David Richard Retherford

David Richard Retherford, 70, resident of Henryetta, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, at his home in Henryetta. David was born Nov. 19, 1947, in Tulare, Calif. to William Joseph “Joe” Retherford and Wilma Blake Retherford. 

As a boy, David grew up in California before moving with his family to Colorado. He later moved to Oklahoma.

David served in the U.S. Army including a tour of duty in Viet Nam. He was honorably discharged after two years of faithful service. David earned an associate’s degree in Nursing and Applied Sciences at Connors State College in Warner. Shortly after he began working initially as a registered nurse at the VA Hospital in Muskogee. After several years there, he went to work with Robison Nursing Agency in Tulsa. David worked as a nurse in the hospitals of Henryetta, Okmulgee, Okemah, and Wetumka.

David married the love of his life, Linda Ann Remis on Sept. 13, 1999, in Ft. Smith, Ark. He remained happily enjoined for 18 years prior to his death. David was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He will be remembered with great love by his family.

David was preceded in death by his father in 1978; his mother in 2003; a brothers, Ronald Lee and his wife Mary in 1984, Wesley Carl Retherford, and William Joseph “Jody” Rutherford in 2015.

David is survived by his wife, Linda Rutherford of the home; son, Bryon Retherford and wife Susan of Berea, Ohio; daughter, Renee Steely of Live Oak, Fla.; step-son, Earl Poole of the home; step-daughter, Sherrie Sloan and husband Rodney of Wetumka; brother, Larry Dean Retherford of Welling; grandchildren, Thomas Poole of the home, Rickey Steely, Dalton Tiger, Logan Tiger, Payton Tiger, Sam Sloan, Anjaila Poole, Elizabeth Kelly, Lilly Kelly, and Kaylee Retherford; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other extended family, and many good friends.

Visitation was from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Integrity Funeral Service.

Funeral services be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Integrity Chapel with Chaplain J.D. Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Westlawn Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Poole, Earl Poole, Shawn Remis, Rodney Sloan, Amon Tiger, and Dalton Tiger. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Remis, Jr. and Tommy Remis.


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