Lee Roy Swope, 82, of Stigler, Oklahoma, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Jack Montgomery VA Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born June 8, 1932, to Maude Edith and Robert Franklin Swope in Erick, Oklahoma. After Robert was killed in 1939, the family relocated to Holdenville, OK, where Maude raised her ten children, teaching them to work hard and learn from adversity.
Lee Roy volunteered for military service in 1950…joining the 45th Infantry Division (Thunderbirds). He served during the Korean War for 4 ? years before returning home. Soon after his return, he met Mary Elizabeth Shores, and the couple were married on September 20, 1953. Lee worked in the oil fields during the ‘boom’ period in Oklahoma, and he drove 18-wheelers for most of his career, hauling heavy equipment for pipeline construction companies, including: R.H. Fulton, Panhandle Construction, Great Plains Construction, Curran-Houston, Assoc., Molnar, Inc., etc. After retirement, he became active with the VFW chapter in Stigler, honoring the men and women who serve this great country.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers (Andrew and Richard), 2 sisters (Velta and Bertha), his wife, Mary of the home, and grandson, Joshua Keith. He is survived by 1 brother (Edmond), 4 sisters (Jesse, Vera, Beulah, Eula), his daughter, Carri Lee and husband, John Abner; his son, Jerald Keith and wife Kim; and his daughter, Toni Annette. He is also survived by granddaughter, Shannon Elizabeth, and great-granddaughter, Monroe Elizabeth (aka Bug). Additionally, he is survived by second wife, Beverly Royston-Swope, of her home, and her children, Tammy Sicher, David Shouse, Bill Edward Shouse, and their respective families.
The funeral service is scheduled for Monday, May 5, 2014, at 12:00 noon at the Bradley Belltower Chapel with his nephew, Donnie Smith officiating. Online condolences can be left on the funeral home website at www.bradleyfuneralservice.com. Bradley Funeral Services is located at 1020 W. Okmulgee Ave., Muskogee, OK 74401. Interment will be at McMahan Cemetery in Hughes County.
The family would like to thank the hospice staff at the Jack Montgomery VA Medical Center for their skilled and compassionate care.