Claremore Daily Progress

Obituaries

April 12, 2014

Kenneth Wayne DeLozier, Sr.

CHELSEA —

A celebration of the life of Kenneth Wayne DeLozier, Sr., will be 10 a.m., Wed., April 16, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Chelsea. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Chelsea Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Visitation will be Monday from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may also pay their respects on Tues., at the First Baptist Church in Chelsea from 1-7 p.m. with immediate family there to receive visitors from 5-7 p.m.. Kenneth went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thurs., April 10, 2014. He was 82.
Born on Nov. 4, 1931 in Chelsea, Kenneth was one of seven children born to Louie and Beatrice “Bea” (Rathfon) DeLozier. He grew up and attended school in his birth community, graduating with the Chelsea High School class of 1949. During those high school years, he and Loleta Lemon began a friendship that turned into a lifelong commitment of love and devotion. While still serving in the United States Navy, Kenneth and Loleta decided it was time to make that commitment official—marrying in the Epworth United Methodist Church, in Chelsea on May 21, 1953. Kenneth’s military duties required the young DeLozier’s to travel together to Washington State. Kenneth boarded the U.S.S. Helena. Loleta went to San Diego in preparation to be reunited for a brief time before Kenneth’s overseas duty. He was honorably discharged from the Navy and returned to the joys of his young bride and his baby daughter.  They returned to Oklahoma where they made Claremore home. It was during these years that the family grew with the celebrated births of two more daughters and a son. 
He began his work career as a distributer for Meadow Gold milk; servicing many of the local restaurants, schools and grocers. In 1967 he began work as a distributer for the Tulsa World and Tribune newspapers, covering the entire Rogers County area—a career that lasted throughout his lifetime. When he was at the helm of his newspaper distribution, numerous young people and all of his children were taught some of life’s most valuable lessons. Many will remember Kenneth DeLozier as the man who entrusted them with their first job. In 1985 he and Loleta returned to Chelsea to build their dream home on the Chelsea homestead. 

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