Services in memory of Linden Ray Walkingstick will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Washington Cemetery. The time of viewing and visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 from 5-7 at the funeral home.
Linden passed away at his home on Saturday morning, Sept. 24, 2016 with his family by his side. He was 84.
Linden was one of James Warren and Jessie Edith (McKinzie) Walkingstick's three sons. He was born on Dec. 29, 1931 in Stillwell, Okla.
All the Walkingstick boys learned the value of hard work at a very early age, working alongside their dad on the farm. Linden went through his school years in Stillwell, often spending summers in Foyil helping his uncles during the hay season. Shortly after his graduation from Stillwell High School, Lindens father passed away. Soon his mother chose to move with her boys to the Foyil community to be closer to the other Walkingstick family.
Now, Linden's mother would take on the strong role of working hard and providing as she and her dad operated the Help Yourself Laundromat in Foyil. No matter what job Linden took on he did well because of that dedication to 'a job well done.' He was a truck driver in the lumber and oil industries for most of his working career.
Linden and Lorene Shatto met while she was a student. After a year of courtship they both knew they were ready to make a lifelong commitment. On July 2, 1954 they married in a Claremore wedding ceremony. The Foyil area has been home for the couple as they raised their daughter and son and enjoyed the blessing of seeing their family grow with the addition of those treasured grand and great grandchildren.
Linden worked hard when it was necessary. He also embraced his time off, when he could go fishing. He especially enjoyed having a grandchild or two accompany him on those fishing outings. Pa to his children and Papa to the grands, he just loved those family times.
He liked life's simplest gifts-Lorene's fried potatoes, beans and cornbread, listening to good country music and sitting on the banks of a pond or a lake waiting for the next fish to bite. But Linden's life was the richest as the family gathered together for special occasions and times of sharing and remembering.
Those family members of this this good man are his wife Lorene Walkingstick of their home in Foyil; his two children Jackie (Walkingstick) Sellers of Claremore and Michael Walkingstick and his wife Teresa of Oologah; seven grandchildren, the late Brandon Sellers and his wife Kaycee, Michael Walkingstick and his wife Joni, Justin Sellers and his wife Kelli, James Walkingstick, Andrea Davis and her husband Dave Woods, Stacy Lowyns and her husband Brad and Autum Vandenameele and her husband Brandon; fourteen great grandchildren, Illiana, Hayley, Abby, Tehya, Joshua, Avery, Rilee, Kellen, Ethan, Peyton, Lauren, Connor, Chase and Graham; two brother, the late Estel Walkingstick and Gerald Walkingstick of Ft. Gibson.
Published on September 26, 2016