Funeral services for Kenneth Ray Estep, 77, of Purcell will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.
Mr. Estep passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019 in Purcell.
Kenneth was born September 18, 1941 in Purcell. He was the oldest of two children born to Vivian “Dick” Estep and Annette (Milford) Estep. Kenneth grew up on a dairy farm, located north of where Purcell Municipal Hospital is today.
As a young man he learned how to work hard and he kept that same work ethic throughout his life. He attended Purcell schools and graduated from High School with the class of 1959.
Kenneth later met and married the love of his life, Linda June Cypert. They were married on July 30, 1962 in Purcell and together raised five children while living in the Purcell and Wayne area. Kenneth first worked at the Purcell Post Office, later he delivered milk for Estep Dairy in Purcell and Borden’s Milk out of Norman. Then in 1968, he went to work at Tinker Air Force Base and remained there for 24 years, retiring in 1992.
After retiring from Tinker, Kenneth had various other jobs over the 10 years in the Purcell area. Throughout his life, Kenneth enjoyed fishing, hunting and raising sheep. While his children were growing up, he raised and sold show sheep. And he helped his children raise and train their sheep while in FFA. Most of all, Kenneth loved gardening and especially enjoyed raising roses.
For many years he was an active member of the Purcell First Baptist Church. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them when he could. He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick Estep in 1994 and Annette in 2007 and his in-laws, June and Lee Cypert.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Estep of the home in Purcell; five children, Kenna Clark of Burleson, Texas, Lori June Dudley and husband, Virgil, of Council Hill, Okla., Sally Maynard and husband, Than, of Purcell, Rae Anne Eisman and husband, Michael, of Lexington and Micah Estep of San Diego, Calif.; one sister, Claranna Morton and husband, Jack, of Ft. Smith, Ark.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; several cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
Online condolences may be made at wilsonlittle.com.