Originally sent Feb. 11
Memorial service for Rosalie Raibourn, 66, lifelong Lawton resident will be at 2:00pm Friday February 15, at the First United Methodist Church of Lawton, (2602 NW Ferris) with Reverend Derrek Belase, pastor of Highland Park United Methodist Church of Stillwater, OK officiating.
Private family interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home. Mrs. Raibourn died on Monday, February 11, 2008, in Lawton. (her birthday) She was born in Lawton on February 11, 1942. Rosalie was united in marriage to Delmer Dee Raibourn, Jr. on January 11, 1969. After the death of her husband in 1972, she continued to operate his business for several years. In addition, she became a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and received numerous awards for her fund-raising events in Comanche County. She established the first Business Crusade and Century Club which became models for American Cancer Society units across the nation. In 1990, she became a realtor and tirelessly served her clients until her death. Survivors include her son, Delmer Dee Raibourn, III of Dallas, Texas; her sister-in-law, Linda (Raibourn) Langmacher and husband Ron, of Carnegie, Oklahoma; her cousins, Lehrie Hayes, Oakland, California; Don Long and wife Barbara, Wichita Falls, Texas; Bea Brock and Evelyn Tuck and husband Vernon, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mary Lou Ketchum and husband Troy, Stuart, Florida; Cynthia Bradley and Marsha Goller and husband Ingo Seattle, Washington; and many beloved friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Wesley Kepler and Della Margaret (Melrose) Kepler and her husband Dee. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to a charity of the donors choice.
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I received this wonderful memory of Sgt. Charles Rom from '59 classmate Charles Narmore:
Sgt. Rom and his family lived across the street from us in the early fifties and he was a wonderful man. My parents moved to southern Oklahoma when my dad retired in '72. Sgt Rom remained a good friend and forthirty three years he called my mother every year on her birthday.The streets around our house in those days were just dirt. No pavement, no gravel. Sgt. Rom had a brandnew green Dodge with carpet on the floor. One cold, rainy spring day I was walking to grade school and had mud up to my ankles. The Rom's car pulled up beside me and stopped. Sgt. Rom asked me if I would like aride. I looked at my feet then at that nice clean carpet and said that I should just walk. Sgt. Rom looked at my feet and then with his official Master Sgt. voice said "get in boy." That is the kind of man he was.
So much sadness with the loss of friends, family, classmates. But fortunately, so many wonderful memories to comfort us and remind us of those so dear to us and who had a positive influence on our lives.
Regards to all........Georgia