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Services to remember and honor the life of Curtis Wayne Dement will be 2 p.m., Friday, March 11, 2016 in the chapel of the First Baptist Church of Claremore. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends for visitation from 6-8 pm, Thursday evening at Rice Funeral Service. Mr. Dement passed away Tuesday morning in Tulsa. He was 81. Curtis Wayne Dement was born May 5, 1934 in Madisonville, Kentucky to Ollie and Claudia (Winstead) Dement. He spent his early childhood in Madisonville, moving to Beaver Dam, Ky. around the age of 11. It was in Beaver Dam that he attended and graduated high school. It was also there that a young schoolmate caught his attention, that of Ms. Alice Baugh. The two married on July 23, 1954 in the local Methodist Church. Following high school, Curtis began a career with Peabody Coal Company. He retired after 26 years of service as a Superintendent. This career took the Dement family all around the country, spending time in multiple states including Kentucky, Illinois, Arizona and Oklahoma to name a few. Curtis later retired from the Mine Safety and Health Administration as an Inspector. 1970 was the first time the Dement family called Claremore home and although they moved away a couple of times, they were happy to return to and settle in Claremore. Even though Oklahoma became home for Curtis, one cannot take the Wildcat out of a Kentucky boy. Thus, he always enjoyed keeping up with his Kentucky Wildcat Basketball. ­­­In addition he enjoyed NASCAR racing and “tolerated” OU Football. He had been a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Claremore. More than anything, Curtis enjoyed his family. He was devoted husband, father and “Gramper” and his presence will certainly be missed by those he loved and leaves to cherish his memory. He is survived by: his wife, Alice Dement of the home; daughter, Terri Thomas and husband, Bob of Owasso, Okla.; son, Tom Dement and wife, Laurie of Trophy Club, Texas; grandchildren: Rob Thomas and wife, Monique of Owasso, Kristi Garcia and husband, Daniel of San Diego, Calif. and Kari Anne Dement of San Francisco, Calif. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Avery and Ben Thomas of Owasso along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Ann Adams and Pat Vandiver and a brother, James Dement. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Clarehouse, 7617 S. Mingo Rd., Tulsa, OK 74133.
Published on  March 10, 2016
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