Col. Raymond D. Toothaker, a longtime resident of Okmulgee, died Saturday, April 14, 2018. He was born March 7, 1931, at Van Buren as the second of five children born to Everett and Edna (Sallee) Toothaker, who preceded him in death, as well as a brother, Allen Ray, and infant sister, Alice Ann.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 67 years, 9 months and 14 days, Connie Ruth Roberts Toothaker. They started school together in first grade at Van Buren. They were married on July 1, 1950, in Van Buren. He is also survived by a son, Dr. Randy Toothaker of Marion, Iowa; daughter, Sandra Attebury of Jenks; grandsons, Matthew Smith of Edmond, Christopher Toothaker of Denver, Nathan Toothaker of Marion and Everett Toothaker of Marion; granddaughter, Isabella Toothaker of Marion; brothers, Jack Toothaker of Van Buren and Ronnie Toothaker and wife Barbara of Fayetteville; sister-in-law, Norma Jean Toothaker of Van Buren; several nephews and nieces and many, many friends.
Raymond was a longtime postal employee, retiring as the Okmulgee postmaster in 1986.
He was a retired Army colonel, serving over 39 years in the regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserves. He served with the 10th Field Hospital at Wurzburg, Germany, and the 24th General Dispensary at Schweinfurt, Germany, during the Occupation Days of West Germany. He also served at Army posts in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Medical Service Corps School at Brooke Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, the Basic and Advance Infantry Schools at Ft. Benning, Ga., and many other military schools to include the Navy’s Counter Insurgency School at Coronado, Calif.
Raymond served on the Creoks Mental Health Board, was a member and president of the Okmulgee Cemetery Association, was a volunteer of the Okmulgee Hospital Auxiliary, member of the VFW and American Legion and life member of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States. He attended the First Baptist Church with regularity until health did not permit.
A funeral service was April 17 at the First Baptist Church of Okmulgee with Dr. Dennis Taylor and the Rev. Jerry Fielder officiating. Interment was at Okmulgee Cemetery.
Casketbearers were Darrell Wright, Ken Wilson, Henry Stone, Jack Crenshaw, Bruce Attebury and David Wright. Honorary casketbearer was Tim Boone.
Arrangements were entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Raymond’s tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com.