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2800 N Van Buren
Enid, OK 73703
Phone: (580) 233-1400
Fax: (580) 233-1408
James Gelsthorpe

James W. Gelsthorpe

Saturday, September 29th, 1945 - Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
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A Celebration of Life Service for James W. “Jim” Gelsthorpe age 73 of Enid will be 10:00 am Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Ladusau-Evans Chapel. Graveside services will be Wednesday, May 22, 2019 for the family at the Ft. Sill Cemetery, Elgin, OK under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the funeral home.

Jim was born September 29, 1945 in Bloomington, IL to Francis (Dean) and Virginia (Ferne) Gelsthorpe. He passed away May 15, 2019 in the OU Medical Center after battling leukemia for nearly two years. As an “Army Brat,” whose father, a career military officer stationed throughout the world, he attended multiple schools. He was proud of the fact he lived in so many different locations and felt it gave him an outstanding knowledge of the world. Jim himself was an Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War.
Jim graduated from Phillips University, with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education in April, 1978 and taught at Hoover Elementary School before accepting a position with Williamsburg Public Schools in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he taught before returning to Enid Public Schools as the Transportation Director, a position he held for 37 years and retired in July 2018.
Jim married Marlene on June 7, 1985 in Enid, Oklahoma. Jim and Marlene were both educators with Enid Public Schools and were honored to have taught so many students. They had a rich and full life together traveling throughout the world in search of “the next casino.” Marlene was the love of his life and his best friend.
Jim is survived by his wife Marlene and his two children Michael Gelsthorpe (Kimberly) and Michelle Hiserodt (Kurt). He is also survived by grandchildren Sam, Otto, Josie, Leo, Kathryn, and Parker, and brother, Joseph Gelsthorpe (Joanne). He was preceded in death by his father and his mother.

Memorials may be given to Our Daily Bread, Enid, OK, or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home, P.O.Box 3501, Enid, OK 73702 serving as custodians of the fund.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Monday, May 20th, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home
    2800 N. Van Buren
    Enid, OK 73703
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  • Service

    Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 10:00am
    Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home
    2800 N Van Buren
    Enid, OK 73703
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  • Interment

    Fort Sill National Cemetery
    2648 NE Jake Dunn Road
    Elgin, OK 73538
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Leo Dance

Posted at 12:17pm
I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Michelle Zaloudek

Posted at 10:58am
It always made my day when Jim would come to PV to visit the Office. He was so funny and always made me laugh. I will miss him dearly! Thought and prayers are for you Marlene as you guys were such a great team together. May you find peace and comfort in the day ahead.

Michelle Zaloudek
Prairie View Elementary

Parvati Covarrubias

Posted at 10:24am
Denise Covarrubias
Enid High School

Joy Minton

Posted at 10:00am
Marlene and Family,
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Take care!

Darrell G. Floyd

Posted at 09:50am
Jim was such an important and valuable leader for EPS as Transportation Director for many, many years. He did his job with untiring commitment and was always willing to do whatever was necessary in order to make sure that students and teachers got to where they needed to go - safely and on time. I will miss his jovial nature and his friendship. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Marlene and the entire family. - Dr. Darrell Floyd, Superintendent - Enid Public Schools

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