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Services to celebrate the fruitful and joy filled life of Bert Frederick Tillock will be 10 a.m., Monday June 6, 2016 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. He will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. The Tillock family will receive visitors at Rice on Sunday afternoon, June 5, 2016 from 1-4. Bert passed away at his Claremore home on Wednesday evening, June 1st with his treasured family by his side. He was 85.
Born February 24, 1931 in Keystone, Okla., Bert was the son of George Leo and Alta Lura (Garrett) Tillock.
Born during the Great depression, times were hard and the two Tillock boys learned the value of hard work at a very early age. But there was also plenty of love to help ease some of the burdens of the times.
Bert will be remembered most as a family man, devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren.
Bert served his country in the U.S. Army following his school years.
He returned to work the family farm, but he had a true gift to design and fabricate things and did so as a welder for several area companies such as National Tank and MidCon Fabricators. When he left that work he was with the City of Claremore a number of years.
In his work, Bert created with metal but in his pleasure time he used wood.
He crafted a vast collection of beautiful and intricately designed miniature furniture and children's toys. He and his beloved wife, Helen Sue enjoyed hours of pleasure creating this amazing collection.
Bert also enjoyed sharing these beautiful pieces with others. To make a child happy was one of his greatest joys.
Bert and Helen Sue Barry married on April 8, 1967 in Collinsville.
This was their first home. They later moved to Claremore. Since Bert was able to do just about anything, he did much of the work on the family homes.
He and Helen Sue enjoyed gardening together. And they were blessed to be parents to four sons and nine grandchildren.
Bert was happiest when he was serving others.
His highest focus was nurturing and caring for Helen Sue. And he was always doing little things for his boys.
His grandchildren knew Paw-paw was always there for them, and his love for them was his greatest gift. Grandpa Bert was also their "go to person" when anything needed fixing.
Since his heart for others was so big, he embraced all the neighborhood children and welcomed their curious questions and "help" with his household projects.
Life for Bert was serving others. It was his truest source of that ever present happiness that defined him.
His family legacy will live on through the generations in those family members who survive.
They are: his wife Helen Sue (Barry) Tillock, of the home; sons, Darrall and his wife Cindy of Lebanon, Tenn., Jerry and his wife Terry of Catoosa, and Kevin and his wife Jennifer of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Rebecca, Chris, Jenny, Darrall, Cindy Rose, Tim, Kara, Katie and Rachel; and brother Leo of South Africa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Randall Tillock in 2003.
Published on June 4, 2016
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