Services to honor and celebrate the life of Donald "Don" Leon Casey will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Sageeyah Baptist Church. Don passed away April 5, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 77.
Donald Leon Casey was born Dec. 22, 1938 in Oilton, Oklahoma to Ray Casey and Goldie Leona (Harris) Casey. Growing up in Oilton there wasn't always a lot to do, so for fun the kids would drag Main Street on the weekends. It was a Saturday night, in 1955, when Don was out riding around with his friends and met a young girl that caught his attention, Vicki Hignite.
She happened to be in town, from Tulsa, visiting friends. Don was immediately interested in Vicki and asked her out for the next evening. Her reply was that she would be going to church Sunday and if he wanted to see her — he could see her there.
He did just that and the rest was history.
The young couple married a short time later on August 27, 1955 in an Oilton wedding ceremony.
Through the years, Don was employed by Pepsi Bottling Company in Tulsa. The majority of his career was spent in marketing and warehouse management.
One of his duties was that of being responsible for over 54 routes. He retired as a supervisor from this career after 20 years of service.
A man with such a love for others, Don's personality led him to his next employment opportunity with Hillcrest Hospital. He worked for the hospital as a material distribution manager for 15 years.
Don and Vicki enjoyed attending the Performing Arts Center in Tulsa and even had the opportunity to meet Red Skelton at one of his performances. They also enjoyed fishing, camping and short scenic drives.
Don loved to build things and spent countless hours in his wood workshop. Some of his handiwork can be found on display at the Wild Heart Ranch.
Don was a kind and selfless man. He never met a stranger and could shoot the bull with the best of 'em. Most of all, he loved his family and would do anything for them.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gladys "Vicki"; daughters, Pamela, Cheryl; granddaughter, Casey Dawn; grandsons, Brett "Maverick" and Scotty; brother, Larry and sisters, Carma and Verlea.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Goldie Casey; sisters, Wanda Osborn and Kay Casey.
Published on April 7, 2016