, Muskogee, OK


June 9, 2013

Joe Rector

1937 - 2013

— Joe Rector died June 6, 2013 due to complications of Wegner’s Disease. He was born April 18, 1937 to Jessie Addington Rector and Rennie Rector in Muskogee, OK. Joe played football and basketball 3 years at Muskogee High School, earning a scholarship to OU. High School football coach Paul Young was pivotal in Joe’s character building. At OU, Joe started at End for three years, Co-Captain of the Sooners in 1958, and named to Academic All-American at OU. Three men who influenced him at OU were Bud Wilkinson, Gomer Jones, and Port Robertson.

Joe married Sally Collier in 1958. He spent many years coaching college football at West Texas State in Canyon, TX; University of Oklahoma, and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. From there, Joe worked at First National Bank of Norman, Liddell Enterprises, First National BanCorp, and Rector Realty in Muskogee, OK. While in Muskogee, he was active in Rotary and served on the school board for several years. He returned to OKC in 1989 and resided there until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Raymond. He is survived by his partner, Janice Drewell; son Steve Rector (Lissette), Maya and Isabella; son Jay Rector (Julie) Chelsea, Jackson, Madeleine, and Joseph; daughter Sarah Rector, and her daughter Berkana.

Nothing gave Joe more pleasure than getting together with his Sooner teammates and watching sports on TV. We will miss you, Dad, and your eternal optimism! Boomer Sooner!

For information on upcoming memorial services, please contact Steve at

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