HUGOTON. – Lee Deward Stoops, 78, died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at his home.
He was born Sept. 17, 1935 to Earl Lee and Vella Elizabeth (Anderson) Stoops in Hugoton.
He married Vera Jean Drew in 1953 in Hugoton.
He worked in the aerial spraying industry, where he owned and operated Earlybirds, Inc. from 1962 until his retirement in 1996.
He was a former member of the Jaycees, the Hugoton Airport Board and attended the Bethel Friends church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lula May Stoops.
Survivors include his wife; four children: Vera Lee (Stoops) Zabel and husband, Loren, Hugoton, Gene Stoops, Arizona City, Ariz., Sherry (Stoops) Meitler-Wood and husband, Ben, Hugoton, and Gerald "Keb" Stoops and wife Carol, Hugoton; six grandchildren: Erika (Zabel) Shelman, Matt Zabel, Scott Meitler, Kari (Meitler) Stover, Ryan Stoops and Sean Stoops; eight great-grandchildren: Abigail, Kaden and Haley Zabel, Kaylee and Mykenna Shelman, Laela Meitler, Emma Jo Stover and Isaac Meitler; and one sister, Peggy Cotton of Pagosa Springs, Colo.
• Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Hugoton Cemetery with Pastor Steve Harmon presiding.
Memorials are suggested to St. Catherine's Hospice in Garden City. Memorials will be accepted at the Bunch - Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, Oklahoma 73942.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.bunchroberts.com.