McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


February 24, 2014

Larry Dean Crider

McALESTER — Larry Dean Crider, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Omaha Neb.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Campbell-Aman Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Campbell-Aman Funeral Home in Blair, Neb. 

Born Dec. 4, 1947, in Mounds, he was the son of Modeen and Denver Atkins, of McAlester. He spent his formative years in McAlester, graduating from McAlester High School in 1965.

While serving in the United States Army, he was stationed in Germany. When he was “mustered out” in 1970, he rode a bus to Jacksonville, N.C. where he met up with his sister, and together they drove back to Oklahoma.

After his stint in the military, he went to work for the Federal Protective Services in Omaha. It was there, in 1972, that he met his future wife, Jean Klitz. They were married in 1976.

After working for the Federal Protective Services, he was assigned to the Immigration Department (now Homeland Security). During his service with the Immigration Department, he was awarded the department’s highest honor, The Commissioner’s Award, for his work as the lead investigator in the largest illegal workplace bust in the nation. He retired in 2000.

After retirement, he worked in his yard, mowing, landscaping, planting trees and raising vegetables in his large garden.

He enjoyed hunting, and took annual deer and elk hunting trips to Colorado or New Mexico with his cousin, but rarely came home with anything to show for his efforts except for some stories.

Another pastime was Oklahoma University football. Every Saturday afternoon during football season you could find him watching his “Sooners” in action.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed time with his golfing buddies, travelingeach winter to Phoenix, Ariz., to play the courses there. Each summer, the group would spend a week playing other courses.

Survivors include his wife, Jean, of the home; his sister, Pat Cathey, of Oklahoma City; sister, Margaret West and Gerry, of Edmond, and their children, Cheryl and Leslie; brother, Ray Cathey and Susan, of Oklahoma City, and their children, Mike and Emily; nephew, Duane Cathey, Fort Worth, Texas, and eight great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Modeen and Denver Atkins, and an older brother, Gerald Cathey.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Alyce Yvonne Knight Lerblance

    Alyce Yvonne Knight Lerblance was born on November 21, 1923, in Pittsburg, Oklahoma, to Fred C. and Letha Mae Knight.  She was the fourth of seven children born to Fred and Letha Knight.  Alyce grew up in Wilburton and graduated with the class of 1941 and was a graduate of Eastern State A & M in Wilburton.

    July 23, 2014

  • Lynn E. 'Cheatum' Weeks

    Lynn E. “Cheatum” Weeks, 64, of McAlester, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, in McAlester.

    July 23, 2014

  • Charles Edward Turney,

    Charles Edward Turney, 81, of Duncan, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, after a brief illness.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tommy Morrow

    Tommy Morrow, 66, of Hartshorne, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at McAlester Regional Health Center.

    July 23, 2014

  • Otis Jefferson

    Otis Jefferson, 84, of McAlester, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his home.

    July 23, 2014

  • David Wayne Dollins,

    David Wayne Dollins, 79, of McAlester, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at his home.

    July 23, 2014

  • Brigitta Agnes Campbell

    Brigitta Agnes Campbell, 72, of Haileyville, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Tulsa.

    July 23, 2014

  • Doris J. Bolding

    Doris J. Bolding, 78, of McAlester, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at a local nursing center.

    July 23, 2014

  • Bette Jo Williams

    Heaven opened its gates for Bette Jo Williams, 84, on Saturday, July 19, 2014, following a brief illness with pancreatic cancer. Bette lived in McAlester, OK, for 60 years. She moved to Edmond, OK, two months ago in order to be closer to her sons and family members. Bette was born on the family farm near Washington, OK, on March 11, 1930.

    July 22, 2014

  • Lynn 'Gene' Eugene Wilkerson

    Lynn "Gene" Eugene Wilkerson, 80, of Quinton, died Monday, July 21, 2014.

    July 22, 2014