August 16, 1953 - May 2, 2012 CUSTER CITY A graveside memorial for Clovis Lee Oyler, 58, of Custer City, will be Saturday, May 5, 2012 , 10 a.m. at the Forgan, Oklahoma Cemetery.Oyler died May 2, 2012 at his home in Custer City. He was born August 16, 1953 in Liberal, Kansas, the first born of Verl C. and Kathleen Oyler. He graduated from Forgan High School May 1971. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy June 1971 and served in Viet Nam. After his honorable discharge May 1975 he married Mary Ann Holt July 2, 1975 in Clayton, New Mexico. They began their new life in Forgan. Following the military he was employed by various oil drilling companies prior to focusing on his career and passion in self-defense training, security and private investigation. He was a conceal carry and National Rifle Association instructor and a reserve deputy for the Custer County Sheriff's Department and Black Belt in Aikido. He taught many people gun training privately and in group classes. His gun knowledge was never ending. He was an avid reader and love to philosophize. He was adamant about his political views and debated them with passion. He gladly shared his lawyer jokes with his oldest grandson. About twelve years ago time and circumstances allowed him to become a devout "papa" in the lives of his younger grandchildren teaching them about life and happiness. This was his finest and most important accomplishment. He did it well and was most proud of this legacy. Preceding him in death was his father, Verl C. Oyler, his maternal grandfather and grandmother. Cleberne and Ruth Elliott, his paternal grandparents, Glenn and Myrle Oyler and nephew, Tyson Slatten. Survivors include his wife, May Ann Oyler and two daughters, Cyndy Crites and her husband, Jr. of Nash and Trinity Oyler Smith and husband, Gary of Weatherford. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Jeff Crites, Enid, Garrin, Ryler, Trevin and Gentry Smith of Weatherford; his mother, Kathleen Oyler; and brother, Russ Oyler. He is also survived by his sister Nan VanFredenburg and Lesa Slatten and numerous nieces, nephew and friends. A celebration of life for family and friends will be Thursday evening from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 709 Mulberry in Weatherford. Memorials may be made to the Western Oklahoma Christian School in Clinton.
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 3, 2012