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Virgel Kenneth Strickland, 87, began his heavenly journey home on Wednesday January 10, 2018.

Services will be 2:00pm Tuesday January 16, 2018 at the Don Grantham Funeral Chapel,Duncan, OK, with Nelson Miller of Freedom Biker Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home.

The family will visit with friends at the funeral home Sunday January 14 from 4 to 6pm

Virgel was born to Edward and Selma Strickland on May 7, 1930 in Lamar Oklahoma. He had an older brother Hubert and two younger twin brothers Luther and Louis. In his early years he worked for his parents picking cotton and thrashing peanuts alongside his brothers. Years later he went to work for C.R. Anthony who he talked highly about and always had a story about of the times they shared. Upon moving to Duncan Oklahoma he went to work for Halliburton in their field locations and worked his way up to an electrician on offshore drilling rigs. He retired from Halliburton 1994. He then went to work part time delivering trailers for Sooner Trailer. In the summer of 1996 he opened his first snow cone stand in Duncan which he named The Snow Hut. Eventually moving it to Lawton.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1949 and served until June 1952 leaving with an honorable discharge. He served in the 45th Infantry Division, 180th Regiment earning many awards and medals in his military career. He was extremely proud when his mother sent him a portable kerosene cook stove which many offered to buy from him when he was sent home. He was always willing to show his photo album and movies of his fellow service men. He learned to speak some Japanese while serving in Japan. He learned to speak it fluently while working in Japan for Halliburton.

Shortly after returning from the service he met and then married Patricia Loughridge in January 1953. To this union 3 children were born. Kenneth Boyd, Retha Ann and Lyle Wayne. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.

He enjoyed taking his family on fishing and camping trips. They explored the jeep trails around Red River, New Mexico and Silverton, Colorado. Making one trip as far north as Alaska in the motor home he built out of a potato truck. He went to the Gulf of Mexico every year to fish and had annual fish fries for family and friends. He loved to tell stories and make movies of all his trips. He was also a square dancer for many years and loved teaching the grandchildren how to as well. He lived a very full and adventurous life.

He preceded in death by his mother Selma Hawkins, father Edward Strickland, brother Hubert Stickland, son Kenneth Strickland, former wife Patricia Flippen.

Leaving behind twin brothers, Luther and wife Sally, Lewis and wife Donna of Oklahoma City OK. A daughter Retha McClung and husband Jack of Duncan, OK. A son Lyle Strickland of Boley,OK. A daughter in law Angela Strickland of Ada, OK. His grandchildren Alisa Strickland of Ada, OK, Chalise Hand and husband Art of Comanche, OK , Treasure Willer and husband Erik of Duncan, OK, Jack Wayne McClung of Duncan, OK and Lacy Coberley and husband Paul of Ada, OK. He also left behind 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Stephens County Honor Guard; P.O. Box 1811; Duncan, OK 73534

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.granthamfuneralhomes.com
Published on January 12, 2018
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