After nearly a year long struggle with cancer, beloved son, husband, father, Pop-Pop, and friend, Rodney Joe Story laid down his earthly burdens and picked up the heavenly guardianship of his loved ones on Tuesday, January 26, 2021,.
Rod was born November 3, 1966, in Omaha, Nebraska to Leeman and Ora Frankia (Shaw) Story. He was an active member of 4-H through middle and high school, showing cattle and being a member of the cattle judging team. Rod was also active in speech contests which awarded him a trip to Washington DC during his junior year of high school. He carried his 4-H interest forward into his relationships with two of his children, Hunter and Lilly, who were and are active in the group. A lifelong OU fan, Rod attended their football games starting at the age of seven with his grandfather and father, and continued the tradition with his children Trevour, Brick, Kirstie, Hunter, and Lilly which has provided decades of wonderful memories.
Before becoming a member of the Reserves, Rod served six years in the Army as a member of the 45th Infantry Division from 1985 to 1991, where he was awarded the OK Star of Valor and a Meritorious Service Medal, as well as medals for Grenade and Missile Sharpshooter and Rifle Marksman. The motto of the 45th, ‘Semper Anticus’ or ‘Always Forward’, served him well throughout his life, especially in his final battle. He went forward in faith to the very last breath and beyond.
He married his love and life mate, Karmen Rene (Ferris) Story on July 14, 2001; and their marriage was filled with love, laughter, children, grandchildren, and the simple joys and heartbreaks of living as they worked together hand-in-hand, shoulder-to-shoulder. Through the years, along with farming, he worked at Tinker AFB, the USPS, DHS, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He was in the construction rental industry when he was hurt on the job and medically disabled. He then was able to enjoy attending Jamestowne Society meetings with his mother and was elected Jamestowne Society Governor for the State of Oklahoma. He was also a member of the Magna Carta Barons.
Survivors include his wife, Karmen and daughter, Lilly of the home; sons Brick of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Trevour (Ksenia) of Edmond, Oklahoma, Hunter of Edmond, Oklahoma, daughter Kirstie (Bradley) of Luther, Oklahoma, Kolby (Rebecca) of Phoenix, Arizona, his mother Frankia of Meeker, Oklahoma and his sister Pam (Wayne King) of Meeker, Oklahoma; as well as many Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends. His grandchildren - Klarisse, Paige, Torrie, Taisean, Kira, Claira, and Eleanor - were the joys of his life.
Visitation will be Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 12:00-6:00 pm at Boydston-Bailey Funeral Home in Luther, Oklahoma. The memorial service and celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 11:00 am at the First Christian Church of Luther, with Reverend Johnny Melton officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made In Memory of Rodney Story: BancFirst, PO Box 480, Luther, OK 73054.