John  Tabor

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Services celebrating and remembering the life of John Osgood Tabor will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 23, 2019, at Memorial Heights Baptist Church in Claremore. Burial will follow with military honors at Woodlawn Cemetery, under the direction of DeLozier Funeral Service, Chelsea. Visitation will be 3-8, today, at the church, with family receiving visitors from 6-8. John passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at the Claremore Veterans Center. He was 91.
Born in Oklahoma City on January 14, 1928, to John Oliver and Irene (Osgood) Tabor, John was raised and educated in his birth community and graduated from Putnam City High School. It was during his high school years that John excelled as an athlete. During his junior year, John pitched for his high school team and they won the state championship. He also lettered in football and basketball and was an all-state player in baseball and basketball. It was because of his athletic achievements that he was recruited by nine colleges, including OU, TU, OCU, and Oklahoma A&M, which is now Oklahoma State University. He signed on with Oklahoma A&M and played there for four years on a baseball scholarship and was assistant coach for two years. Following graduation John signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs in 1951. In 1953, he joined the United States Air Force and faithfully served his country until receiving his honorable discharge. During his tour of duty, John was the special services officer at Landstuhl Air Force Base in Germany. He played and coached the baseball team that won the German Championship and then went on to win the European Championship. In this game he hit a homerun, which allowed the team to return to Biloxi, MS to play in the World Championship. They came in third in the World.
On September 30, 1953, in Pawhuska, OK John married the love of his life and college sweetheart, Winifred "Winnie" Bean. Their union was gifted with five children, John, Marilyn, Bob, Linda, and Robin. The couple made their home in Verdigris where John made his living as a real estate developer, appraiser, and builder.
Although sports brought enjoyment to John throughout his entire life there was another side of him that he excelled at as well, being a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. John and Winnie together were the perfect example of the promise found in God's word of a helpmate that he prepares for each of us. They were always together, whether it be at their children's activities in school or just spending time with each other. When he wasn't spending time with his family, he and Winnie enjoyed traveling with friends. They were blessed to have been to 48 of the 50 states. He liked playing golf and was quite talented on the harmonica. John played for the Tulsa Grey Ghost senior Olympics softball team. The team played in Syracuse, NY as well as the Nationals in Phoenix, AZ. "A man of integrity," as Winnie said, will leave a legacy that will live on in the lives of his family and friends.
John is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Winnie. Children include, John Tabor and wife Mary, Marilyn Sherack and David Loertcher, Bob Tabor and wife Kathi, Linda Pate and husband Brett, and Robin Tabor. Grandchildren include, Noah Tabor and Allison Saare, Jami Littlejohn and husband Ryan, Alex Pate, and Stephanie Pate. Great grandchildren include, Milana Flamminio, Lakyn Littlejohn, and Blake Littlejohn. Special cousin is, David Hansel and wife Wanda, and their family. Nephew is Bill Bean and wife Kendi, and their family. John was preceded in death by his parents.
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Robin Tabor
Aug 22, 2019
To the best father in the world!! Daddy we ALL miss you terribly!! You were definately a one of a kind man, they don't make them like you!! You were so loving, funny, when you said something, you could count on it 100%!! You were full of integrity, honesty, compassion, great advice when we asked you about something, so giving, you loved and adored mama and all 5 of us kids, as we all did you too!! You were always respected by all those who knew you!! Daddy you will have a place in my heart that is only for you!! I will love you forever and ever!! We will see you again and when we do we'll never part again!! I'm going to miss you terribly Daddy!!! With all my heart, soul and mind, I WILL LOV...E YOU ALWAYS!!!! You were the very best!!!!_Read more
Robin Tabor
Aug 22, 2019
To the best father in the world!! Daddy we ALL miss you terribly!! You were definately a one of a kind man, they don't make them like you!! You were so loving, funny, when you said something, you could count on it 100%!! You were full of integrity, honesty, compassion, great advice when we asked you about something, so giving, you loved and adored mama and all 5 of us kids, as we all did you too!! You were always respected by all those who knew you!! Daddy you will have a place in my heart that is only for you!! I will love you forever and ever!! We will see you again and when we do we'll never part again!! I'm going to miss you terribly Daddy!!! With all my heart, soul and mind, I WILL LOV...E YOU ALWAYS!!!! You were the very best!!!!_Read more
Valerie Welch Skimbo
Aug 22, 2019
John was a great friend to my dad, Gale Welch. They loved to play
basketball together and we loved going to their home to visit. He will
be missed very much.
J B Hunt
Aug 22, 2019
I met John several times, while at OSU baseball events with my Dad, Chuck Nicholson. They were great friends and fellow veterans. Our prayers are with you all. J B Hunt