Richard Alexander “Sam” Birchall was born Oct. 30, 1949, to Laura and Ed (HoHo the Clown) Birchall.
He died suddenly and quietly at home Aug. 4.
Though named for two grandfathers, he was known as Sam throughout his life.
He was the third of six children.
Upon graduation from Putnam City High School in 1968, he enlisted in the Army, completing two tours of duty in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star.
Sam’s deepest secret was attending Oklahoma State University majoring in History/Economics.
He also obtained a teaching certificate from University of Central Oklahoma.
He married Janet Schwab in 1972.
They had three daughters.
His work career included retail, horticulture, education and business owner.
He was currently employed at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Sam was a lifelong OU fan, continuing to bemoan the ‘56 loss to Notre Dame, which he witnessed as a seven year old.
He loved any sport with a ball.
His grasp of details was as sharp identifying horticultural pests as analyzing battlefields.
He was an avid traveler and voracious reader.
Whether in sports or music his most gratifying experience was to watch his daughters play.
Sam was a gentle and tender caretaker to his mother and quick to help others in need.
He is survived by wife of five years, Carol; daughters Cathie, Stephanie and Ann; stepsons Jerry and John (Richelle) McKinley; sisters/brother-in-law Marian Smith, Jane Bryson and Richard (Olga) Stone; siblings Bill (Patti), Michael, Regina, Dan (Sami) and Charmagne; 16 nieces and nephews; 15 great-nieces and nephews; BFAM Will (Debra) Marshall, two cats and one grand dog.
He attended St. Charles Catholic Borromeo Church.
Sam leaves a host of friends who will miss his quirky humor, intentional malapropisms, infectious laugh and bright mind.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Grace Episcopal Church in Yukon.
In lieu of flowers, donations to OMRF are requested in Sam’s memory.
Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son funeral Home and Cremations Services, Yukon.
Richard Alexander Birchall, 69, died Aug. 4. His services will be 10 a.m. Aug. 9 at Grace Church. (Yanda and Son)
Roy Ray Cooper, 85, died Aug. 3. Services will be 2 p.m. Aug. 17 in the chapel of Yanda and Son Funeral Home.
Robert Bruce Jones, 80, died July 31. His funeral was Tuesday. (McNeil’s)
Michael Clovis Law, 65, died Aug. 1. Services are private. (Yanda and Son)
Carol Nelsyne Miressi, 75, died Aug. 4. Her funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of McNeil Funeral Service, Mustang.
William “Bill” Montgomery, 87, died Aug. 2. His funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Smith and Turner Mortuary.
Floyd Arnold Whittenberg, 77, of Yukon, died Aug. 2. His funeral was Tuesday. (Asa Smith, Harrah)