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March 25, 1945 - July 28, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Arvon Staats, 69, died July 28, 2014 in Oklahoma City. He was born March 25, 1945 in Tulsa, OK to Herschel and Frankie Marie (Foster) Staats. He was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Korea in 1968-69. He worked as a Systems Analyst for The Daily Oklahoman. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of the Servant since 1975 and was active in his Living Room Group, in care ministries and hospitality ministries. His passions in life were his family, his cousins whom he considered to be his brothers and sisters, his many dear friends and his work to honor all Veterans who have served their country. He was active in VFW Post 1957 as a service officer for several years. To honor his uncle, Sgt. Samuel Fred Foster, who was killed in WWII, he became a military historian and researched the incident that took the lives of 20 U.S. servicemen including his uncle. Arvon then located the sons, daughters, nieces and nephews of those 20 servicemen and told them for the first time of previously unknown details of the sacrifice made by their hero fathers and uncles. His original research was used by two authors who have written books about the Pacific Theater in WWII. Arvon also was dedicated to obtaining military grave markers for 25 Veterans who served in the Civil War, the Spanish American War, WWI and WWII. One of those Veterans who now has a grave marker served with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders. He also located over 200 persons who served with him in Korea and told them for the first time that they were exposed to Agent Orange. A majority of those he located then learned of the cause of illnesses they had, and they then applied for and obtained medical care and other benefits to which they were entitled. He also had a passion for locating persons who had any positive influence in his life and thanking them. Although he hadn't seen them in decades, he thanked several teachers and neighbors as well as many friends he made in grade school, junior high, high school, college, the church he attended as a youth, the Army and even Ann B. Davis who entertained his army unit in 1969. He was a former board member of the Metropolitan Library System and past President of Friends of the Library. He also did volunteer work helping persons living with HIV/AIDS. Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marilyn; son, Terry and wife Asako; uncle, Don Staats; aunt, Dorothy Anderson; step-brother, Donald Mayse; and numerous loving cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any Veterans' service organization, to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or to a church or charity of donor's choice. Viewing will be Thursday, noon to 9pm, with family present from 5-8pm at Mercer-Adams. Services will be Friday, August 1, 11:00am at Church of the Servant, Celebration Center, OKC. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
Published in The Oklahoman from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2014
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