Woodward, Okla. ó Albert Murrell Triplett, 65, of Woodward, died Friday, June 5, 2009 at the Woodward Regional Hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009 in the Elmwood Cemetery with the Reverend Gene Spillman officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Albert Murrell Triplett was born to Coalbert F. Triplett and MaryAnne (Quinby) Triplett on September 16, 1943. The family moved to Woodward when Coalbert was discharged from the Air Force after World War II. Albert attended the Woodward public schools, graduating with the class of 1961. Albert joined the 45th Infantry Army National Guard in Woodward, and completing basic and AIT at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He was a member of the competitive rifle team and was honorably discharged in 1969.
On May 27, 1962, Albert married Wanda Hudspeth in the First Baptist Church in Woodward. Two sons, Mark and David, were born to this union. The couple divorced in 1985 but remained friends and considered each family as extended family.
Albert was co-owner in the family business, Triplett Oil Company, for most of his adult life. Following his dadís retirement, he purchased a truck and drove across country until he was forced to retire due to an injury.
He was a member and past Exalted Ruler of the Woodward Elks Lodge and a member of the tournament team and is a member of the Woodward Moose Lodge.
Albert was an avid outdoorsman. He loved spending time with family and friends at the family cabin in Colorado. He loved to hunt and fish and was a former bass tournament competitor. Albert greatly enjoyed cooking over an open fire and loved to say that "everything tasted better cooked on a grill." Family and friends enjoyed his meals and a glass of his home brewed beer. Albert was a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club. He was a NASCAR fan and former drag racing driver. He loved airplanes and air shows and was a former member of the Skyhawks Flying Club.
He enjoyed working with his hands and building things and was an experienced craftsman with wood or metal. He never had a problem with sharing his expertise with other people. Albert loved to help people and cared deeply about his family and friends and extended family.
Survivors include his sons, Mark Triplett and wife Marsha of Edmond, David Triplett of Alexandria, Virginia; his mother, MaryAnne Triplett of Woodward; one brother, Larry Triplett and wife Pat of Oklahoma City; granddaughter, Randi Kay Prieto and husband Fred of Ft. Collins, Colorado; a great-granddaughter, Alexia Tapia of Ft. Collins, Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and very special cousins, Albert and Ivonna Deweese and many friends.
Preceding Albert in death was his father, Coalbert Triplett and his grandparents, Albert and Lois Quinby, all of Woodward.
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