McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Death Notices

November 12, 2012

Lee Tunstall

McALESTER — Lee Tunstall, 67, of the Crowder area, died Nov. 10, 2012, at his residence.

Family will receive visitors Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Krebs.

A Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church with Deacon Bill Anderson as celebrant.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church. Father Jim Caldwell will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are under direction of Bishop Funeral Service.

He was born July 13, 1945, in Tulsa, the son of Hugh Jackson and Fannie Marie Hickman Tunstall. In 1966, he met his wife of 44 years, Donna, while working at St. John’s hospital in Tulsa. They were married in McAlester on Dec. 28, 1967, at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. They resided in Oklahoma City while he completed his undergraduate work at Central State College in Edmond graduating with a degree in Chemistry.

He had one daughter, Monica. He worked at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and then at Dayton Tire and Rubber as a chemical engineer.

In 1978, he became the manager for the laboratory at Technical Services and Quality Control division of Polson Rubber Company in McAlester. He later went to work for the State of Oklahoma as an registered sanitarian for the Oklahoma State Department of Health in Pittsburg County.

He attended the University of Oklahoma Graduate School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. When the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality was formed he transferred to the Department and retired from State service in 2006 with 25 years of service.

He was a longtime member of the Tulsa Glue Dobbers model aircraft organization and served as the reporter for a number of years. He also won numerous awards in competition flying in Oklahoma and surrounding states. In his retirement years, Lee enjoyed photography and reading. Lee was also a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church.

He was survived by his wife Donna Tunstall, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Monica and James Groesbeck, of Oklahoma City; two grandchildren Austin Burns and Abigail Groesbeck, of Oklahoma City; sisters, Nona Harris and husband, J.D. of Coffeyville, Kan.; Jody Dale amd husband, Don, of Kimberling City, Mo.; sister-in-law, Jeanie Tunstall, of Henderson, Nev.; numerous nieces and nephews, father-in-law Francis Nishimute, of McAlester; sister-in-law, Ramona Conly and husband, Doug, of Boulder, Colo.; brothers-in-law, John Nishimuta and wife, Bea, of Blairsville, Ga., and Gary Nishmuta and wife, Diane, of Van Buren, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Don Tunstall and his mother-in-law, Fern Nishimuta.

Pallbearers are James Groesbeck, Austin Burns, Kevin Nishimuta, Jaret Twist, Doug Conly, David Conly, Joel Morgan and Christopher Angel.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Nishimuta, Gary Nishmuta, Kent Wilkins, Denton McNutt, Don Bradish, Gary Burnett, Carey Bell, Rick Manley, Matt Pace and J.D. Harris.

The family requests memorial be made to The American Association of True Life of God, P.O. Box 4138, Independence, MS 64051-4138.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Death Notices
  • Martha Lavon Williams

    Martha Lavon Williams, 91, of Quinton, died Monday, April 14, 2014.

    April 15, 2014

  • Robert Joe Montgomery

    Robert Joe Montgomery, 54, of Red Oak, died Sunday, April 13, 2014.

    April 15, 2014

  • Barbara Valentine Montgomery

    Barbara Valentine Montgomery, 43, of Red Oak, died Friday, April 11, 2014.

    April 15, 2014

  • Marylou Martinez

    Marylou Martinez, 63, of McAlester, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City.

    April 15, 2014

  • Shawn Lee Kirkes

    Shawn Lee Kirkes, 43, of Talihina, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Sparks Regional Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark.

    April 15, 2014

  • Sibyl Faye Montgomery Kennedy

    Sibyl Faye Montgomery Kennedy, 77, of McAlester, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at her home.

    April 15, 2014

  • John Lee Handley

    John Lee Handley, 69, of McAlester, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at McAlester Regional Health Center.

    April 15, 2014

  • Mackey Ren Ely

    Mackey Ren Ely, 71, of Bethany, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Galveston, Texas.

    April 15, 2014

  • Patricia Cunningham

    Patricia Cunningham, 60, of McAlester, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Tulsa.

    April 15, 2014

  • C.W. Barnes

    C.W. Barnes, of McAlester, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his home.

    April 15, 2014

AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
NDN Video
Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video Miley Cyrus Hospitalized After Severe Reaction To Medicine Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Toddler climbs into vending machine 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.