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"Arkie" Richard Casebolt

December 12, 1937 — December 31, 2020

"Arkie" Richard Casebolt

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Funeral services for Richard David Casebolt, known to his friends and family as “Arkie,” will be held at 2:30 pm, Monday, January 11, 2021, at the Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Oklahoma, with Pastor David Head officiating. Chapman-Black Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements. Friends and family may visit an online guest book and memorial page for Arkie at
Arkie was born on December 12, 1937, in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, the son of Lawrence Eugene and Mattie Marie (Harris) Casebolt. Arkie also grew up in Coweta, later returning to Sand Springs, where he completed his education. Arkie joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He served his country from September 23, 1954, till July 21, 1958, when he was honorably discharged. He returned to the Sand Springs area and on January 30, 1959 was united in marriage to Barbara JoAnn Battie in Prue, Oklahoma. Arkie rejoined the U.S. military, this time joining the U.S. Air Force. Following another three-year duty, Arkie once again returned to Sand Springs where he cared for his wife Barbara until she passed away from diabetes in 1970. As a young widower, Arkie would work at Rockwell (McDonnel-Douglas) after being hired by an old sergeant from his military days. In 1970 Arkie established Arc Electric in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. On January 18, 1971, in Huntsville, Arkansas, he was united in marriage to Gloria Hooper. After relocating to Cleveland, Oklahoma later that year the two have owned and operated the residential and commercial electrical company for the entirety of their 50 years of marriage. Arkie would obtain his private pilot’s license and he owned and operated his own Cessna single engine plane flying Osage Oil personnel all over the US while setting up Gas and Go stations.
Fishing, spending time with his grandchildren and helping his daughter with her oil production were just a few of the activities Arkie enjoyed. Going on picnics with family or sitting on his bucket in the middle of the garden, eating fresh vegetables were memorable events in his younger life. His daily visits to the Hickory House catching up on the local news were familiar places you could find him more recently. Spending time with family and friends in good conversation were times that Arkie cherished greatly.
Arkie passed from this life on December 31, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 83.
Survivors include his wife Gloria of the home; seven children Ray Grieves of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Renee Holloway and Johnny of Cleveland, Oklahoma, LeaAnn Pry and Les of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Scott Casebolt and Diana of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Jack Grieves and Patricia of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Terri Garrett of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Richard Casebolt and Vicki of Kansas City, Missouri; twenty-one grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren as well as numerous other relatives and friends that will mourn his passing. In addition to his parents, Arkie was preceded in death by his first wife Barbara JoAnn Casebolt, daughter Elizabeth Grieves, a son Delane Sykes and two sisters Nancy Adams and Iva Mae Prather.
Pallbearers will include Gary Sisk, Murphy Braden, Jon Allen, Josh Casebolt, Zach Sykes, Luke Sykes, Logan Holloway, Gaige Frazier. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Edgerton, Scotty Collins, JB Pry II, David Guinn, Gaylen Vaughn, Charlie Dell, Bruce McDonald, and Steve Sneed.

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