Milton Darrell Ream © Enid News and Eagle 12-03-2009 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Milton Darrell Ream died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, in Cherokee, Okla. He was born Oct. 28, 1938, in Cherokee.
His parents were Harold V. Ream and Geneva Jessup Ream of Cherokee. He graduated from Cherokee High School in 1956. Following high school, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and English from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in December 1959, graduating with honors.
He was a certified teacher in both Oklahoma and Kansas and taught high school in Kiowa, Kan., and Cullison, Kan.
He was an accomplished musician playing several instruments and was a member of the Orchestra of Northwestern Oklahoma.
During his career, he was an instructor in English at the University of North Alabama, Florence, Ala. He furthered his studies at Queens' College, Cadbury, England. He also did scholarly work on the history of the Society of Friends at the University of Oklahoma, where he received a master of library science degree.
He was awarded the designation of certified archivist by the United States Archives, where he worked in Washington, D.C. He was subsequently appointed as a librarian at Bryn Mawr University, Philadelphia, Penn. He returned to the Plains when appointed by the state of Kansas to establish libraries in correctional institutions.
After retirement from the state of Kansas, he returned to Cherokee and served as the city-county librarian.
He was a member of the Society of Friends and served as board member of the American Friends Indian Committee.
Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Neva G. and Allan E. Mitchell of Cherokee and McAlester; nephew, Brian and wife Alicia Mitchell of Cherokee; niece, Amy and husband Terry Harrison of McAlester, Okla.; great-niece and nephews, Anna, Alex and Evan Mitchell and Carson and Nathaniel Harrison, McAles-ter, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and infant brother, Vorhis Dean.
The graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery with Allan Mitchell officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Goodwin Funeral Home of Cherokee. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday with the family present from noon to 2 p.m.
Memorials may be given for diabetes research through Goodwin Funeral Home, Cherokee.
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