A funeral ceremony honoring and remembering the life of Kenneth Ernie Trease was 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at the New Hope Church of God in Claremore. Interment followed at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 in the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami. The family receivee visitors from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Rice Funeral Service.
Kenneth passed away unexpectedly Monday evening, July 31, 2017 in Claremore. He was 83.
Born Feb. 13, 1934 in Picher, Kenneth was the son of Commadore and Thada Stacy Trease. At an early age, his father's construction career relocated the family to Ashland, Kansas where Kenneth excelled in athletics. Kenneth was a great baseball and volleyball player. He was a key member of the Ft. Sill Volleyball team that won the Army Volleyball Championship. Kenneth played 1st base on the Ashland Semi-pro baseball team that took 7th in the nation. He was also an all-star linebacker for the undefeated Ashland football team. Kenneth graduated from Ashland High School with the Class of 1953.
Following high school, Kenneth enlisted for military service with the United States Army.
He was stationed at Ft. Sill and tested weapons for the Artillery Board. Kenneth married the love of his life, Twilla Markland on April 20, 1957 in Ashland, KS. In April of this year they celebrated their 60th Wedding anniversary. After being honorably discharged they returned to Ashland in 1959 to start a family. They moved to Miami, Okla. in 1965 where Kenneth worked as a carpenter with his father.
Kenneth had the ability to build most anything. He learned a lot about the construction and carpentry trades by working with his father. Kenneth was a professional carpenter until he decided to pursue a career with the United States Postal Service in 1966 where he was employed for 33 years.
Family was always Kenneth's top priority. His grandchildren and their sporting events meant the world to him. Kenneth was known to be "everybody's Dad or Grandpa" and his children's friends always called him "Pops." He loved building antique bird houses, which he enjoyed selling at various craft shows.
Kenneth was an avid Oklahoma Sooner fan. He always looked forward to the annual "Trease Fireworks Extravaganza" that the family held around Independence Day at their home, in which hundreds of friends and family would regularly attend. Kenneth will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Surviving family members include his wife, Twilla of the home; his children: Kenneth Brent Trease and wife Peggy of Claremore, Jan Allen and husband Jerry of Miami, Jean Hanson of Broken Arrow, and Mark Trease and wife Heather of Broken Arrow; his grandchildren: Lindsey Jones and husband Austin, Adam Trease and wife Delayna, Jared Kenneth Trease, Andrew Allen, Nicholas Allen, Adrienne Wayman and husband Eric, Taylor Rodgers, and Ashlyn Hanson; and his great grandchildren: Cameron Wayman, Ava Wayman, Grant Kenneth Trease, and Lance Jones.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings: Melvin Trease, C.M. Trease, Lee Trease, and Naomi Peck.
Published on August 2, 2017