fresno State College majoring in psychology.

While in college, he began Jungian analysis with Dr. Edward Tenny and, after graduation cum laude, he attended Claremont Graduate School studying psychology and continuing Jungian analysis with Dr. James Kirsch of Beverly Hills. Following graduate school, he worked as a counselor at Boys Republic in Chino, Calif. In 1964, he became a counseling supervisor at a youth training and employment project in South Central Los Angeles and also attended graduate school at Los Angeles State University.

In 1971, he returned to Jenks and met and later married his wife Mary Lawson. He was employed by Mid-Western Nursery in Tahlequah and attended Northeastern State University Graduate School. In 1988, he was employed by the YWCA in Tulsa as a job developer for Vietnamese refugees. Following a brief retirement, he worked in Tulsa United Way for several years, retiring in 2000 at the age of 70. He continued living south of Hulbert.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one stepson. He is survived by his half-brother, Ken Frailey and his wife Elaine of Park Hill; his sister, Lucille Turner of Fresno; stepson, Craig Norton of Coweta; and stepdaughters, Cindy Hynes of Tulsa and Pam Smith of Glenpool; and also by his son, Joseph Scrivner of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Joe Scrivner was active in community service. He worked on two congressional campaigns and was a candidate for a school board in California, and was a member of social worker groups. He was past Grand Master of the Hulbert International Order of Odd Fellows, a member of the interfaith association of ministries, volunteered at the food pantry, and was a former member of the Tahlequah American Legion Post 135 and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

He was a co-founder of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tahlequah, Okla., 104 N. College Ave., where memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m., officiated by the Rev. Ron Robinson. His ashes will be interred at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
Published on December 6, 2016
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