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Services to honor, remember and celebrate the life of Isom Odrie Frederick will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 in the worship center at the First Baptist Church of Claremore. He will be laid to rest at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens following the funeral ceremony. Rice Funeral Service has been entrusted with Isom's care and friends may visit the funeral home Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. with the Frederick Family there to receive visitors from 5-6 p.m. Isom passed away in Tulsa Friday evening, Nov. 18, 2016 with his loving family by his side. He was 88.
Born in Heber Springs, Ark. on August 23, 1928, the son of Isom Odrie and Bessie (Kirkendoll) Frederick, Isom spent his early childhood in that area. At the age of fourteen the family moved to the Okmulgee area where he eventually graduated from Preston High School. He was introduced to a special young lady named Margaret Butts of Diamond, Missouri and they corresponded by mail for two years.
The couple dated on weekends and during the summertime in either Diamond or Okmulgee. Isom served honorably as a radio carrier in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. The couple continued to correspond regularly during this time. Upon his return, Isom and Margaret dated for three months, engaged for three days, and were then married on November 27, 1954. He would always tell Margaret how beautiful she was and bring her the first rosebud every spring. Being a self-taught machinist and always mechanically inclined, he immediately began working at his cousin's Harley Davidson motorcycle shop in Okmulgee after the war.
Isom was a very intelligent man that could fix or repair anything. Woodworking was one of his greatest passions. He would build anything that Margaret ever said she wanted including cradles for the grandchildren and wishing wells, which became quite the enterprise. Known to be a quiet man, Isom maintained a dry sense of humor. It was often hard to determine whether or not he was serious or teasing about something. In 1971, Isom and Margaret purchased their dream farm in Morris, Oklahoma. It was comprised of twelve beautiful acres where they owned cattle, chickens, ducks, and two horses. The family spent four great years on this farm prior to moving to Claremore where he helped establish a machine shop and during tough economic times, a home repair business.
A devout man of faith, Isom was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Claremore. One day in the year 1960, Margaret asked Isom, "Do you have any insurance for Heaven?" The couple attended Southside Baptist Church in Okmulgee the following Sunday where Isom knew the pastor very well. The pastor's sermon was entitled "Insurance to Heaven" and Isom immediately went to the altar and made his profession of faith. God was miraculously at work in the lives of this young couple. Isom was teaching Sunday School six months later and was ordained as a deacon within one year. He never complained about anything and was always willing to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
Isom was a special joy and inspiration to all who knew him but none more than his beloved family. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; two brothers; and his daughter, Paula Frederick on Sept. 17, 2016. Isom and Paula were truly inseparable and now we take comfort knowing they are together with the Lord in Heaven. Those whom survive include his wife of almost sixty-two years, Margaret; his children: Anita Windle and husband Lenny, Karen Erickson and husband Kris, and Stephen Frederick and wife Jamie; eight grandchildren: Nicholas Mitchell, Kelsie (Mitchell) Busch, Hannah (Erikson) Hart, Miriam (Erickson) Olsen, Michael Erikson, Keegan Frederick, Brayden Frederick, and Jordan Frederick; and three great grandchildren: Kyrie Hart, Jason Hart, and Vincent Olsen; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Published on November 21, 2016
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