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Orvan L. (Bickford) Bickford

February 21, 1931 ~ September 8, 2020 (age 89)


Celebrating the life of
Orvan Lavan Bickford, “O.L.” “Bic”, 89, of Claremore, OK, passed away on September 8th, 2020 in his home surrounded by those who loved him dearly.

Visitation will be Thursday September 10th, 2020 6:00-8:00 pm. at Rice Funeral Home in Claremore, Oklahoma

Funeral services will be held Friday September 11th, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Westwood Pentecostal Church. Duane Nelson and Rodney Shirel will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Rice Funeral Home.

O.L. “Bic” was born to Charles and Pearl Bickford on February 21st, 1931. He attended school in Sterling, Kansas. He found his forever love Lorene Hopkins and married her on October 12th, 1950 in Pratt, Kansas. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Polio led to a devastating change of life events and ended his Navy career with an honorable discharge. O.L. demonstrated true resilience in the face of adversity. To care for his family, he learned a new trade and became a draftsman for HARSCO, Co. from 1960-2017. During his 57 years with the company he helped design many coolers that are still in production today. He was a Deacon in the church and taught Sunday School for several years. Anyone that shook his hand will tell you the strength of his unforgettable grip. O.L. had much to be proud of but nothing could compare to the love and pride he had for his family. For years he was a permanent fixture at Sequoyah HS football games cheering on his grandkids and great grandkids. His proudest moments were when one of his grandchildren would simply climb into his lap. He loved making memories with family every year in Branson, MO. He was a man of true faith and honor. A legacy that will live far past his earthly life. “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they are gone, their light remains.”

O.L. is preceded in death by his parents, 13 siblings and his beloved son Gary Bickford.

O.L. is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Lorene Bickford, Son, Donnie Bickford, daughter-in-law, Sherry Bickford, daughter, Rhonda, & son-in-law, Allen Walker, Grandchildren: Steve & Kimberleigh Bickford, Katrina & Bobby Pope, Shannon & Jason Rosiere, Ashley & Greg Presley, Brandon & Alicia Bickford. Great Grandchildren: Trevor & Allie Bickford, Korbin & Abigail Bickford, Kurstin & Brent Beam, Kyleigh Bickford, Landon Lunk, Makayla, Madison & Gavin Pope, Addison & Ava Rosiere, Tatum Presley, and six great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Steve Bickford, Brandon Bickford, Trevor Bickford, Korbin Bickford, Bobby Pope and Landon Lunk.
Honorary Pallbearer: Gavin Pope and Allen Walker

The family of O.L wishes to extend our sincerest thanks to A-VOW Hospice.

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September 10, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rice Funeral Service
631 E. Will Rogers Blvd.
Claremore, OK 74017

September 11, 2020

2:00 PM
Westwood Church
605 Westwood Dr
Claremore, OK 74017

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