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Kenneth E "Pete" Cantrel
Dec 22, 1927 - Mar 8, 2017
Posted by: Ann Weber


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Kenneth E. Cantrel, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and lifelong resident of Bartlesville, OK, died Wednesday in Bartlesville after 89 fulfilling years.

Kenneth “Pete” was born the son of James Clarence and Beulah Eraedna (Spears) Cantrel on December 22, 1927, in Bartlesville. He was educated in the Bartlesville schools, graduating from College High in 1946. Shortly after, Pete was united in marriage with his sweetheart Bertha L. Dye on June 16, 1946, in Kansas. They made their home in Bartlesville and Pete worked at a local service station before starting his 40-plus year career with Phillips Petroleum Co. During his time with Phillips Pete worked at the Research Center where his kids remembered visiting him in the lab. Later he travelled the eastern U.S. checking the effectiveness of Phillips Bird Repellent systems at local and international airports. Pete retired at age 55 and at that time was working with the hazardous waste incinerator operated by the company. After his retirement Bertha and Pete travelled the country visiting state parks and playing golf.

Pete was a good husband, father and provider. He kept busy with work and had many side jobs in retirement which included house painting, cabinet making and working the local car wash in Dewey. He also had his own farm and raised cattle. Although Bertha tended the flower gardens Pete kept a vegetable garden, planted fruit trees and maintained his pecan trees. Fishing for crappie and catfish was his favorite pastime, in his younger years golf and hunting took up much of his time. Pete was outgoing, fun and an avid mall walker. He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.

Pete is survived by his loving wife of the home Bertha; three children Jeannette Davis of Onalaska, TX, Brenda Coover and Ray of Houston, and Kyle Cantrel and Tara of West Columbia, TX; seven grandchildren, Michael, Stacey, Brian, Kim, Kylee, Britney and Kyle E.; seven great grandchildren, Roxanne, Christian, Lisa, Casher, Aspen, Nora and Isabella; plus numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother Walter Cantrell, and two sisters Bernice Matix and Inez Bratten.

Pete’s family will receive friends at the Davis Family Funeral Home, 918-534-3030, 113 S. Osage (Hwy. 75), Dewey, on Sunday, March 12, from 3-5 p.m. Visitation will also be held Sunday 12-5 and Monday 10-12.

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. on Monday, March 13, at Memorial Park Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared with Pete’s family at www.DavisFamilyFuneralHome.com.

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