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Dennis Ray Weaver

Dennis Ray Weaver
August 16, 1940 ~ September 5, 2022

Dennis Ray Weaver was born on the 16th of August, 1940, in Durant, Oklahoma, and peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus on the 5th of September, 2022, surrounded by his family, who will miss him dearly. Dennis was 82 years of age at the time of his death.

Dennis was the second eldest son of Melvin Paul and Lois Vanita (Weger) Weaver of Durant. He was a 1958 graduate of Durant High School and attended Southeastern State College before pursuing a lifelong career as an electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

When Dennis was 19, he met his future wife Lola Mae Cravens and they married a year later on June 3 in Durant. They lived in several cities in Oklahoma and Texas before making their home on the family block on S. 11th, later making their permanent home in Silo. This past June marked their 61st wedding anniversary.

While Dennis was an electrician by trade, he was a mechanical engineer at heart. There was nothing he couldn’t design and construct and almost everything he bought he modified to suit his own needs. In his early 30’s, he built his own boat, complete with a 357 engine, and it was from this boat that his three children learned to swim, ski, and fish. He was a lifetime gardener and some of his family’s most treasured memories are those that revolved around fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping at Lake Texoma and the southeast Oklahoma hills.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Lois, his brother Von Weaver, baby sister Sylvia Weaver; sister Linda (Weaver) McGuire; mother-in-law Geneva Jane Nelson Parker, brothers-in-law Glen Cravens, Gene Cravens, and Troy Cravens, and sisters-in-law Rusty Millhollin, Joyce Westwood, and Betty Manos.

He is survived by his wife Lola of the home; children Dennis L. Weaver and wife Sherry of Durant, Oklahoma, Dana Kuykendall and husband Bill of Dallas, Texas, Diana Force and husband Bruce of Morris, Oklahoma; grandchildren Fallyn Weaver of Durant, Oklahoma, Matthew Weaver of Durant, Oklahoma, Andrew Weaver and partner Jessica Campo of Durant, Oklahoma, Billy Kuykendall and wife Whitney of Dallas, Texas, Erin Kuykendall of Austin, Texas, Jenna Kuykendall of Salem, Massachusetts, Victoria Force of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Abigail Force of Morris, Oklahoma, Kylie Force of Morris, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren Warren Weaver of Durant, Oklahoma, Elijah Weaver of Durant, Oklahoma; sisters Eunice Dickinson and husband Joe of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jeannine Williams and husband Don of Denison, Texas, Marilyn Miears and husband Larry of Daingerfield, Texas; his brother Steve Weaver of Durant, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Houstine Weaver of Caddo, Oklahoma; brother-in-law Tom McGuire of Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as numerous very special nieces, nephews, and life-long friends, who counted knowing Dennis as a wonderfully unique experience.

The family is honoring Dennis’ wishes to be cremated and forego a formal viewing and funeral. However, at some point in the future, the family will host an event to honor his life and legacy and will notify family and friends as soon as a date and location is determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dementia Society of America or the National Wildlife Refuge Association.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Gordon Funeral Home of Durant, Oklahoma. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Centric Home Health and Hospice for their care of Dennis, and especially Stacy, Carman, Carol Ann, and Natalie for their devoted care and friendship to Dennis, Lola, and family.

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