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Gary Ormston

February 11, 1940 — January 13, 2024

Gary Ormston

Gary Lee Ormston was born to Cecil and Ethyl Ormston in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 11, 1940 and entered into his heavenly reward on Saturday, January 13, 2024. Gary lived in St. Paul until the age of 8, when his parents moved the family to a farm in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. There, Gary worked on the farm and helped care for his younger siblings; he had two brothers and three sisters. He graduated from High School in Grantsburg and attended college at University of Wisconsin in River Falls, WI with degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry. Gary worked briefly in St. Paul before he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He went through basic training in Fort Leonardwood, Missouri and was then sent to Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. From there, Gary was discharged and referred to a job at the Naval Service Weapons Center in Dahlgren, Virginia, where he met Ann. Gary and Ann were married December 28, 1967. Gary and Ann brought two children into the world during their time in Virginia, David and Cheryl. In 1977, the family moved to Cleveland, Oklahoma, Ann's hometown. Here, Gary and Ann welcomed baby Susan into the family. Gary worked at various jobs in Cleveland, including the IGA, Palace Drug Store, and eventually the USPS in Jennings where he worked for 25 years as a rural mail carrier. Gary was a very handy mechanic. He maintained his work vehicles himself in the evenings and weekends. He kept a small fleet of International Scouts for his mail route, including a fancier one complete with air horn and glass packs for driving around town. Gary was a skilled gardener, and when time allowed he tended his pear orchard and sold pears at a roadside stand in the early years of the family's time in Cleveland. Gary was a very hard worker, a dedicated provider to his family, and a faithful giver to his favorite charities. Gary was also a faithful member of his church, First Baptist Church of Cleveland for 40+ years, where he was a deacon for over 30 years. He was awarded Deacon Emeritus when he could no longer serve. He enjoyed driving the church bus so that area kids could go to church, and he brought them home afterward. Once a month, he would pull into Sonic and get everyone a drink. Gary enjoyed working with senior adults at The Cleveland Manor Nursing Home, where he lead music for their Sunday School Class. Gary's final days were spent at the Baptist Village in Broken Arrow, OK. Gary was known for his faithfulness to his church, his ability to talk to anyone, and his cheerfulness.

Gary is survived by his wife, Ann, his children; David Ormston and his wife, Kara, Cheryl Tramell and her husband Brooks, Susan Ormston and her husband, Therman Lee. He also leaves his grandchildren; Katy and Matthew Ormston, B.K. and Jolie Tramell, Brittani Reynolds and Brooke Webster, Gary is also survived by brother; Jeff and sisters Cecile and Kathy, and their families. Gary was preceded in death by sister Gracie, brother Clyde, and his parents.

Memorials may be made to Hope House Orphan Care with Chapman-Black Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds. The family would like to thank members of FBC Cleveland for the frequent visits and prayer, the Baptist Village and Suncrest Hospice for the amazing care they gave Gary in his final days

Graveside Service will be held 1:00pm Saturday January 27, 2024 @ Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Oklahoma. Chapman-Black Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements. Friends and family may visit an online guest book and memorial page for Gary at







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