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Calvin Rex Gay

Warren Cemetery Photo
Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma

Photo by: Jan Fendley

Obit Posted by Janet Laubhan Flickinger


Gay, Calvin R., 61, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma. 

He was born October 4, 1949 in Moreland, Oklahoma to John and Emma (Powders) Gay.  Calvin was united in marriage on November 17, 2007 in Norman, Oklahoma to Karen Ketchum.

Calvin served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.  While serving, Calvin was a valuable member of the Navy's volleyball team.  During one of the  scheduled volleyball games, Calvin was unable to attend and was threatened teasingly by his commanding officers not to be absent again or he would face a court martial.  His love of sports continued as he began to raise his sons.  He taught his boys how to play soccer and baseball which led to one of his boys playing baseball in college.  In his later years, golf became the sport of choice which he and his boys enjoyed together.  He also enjoyed watching sports with his family and road trips on his Harley with his wife, Karen.  Calvin enjoyed cooking and his specialty was his homemade biscuits, pancakes, hamburger gravy, spicy pretzels and washing it down with his homemade beer.  He was in the commercial doors and hardware industry for 30 years and was currently a project manager for Commercial Glass and Material of Norman.  He was most proud of his boys and their families and was a good friend to all that he knew and will be missed greatly.

Calvin is survived by his wife, Karen of the home; his mother, Emma States; two sons, Brad Gay and wife Toni and Patrick Gay and wife Jennifer both of Washington, OK and their mother, Dee Ann Gay; stepchildren, Ricky Butler and Christi Butler both of Norman; one brother, Bryan Gay and wife Saundra of Edmond, OK; two sisters, Bevenda Birchfield of Washington state and Wynell Hill and husband Tom of Choctaw, OK; four grandchildren, Ashleigh, Alexis, Laney and Riley; his father and mother-in-law, Bill and Carol Ketchum; brother-in-law, Les Kerr; many nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his father, John Gay; stepfather, Ed States; stepbrother, Ben States; grandparents, Herman and Beulah Powders and Maud Gay; and sister-in-law, Kathy Kerr.

The Calvin Gay family would like to offer special thanks to Charlie Scott and the commercial glass family for their love and support throughout Calvin's illness.  Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004. 

Memorial services will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 29, 2010 at Bethel Baptist Church, 1717 W. Lindsey, Norman, OK with inurnment following in the Warren Cemetery under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home.


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