Leroy Rudisell of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, went home to his Savior, Feb. 27, 2019.

Leroy Rudisell of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, went home to his Savior, Feb. 27, 2019. He often said that the priorities of his love were God first, then family and then Country.

Leroy was born Oct. 5, 1925, to Roy and Mary Rudisell. He and his sisters were raised by his mom with little to nothing, but she always relied on the Lord to provide and protect which He faithfully did. Leroy received Christ as his personal savior at an early age, and was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Tecumseh.

After attending Hominy High School, he worked to help support his mom. He was drafted at age 19 and served in World War II. His assignments included Infantry Basic Training (Pvt), Rifleman (Pvt), and Light Mortar Crewman (Sgt). Decorations included Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon and 2 Overseas Service Bars.

After his military discharge he met the love of his life. He married Bea Cathey on Oct. 5, 1947. Thus began 71 years of love. He would often be heard coming up to Bea saying “Have I told you I love you today?” or “I don’t think I’ve had my kiss today.” Their favorite song to sing to each other was “You are my sunshine.” And they always said “Now I lay me down to sleep” together every night.

Preceding him in death were his father Roy Rudisell, his mother Mary Rudisell, his brother Eddie, and sister Mildred Richardson.

He is survived by his beloved wife Bea Rudisell, daughter Sharon Freeman and husband Jack of Lawton, son John Rudisell of Tecumseh; his grandchildren, Jamie Clarke and husband Hayden of Frsico, Texas, Leslie Hamby and husband Matt of Tuttle, Erin Wonder and husband Jason of Henrietta, Texas; great grandchildren, Davis and Devyn Cullen (and their father Bill Cullen) of Frisco, Lily and Lyndi Hamby of Tuttle, Oklahoma; and Charlie and Stella Wonder of Henrietta. He is also survived by a sister, Helen Lampkin of Jenks, two nieces, Pam Richardson of Tulsa; Janie Fritch of Glenpool; and nephew Jeff Richardson of Tulsa.

Arrangements are being made by Coopers Funeral Home in Tecumseh. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 6. Family gathering to greet friends and family will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6.

Services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at First Baptist Church of Tecumseh, followed by military honors at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Baptist Church for their building fund. Their address is 301 S. Broadway, Tecumseh, OK 74873 in remembrance of Leroy Rudisell.