John "Jelly" Carl Standefer died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 79.
A memorial ceremony will be held at the Sterling Senior Center on Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. and at the Sardis Lake Cemetery in Oklahoma at a later date.
Mr. Standefer was a native Oklahoman, born in the Sardis Valley of Pushmataha County on April 19, 1923.
Family and friends knew him for his quiet nature and dedication to Leta Belle, his wife of more than 60 years.
A veteran of World War II, he received an honorable discharge from the Army Air Corps. He loved to fish his entire life and will be well received in heaven as Jesus, too, was a fisher of men. Mr. Standefer also was a VFW member and an Ancient Free and Accepted Mason, Tuskahoma Lodge No. 491.
"He was our masterpiece and will be sorely missed," his family said. "In lieu of flowers, Dad would want everyone to just go fishing."
Mr. Standefer is survived by his wife, Leta Belle Standefer; sons, Jimmy D. and wife, Marilyn, and John Michael and wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Verlon, Sean, Shea, Shara, Dillon, Monica, Rena Megan and John Garland; sisters, Wyvanee, Betty Jo and Lula Mae; and numerous aunts, uncles and friends he considered family.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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