Laster D. McConnell Sr., age 68, passed peacefully on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at his home in Ralston, Oklahoma surrounded by his loving wife and family. Funeral Services will be held at 10 am, Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Ralston with the Rev. Russell Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in the Ralston Riverside Cemetery under the direction of the Hunsaker Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax. He will be at the Hunsaker Wooten Chapel Monday and Tuesday February 4th & 5th, 2019 with visitation being 9am to 7pm. Friends may leave online condolences at www.hunsakerwootenfuneralhome.com
Pallbearers will be Caleb Kennedy, Hunter McConnell, Robert McConnell, Zach McDaniel, James Cowan, Gordon Renfro, Roger Mitchell, and Bobby Gray.
Laster Dean, affectionately known by most as “Dean” was born on June 8, 1950 to parents William Howard and Linnie Pearl Wells McConnell in Sugar Grove, Arkansas. Growing up in Sugar Grove, he attended school there before moving to Fairfax, Okla. Dean served time in the Army for 6 years until his honorable discharge on September 13, 1979.
Dean married Nancy Sharp McConnell and to this union were born two children, J.R. and Deanna.
Dean worked in various jobs in the community including Gray’s Dairy, Police Officer, D&P Tank, and Throop Construction. He worked as a truck driver for most of his life. He was a volunteer Firefighter for the town of Fairfax.
His enjoyments included fishing for catfish and by trot line, hunting: squirrels, deer, quail and rabbits; and hunting for Morell mushrooms. He enjoyed listening to bluegrass music, John Conley and don’t you dare change his radio station! His favorite foods were beans and cornbread, and fried catfish. He hated potato soup and anything made with celery. He liked to visit his buddies at the pool hall and attending poker nights. He loved to watch Hee Haw, and fix all of the problems of the world. In his younger days, he enjoyed going to bed early with the chickens and then up again before sunrise.
In late 2000, Dean met Sherry in a sunflower patch in Ralston. It was love at first sight. On March 23, 2001 George Weston joined in marriage Dean and Sherry J. McConnell. The couple began their life together in Ralston, Okla. and had been married nearly 18 years upon his passing. She was the love of his life.
Dean will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife, Sherry of the home; his children, J.R. (Michelle) McConnell of Burbank and Deanna (Sam) Fassnacht of Perry. Dean will also be fondly remembered by his three grandchildren: Tia Ann McConnell, Hunter Willian McConnell, and Jordan Dean McConnell; and also sister, Jannie Pearl Nibblett of Boonville, Ark. brother, Lawrence McConnell of Sugar Grove, Ark., nephews: Robert (Kelley) McConnell of Ponca City, daughter and granddaughter, Larry (Melinda) McConnell of Magazine, Ark. and children, Troy (Michelle) Kitchel of Oklahoma City, Okla., Allen (Tellicia) Kitchel of Oklahoma City, Okla., children and grandchildren, as well as a host of very special nieces and nephews. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jim and Sharon Binkley of Ralston and children; Pat and Louise Brandenburg of Neosho, Mo. and children; Chuck and Cyndy Brandenburg of Ralston and children; and Shirley Sanford of College Station, Texas and children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step mother Mattie McConnell, grandparents, brothers Clayton McConnell, Jimmy Ray McConnell, George Edgar McConnell, and one nephew Roger Dean Nibblett.
Honorary Pallbearers include Randy Wilson, Floyd Kelley, Marvin Sparks, Dr. James Graham and Bob Rice.
Thank you to all of Dean’s caregivers throughout his last few months including the Fairfax Community Hospital, Sherry’s awesome co-workers, Dr. Graham, Dr. Evans, Physicians Choice Hospice, many friends and neighbors and a very special and caring neighbor Mrs. Gene Hemken.
Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Dean to
Susan G Komen Breast Cancer, Dept. 41831, PO Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265 or Grayhorse Masonic Lodge #124, c/o Frosty Keeler, 1835 Fairfax Lake Road, Fairfax Okla.
I am truly sorry for the loss of your dear love one. May the words of our Heavenly Father at Psalms 86:6,7 help you all experience his help, also help you all gain peace and comfort in the days ahead.
A TColumbus, GA
Love and Prayers to Family.. Love you all.
W. K. and Mary DavisFairfax, OK
Love you Uncle Dean, see you on the other side!!!
Sheryl CaffeyOologah, OK
We didn't know that morning that God was going to call your name....In life we loved you dearly and in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone, for part of us went with you, when God called you home. You left us with wonderful memories, your many words of wisdom as our guide. Even though we can not see you, you'll always be at our side. Our family chain is broken and will never be the same...but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Love you always Uncle Dean! You will be greatly missed.
Kelley McConnellPonca City, OK