Funeral services for Earl Dean McFarland, 85, of Skiatook, were held Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Chapel in Sperry, OK. Reverend Russell Hill officiated and burial was in Osage Gardens Cemetery in Skiatook, OK. Casket bearers were Roger Tomlinson, Kevin McFarland, Skip Davis, Jim Turner, Curtis Carter, Kenneth McFarland. Honorary casket bearers were Dustin Bryant, Cody McFarland, and Aaron Runk.
Earl was born October 8, 1932 in Abbyville, KS to Carrol and Minnie Maybelle (Norris) McFarland. He passed away April 22, 2018 in Tulsa, OK.
Earl was a veteran of the US Navy, serving four years aboard the USS Rochester as a Gunner’s Mate. He married Joy Maxine Naugle on May 24, 1957 and they were married for 60 years. He retired from Sheffield Steel after 27 ½ years. He was a member of the Skiatook Church Christ. Earl loved keeping his lawn and his car in perfect condition. He enjoyed going camping and fishing and visiting with all of the campers. Earl also enjoyed collecting knives and had a very large collection and would always be looking for knives while on vacations. Earl cherished the time he spent with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maxine McFarland; children, Dana Wall and husband Keith and Danny McFarland and wife Suzy; grandchildren, Dustin Bryant and wife Casie, Heather Runk and husband Aaron, Cara McFarland, and Cody McFarland and wife Brook; great-grandchildren, Kade Aaron Runk, Jett Liam Runk, and Rowan Kenneth Runk, Brynna Breeze Bryant; and three on the way; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carrol and Minnie McFarland; brother, Alva McFarland; and sister, Mary Ann Blanche.