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Feb 12, 1935 - Dec 23, 2012 LAWTON Abraham Lincoln Deutschendorf passed from this earth to his heavenly home on 23 December 2012. He was working in his beloved Trinity Baptist Church in Lawton, preparing a meal for several homeless persons and families when he was called to come home to his Father, God and meet His son, Jesus Christ, face to face. Abe was born February 12, 1935, near Cordell, Oklahoma, to John Henry and Anna (Koop) Deutschendorf. He attended school in Cloud Chief and obtained a basketball scholarship to Cameron Junior College in Lawton, and later, Central State University in Edmond. It was while he was attending Cameron that he met the love of his life, Sammy LaRue Thomas. They married in 1956.After graduating from Central State, Abe began a long and distinguished career with the Lawton Public Schools. He served as a teacher, coach, counselor, assistant principal, and was principal at Eisenhower Junior High School for over 25 years.After retiring from LPS, he ran for political office and served as State Representative for west Lawton for 12 years, the full limit of time he could serve.His most important office was that of Deacon, at Trinity Baptist Church. Beginning in the early 1970s, he led mission trips every year to Old Mexico, spreading the good news of God's love to many in that country. He continued in this ministry even to this year. He also led many Lay-Renewal weekends at various churches in Oklahoma and was a lay minister, often providing comfort to families as he spoke at a number of funerals.He lived his Christian beliefs with great faithfulness and integrity, and he allowed the love of God to flow freely through him to all who were around him. He chose to harbor a positive, life-affirming outlook in his heart and life. He was most often genuinely joyful and a true friend and mentor to many.He was a powerful prayer warrior, and his prayers and blessings will follow his family and friends for always.He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sammy Deutschendorf; two sisters, Annie Askins and Lena Snider; and five brothers, Hank, Fred, Sam, Max, and Dean Deutschendorf.He is survived by his son, Jerry Deutschendorf and wife Cindy, Tuttle; daughter, Terri Sherman and husband Ernie, Lawton; four brothers: Paul Deutschendorf, of Clinton; William Deutschendorf, of Foss; Larry Deutschendorf, Louisiana; and Dave Deutschendorf, Kansas; grandchildren: Ty Deutschendorf, of Tuttle; Trisha Deutschendorf Rood and husband Zaq, of Lawrence, Kansas; David Sherman, of Lawton; Amber Gachot and husband Shannon, of Lawton; Travis Brittain, of Lawton; Elizabeth Hayse, of Tuttle; and Dixie Hayse, also of Tuttle; and eight great-grandchildren.Donations may be directed to Trinity Baptist Church, Lawton, and the Mexico Mission Ministry, in care of Trinity Baptist Church, Lawton.Funeral services are pending with Becker Funeral Home, of Lawton.

Published in The Oklahoman from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26, 2012
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