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RICHARD GRAVLIN

GravlinApril 13, 1933 - November 4, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Richard D. (Dick) Gravlin died on November 4, 2012 after a battle with cancer. Born April 13, 1933 in Fairbault, MN to Lyle and Elaine Gravlin. Dick grew up in Oklahoma City and attended St. Johns High School in Missouri. After serving in the Navy, he matriculated to the University of Oklahoma where he earned his degree in Engineering and on blind date found Nona, his bride of 50 years. Engineering was his passion and profession. He was a leader not only in his profession, but in the numerous charities, societies and associations for which he served. A few of his favorites were Campfire, Arts Festival of Oklahoma, South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, ASCE and APWA and he is the namesake for `Dick's Den" at Camp Dakani. He was a coach, teacher, counselor and mentor to many young men and women. But most of all he was a Husband, Dad and Granddad. Dick was a private pilot, avid golfer and world traveler. One of his favorite joys was having the opportunity to combine the latter two. There was never a trip that he didn't bump into a friend on a remote beach, mountain top or port. He was recently named South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce 2012 Citizen of the Year with his wife Nona. Of all his accomplishments and honors, the source of his greatest pride was convincing City leaders to allow him to transform his vision of a dilapidated water tower in south Oklahoma City into the Landmark Hot Air Balloon representing the Arts Festival. He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife, and his brother Roland. He is survived by his children Debbie Jones and husband Randy, and Steve Gravlin and wife Jessica; sisters LoAnn Mowdy and husband Albert, Suzanne Bay of Mukitteo Washington, and Judy Metcalf and husband JD; 9 grandchildren Jennifer Thompson, Chad Thompson, Christen Rowland and husband Phillip, Sgt. Matthew Gravlin and wife Amanda, Dude Jones and wife Christi, Crystal Bilyeu and husband Kelly, Brennon and Breonna Marshall, and Braylee Faith; 9 great grandchildren Gabriel Botello, Blake and Tyler Jones, Ryan and Devon Bilyeu, Alex Jones, Hannah, Kaylyn and Emma Staley; numerous nieces and nephews and a beloved friend in Carolyn Brum. The Family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the . No viewing or visitation. A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15 St. Friends may visit www.vondelsmithmortuary.com to leave condolences for the family. www.vondelsmithmortuary.com

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 7, 2012
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