Lyle A. "Abe" Abrahamson was born in Scandia, Minnesota on January 18, 1932 to Anfred and Bertha (Magnuson) Abrahamson. Following graduation from Forest Lake High School in Minnesota in 1948 he entered the University of Minnesota graduating in 1953 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. His military service in the U S Army from 1953 to 1955 included a tour of duty in Korea. While in the Army he acquired the nickname "Abe" from his fellow soldiers. His career with Phillips Petroleum Company began in June 1956. He worked at the refinery in Phillips, Texas and the Copolymer Plant in Borger, Texas. It was while working there that he met the woman that would be his wife for over 48 years Clova (Castlebury) Jones. He transferred to the Patent Licensing Division of Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, OK, on 1962, a job which required him to frequently travel. He and Clova were married during the time he was on long-term assignment in Japan and they lived there in Nagoya until they returned to Bartlesville in 1965.
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From June, 1980 until January, 1984 he worked as a process engineer in Ekofisk operations based in Stavanger, Norway. Then returning to Bartlesville, he resumed work in the Patent Licensing Division and worked until his retirement in April,1988. After retirement, for the next four years, he worked on various contract projects with Phillips Petroleum and Service Technology.
Retirement gave Abe time to pursue his interest in genealogy. After a large amount of research of his family history he compiled a book detailing his father's family in Sweden and Minnesota. In another booklet, he put together the story of his parent's life.
Abe was passionate about animals and volunteered in many capacities for their benefit. In recent years he frequently transported animals for Washington County SPCA to PetSmart and Spay Oklahoma in Tulsa.
Abe passed away on November 8, 2012. He will be most remembered for his wry sense of humor, his few magic tricks, his kindness and willingness to help others and his large collection of moose memorabilia.
Abe is survived by his wife Clova of the home; his son Mike Jones, daughter-in-law Bonnie and grandson Dylan Jones of Cedar Park Texas; sister-in-law Theresa Landers of Tulsa; brother-in-laws: Kenneth (Suzie) Castlebury of Tomball, TX, Glen (Carol) Castlebury of Austin, TX; and Lee Manross of Austin, TX; aunt Ruth Anderson of Scandia, MN; cousins; nieces and nephews and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington County SPCA, 16620 State Hwy 123, Bartlesville, OK 74006 or Animal Rescue Foundation of Bartlesville, PO Box 3292, Bartlesville, OK 74006.
In remembrance of Abe and the good life he led, the family will be receiving visitors on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Stumpff Funeral Home located at 1600 SE Washington, Bartlesville. Memorial services and burial will be held in Scandia, Minnesota at a later date. Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Nov. 11 to Dec. 11, 2012