Dick Crocker, 83 year old Woodward resident went to be with the Lord early Monday morning in his home following a long illness. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, March 10, 2016 in the First Christian Church with Reverend Ralph Boyle and Reverend Troy Hartley officiating. Arrangements are the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Richard Crocker was born August 11, 1932 in Lambert, Ok. to Mattie (Belcher) and Howard Crocker. He attended school in Lambert and Cherokee before moving to Woodward in the eighth grade. He graduated from Woodward High School in 1950 and attended Phillips University in Enid and the University of Oklahoma before graduating from Oklahoma State University He was a member of the first graduating class from Oklahoma State University as it was previously Oklahoma A & M College.
On December 30, 1951 he married his sweetheart and best friend, Dolores Duncan, in the First Baptist Church in Woodward. They remained married for 64 years. To this union, two sons were born, Reggie Dean and Donald Howard.
Dick worked in various accounting positions in several banks and many individual businesses along with his beloved farming and ranching. He served the City of Woodward as city manager for several years before owning and operating Crocker Music in Woodward.
He was a long time member of the First Christian Church of Woodward.
Mr. Crocker served in the United States Air Force for four years before being honorably discharged. During this time he spent 14 months at Frobisher Bay, Canada as a meteorologist.
Before a prolonged illness he was active in both the local Christian Church as well as the Word of Life Ministry Center in Prescott, AZ.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dolores Crocker of the home; one son, Reggie Crocker and wife Patty of Tulsa; one grandson, Paul and wife Lauren of Tulsa; two granddaughters,
Chloe Marie Crocker of Koforidua, Ghana, Africa, and Sarah Katherine Crocker of College Station, TX; two sisters-in-law, Pauline Williamson of Woodward, and Donna Crocker of Onalaska, WA and special friends, Roscoe and Ann Hill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Donald Howard Crocker; his brother, Billy Howard Crocker; his parents-in-law, Don and Chloie Duncan and a sister-in-law, Hollis Boyle.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the music department of the First Christian Church of Woodward or Agricorps in Africa with the funeral home accepting the contributions.
Remembrances may be online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on March 9, 2016