vivid and happy childhood memory of mine is that of my dad, Orben,
opening the front door of our home on a cold winter evening and stepping
out onto our porch to break long, silvery icicles off the eaves. He then
came back into our living room where he handed them to my brother and me.
We happily sat on the sofa (we called it a 'divan') -our mother between
us- and licked the frozen "treats" while our mother read us a bedtime story!
This was, of course, in "pre-polution" days!
Our father, Orben J. Casey, business man and Oklahoma historian, died June
27, 2002 after a brief illness. He was born in Hanna, Oklahoma on February
15, 1917, to John J. and Tennie C. Casey, and grew up in Henryetta. He
received the Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University
of Oklahoma in 1940, followed by the Master of Arts degree, also from the
University of Oklahoma, and the Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City
University. Most of his career was spent in the construction equipment
industry. He retired as Vice President of Finance of the Oklahoma City
Caterpillar dealership in 1982. As historian, he was the leading expert
on the life of Lee Cruce, Oklahoma's second governor. He published numerous
articles on Oklahoma history, including several in the Chronicles of Oklahoma
and Orbit Magazine of the Sunday Oklahoman. In 1989, the Oklahoma Heritage
Association published his book "And
Justice For All: The Legal profession in Oklahoma, 1821-1989" the definitive
history of Oklahoma law. It was highly acclaimed by the Oklahoma Bar Association
and was featured
in its journal on several occasions.
our beautiful mother, in 1940. She died on November 21, 1998,
just a week before their 58th wedding anniversary.
In addition to Orben's and Naomi's 3 children, Jay,
a clinical psychologist, Jan,
(that's me) and
a university professor,
had 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
to visit our mother's
"love- note" to my parents
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