Shawnee resident Karl Kozel, 91, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Shawnee.
Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Resthaven Memorial Park. Due to Covid19, a P.A. system will be used and friends are asked to remain in their vehicles.
Karl was born March 31, 1929 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Valentine and Mertie Kozel. He graduated from Shawnee High School and later Oklahoma A&M. He married Wanda Zane (Davidson) on June 1, 1950. He worked all of his life as a farmer but also worked at Barton Valve for a short time. He was very active in the community, serving on several boards including The Expo Center, Pott County Fair, N.R.C. School, Rural Water Development, I.F.Y.R., A.S.C.S., Shawnee Tractor Club, and he earned the highest degree available in FFA in 1948. He was member and Deacon of University Baptist Church. He enjoyed grilling, fishing, and collecting and restoring antique John Deere Tractors with his son, Tony.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, an infant brother, and 2 son-in-laws: Frank Guinn and Kevin Lay.
Survivors include 3 children: Marguerite Guinn and Ken McDowell of Shawnee, Videla Dene Lay of Kimberling City, MO, Tony and Michelle Kozel of Shawnee, grandchildren: Matt Guinn and Jan of Mustang, Meredith Dalzell and Luke of Raleigh, NC, Meghan White and John of Davenport, Amy Remington, Adam Stephen, Zane Kozel and Breanna Todd of Tulsa, Zack Kozel of Tecumseh, Nick Madden and Jamie of Dibble, Traci Prough and Kaleb of Macomb, Alicia Swetland and Tyler of Shawnee, great-grandchildren: Aiden and Hallie Elmore, Audry Zane White, Elena Delzell, and Cotton Conner, Riley Madden, Isabella Ricci, Zoiee, Lincoln, and Lennox Swetland, Maci Prough, and Jagger Madden, sister: Valdene Sestak of Prague, nephews: Ross Sestak, Robert and Stacey Sestak, and numerous other nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has designated Shawnee & North Rock Creek FFA Chapters, c/o: John Cope, 4208 Slate Bridge Rd., Edmond, OK 73034 as appropriate for memorials.