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OSCAR CURNUTT

Aug 19, 1933 - June 12, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Oscar Carl Curnutt was born August 19, 1933, in Talihina, Oklahoma, to Ed and Nissie Curnutt. He passed away June 12, 2014, 9:03 p.m. in Oklahoma City with his family gathered around his bed. After graduating from high school, Oscar began working for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. His work at ODOT was interrupted by a tour of duty in Korea for the U.S. Army. After returning to ODOT, he started on a survey crew in the early days of highway expansion in the state of Oklahoma and moved his way up to the Assistant Division Engineer of the Survey Division. He retired from this position in 1988. Oscar married Joyce Dragoo in Oklahoma City on March 21, 1958. They raised their two daughters in Edmond, Oklahoma, and then spent some of their most joy-filled years restoring a small farm outside of Luther, Oklahoma. They moved back to the south side of OKC in 2007. Oscar's life included a broad range of public service. Prominent positions included his service as a Trustee at Midwest Christian College, Chairman of the Board at Mimosa Heights Christian Church, and President of the Oklahoma Society of Land Surveyors. Lesser known positions were his years serving as a Boy Scout Leader, directing construction projects at Camp Sooner (a Christian summer camp), and providing construction assistance or cabinet making to numerous organizations. Oscar was a master woodworker whose creations graced the lives of his family, friends, and colleagues. He was a longtime member of Mimosa Heights Christian Church and then transferred membership to Shartel Church of God after moving to the south side of OKC. Oscar is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Joyce; his daughters, Liz (married to Kevin Gunter) and Kathy (married to Dusty Rubeck); his grandchildren, Anna (Gunter) Fullington, Levi Gunter, Whitney (Rubeck) Wallace, and TJ Rubeck; his brother, Jim, of Florida, along with many nieces and nephews. Oscar was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Frank, Edgar, Mary, and Margaret (Curnutt) Pagel; and his half-sisters, Theo Billings, Edna Folsom, and Bessie Rouqeou. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Cookson Hills, RR 3 Box 200, Kansas, OK 74347 (www.cooksonhills.org); or Dallas Christian College, 2700 Christian Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75234 (www.dallas.edu). Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Saturday, June 14 and 12-8 p.m. Sunday, June 15 at Vondel Smith South Lakes with family receiving friends on Sunday evening, 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 16 at the Shartel Church of God, 11600 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with burial following at Heritage Burial Park at South Lakes.

Funeral Home

Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary South Colonial Chapel
6934 South Western Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73139
(405) 634-1439

Published in The Oklahoman from June 14 to June 15, 2014
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