Chris made the journey to spend eternity with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Ardmore, Oklahoma, with his family and friends beside him, after a long fight with cancer.
Funeral services for Chris are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the St. Mary Catholic Church, Ardmore, Oklahoma, with Father Tom Dowdell officiating. T here will be a wake ceremony from 6 to 7 followed by visitation this evening at the chapel of Craddock Funeral Home.
Chris was born April 29, 1943, in Oklahoma City, to the late Sequoyah Euvaughn Trueblood and Amy Mills Tucker. He began his childhood education at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Oklahoma City and later attended St. Joseph Catholic Preparatory School in Muskogee where he was the salutatorian of his junior high class. The remaining of his high school education was at Stroud, Oklahoma. Along with his achievements in academics, he excelled in football, where they were a state contender, a member of the basketball state championship team, and track, which he set a state record in pole vaulting.
Upon his graduation, he joined the United States Marines, and after serving his four-year term, he attended Murray State College in Tishomingo on a football scholarship. There he met his wife of 47 years, Dana Kay Blankenship. They were married in June of 1965. He continued his education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in education.
His many years of coaching began in Texas, Whitesboro being the first, and later Sherman High ISD and Pottsboro High School. The remaining 18 years of his coaching/teaching career was at Lone Grove High School, where he still holds the record for the most basketball wins. One of his former players quoted, "One of the most underrated, intelligent coaches I've known – had a way of getting across to you what was needed to get done." Upon his retirement from Lone Grove Schools in 1999, he enjoyed every facet of life, from being a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a skilled carpenter and loved to help his family and friends with their handyman projects. He also enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden, his Arkansas trout fishing trips, or simply hanging out in the Red Barn cooking and watching OU football games with his many friends, but most importantly, attending his grandchildren's many activities and sporting events.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Landry Michael Swanson; his parents, Sequoyah E. Trueblood and Amy Tucker; in-laws, Robert and Chiquita "Skeet" Blankenship; and a brotherin-law, Bill Beane.
He is survived by his wife, Dana; two daughters, Robin Dillon and husband, Richard, Ringling, and Christi Swanson and husband, Lance, Ardmore; four grandchildren, Logan Dillon and fiancé Keaten King of Ada, Jackson Dillon of the home; and Carter and Cal Swanson of the home; one great-granddaughter, Charley Kay King; two brothers, Sequoyah Trueblood and Tom Trueblood; and longtime friend, Harold Wegner.
Pallbearers will be Harold Wegner, Martin Jacobi, Lester Greathouse, Everett Lawson, Larry Roberts and Ronnie Westfall. Honorary pallbearers will be the many "regulars" of the Red Barn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Spirit of the Tigers Fund, P.O. Box 1709, Ardmore, OK 73402-1709. Condolences can be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.