David Allen (Dave) Scheidt was born February 10, 1947, in California, Missouri to Raymond and Pauline Knorp Scheidt and entered eternal life on March 27, 2023, in Tulsa, OK.
Dave attended Annunciation Catholic School in California and graduated from California High School in 1965. After graduating from Linn Tech School in 1969, Dave accepted a position with the Cherokee Pipeline Company, which later became part of ConocoPhillips. Dave was Senior Electronic Technician located at the Glenpool Station with oversight of Conoco’s pipeline from Glenpool to Wood River, IL. After 37 years, he retired from ConocoPhillips in 2006. On July 26, 1969, David wed Mary Dolores Bestgen at Annunciation Catholic Church in California. Over the next 53 years, they made their home in Mt. Vernon, Vinita, and eventually Sapulpa where they raised their family, blessed with four children, Bradley, Amy, Julie, and Matthew.
Dave was an avid baseball and football fan, and could always be found, faithfully cheering on the Oklahoma State Cowboys, no matter how bad the season. For almost two decades, Dave was an institutional fixture at OSU football tailgates with the famous “Van.” With his son Brad, he made his way across the Big 12 Conference to away games as well as making post-season bowl games throughout the years. In 2016, Dave, along with Mary, were made Honorary Alumni of Oklahoma State for all their support to the university throughout the years.
Dave was a faithful son of the Church throughout his life serving as an usher at St. Clement’s, as godfather to his niece Jenny, cousin Judy Hurt, and Maggie Weddle, as well as confirmation sponsor to several including most recently for his grandson, Alec. Service to others was a hallmark of Dave’s life as he was a member of the local Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart Men’s Club. He could always be counted on to be delivering smoked meats and food across the community to those in need, especially after his retirement when he volunteered for St. Clement’s Outreach Program.
A rosary will be held Wednesday at 7 PM at Smith Funeral Home in Sapulpa. A funeral Mass of the Resurrection and celebration of life will be celebrated at 10 AM, Thursday March 30, at St Clement’s Catholic Church in Bixby, OK, with the Reverend Fr. Jeffrey Polasek as celebrant. Interment will follow on Friday March 31, at Annunciation Catholic Church Cemetery in California, Missouri.
David is survived by his wife Mary Dolores of Sapulpa, daughter Amy Hefley and husband Heath of Tulsa, daughter Julie Schultz and husband Bruce of Tulsa, daughter-in-law Elena Stemple of Tulsa, five grandchildren whom he greatly loved, Abigail and Alexander Schultz, Cole and Sara Hefley, and Mila Stemple all of Tulsa, brother-in-law Carl Dumsday of Hixson, Tennessee, sister Sandra Scheidt of Atlanta, Georgia, sister Vicki Hoopes and husband Jack of Hanover, New Hampshire as well as nieces Jennifer Granger of Clearwater, Florida, and Mollie Hoopes of Hanover, and nephew Justin Dumsday of Hixson. David was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Pauline Knorp Scheidt, sisters Cathy Ann and Susan, and sons Matthew and Bradley.
The family wishes to express their most heartfelt thanks for all the prayers, thoughts, and best wishes these past few weeks and days. Dave never met a stranger and was always someone you could depend on to be there at your side helping you with whatever you needed. He served as an example of what it meant to be a faithful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. His warm and friendly demeanor and wonderful smile and sense of humor will be sorely and greatly missed by many. Dave will forever be in our hearts and the family takes solace knowing he has now been reunited with his sons, sisters, and parents, all of whom he missed greatly, to forever rest with them in Christ’s peace.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made in Dave’s memory to the St. Clement’s Outreach in Bixby.
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