.Donald E. Sharpe, 94, passed away August 3, 2017. Born January 31, 1923 in Chase, KS at the family farmhouse. Don, born to Roy and Viola Sharpe, was the second youngest in a family of seven siblings, five brothers and one sister. Growing up in Chase, Don enjoyed the farm life while playing all sports including football and basketball. After high school, Don enrolled at Fort Hays State University (Go Tigers!). Don was college sophomore when WWII broke out. Interrupting his college education, Don enlisted in the Navy serving just over three years on the USS Caribou. Don slept every single night of those three years on the Caribou, a supply ship serving in the Pacific mainly around the Philippine Islands. On the return trip home after the war in the Pacific ended, Don stayed on board so he could sail through the Panama Canal. A voyage he remembered fondly. Upon his return, Don re-enrolled back at Fort Hays State University where he joined the Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity. After completing all his courses Don graduated in 1948 with a Business Degree. He not only left Fort Hays with a diploma but also with the love of his life, Marion Witt, a Fort Hays coed. Don and Marion married in 1948. Starting their new life together in Lyons, KS, Don started working in the Oil and Gas industry as a Purchasing Agent, a career that lasted him until he retired in 1985. The oil industry relocated Don and Marion to 8 different cities along the way including stops in Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Missouri and finally Oklahoma. Along this journey they were blessed with three children. Duane, was first then a daughter Janet and then finally another daughter Karen. They all finally settled in Tulsa OK in 1968 where they have been ever since. All three kids graduated high school in Tulsa. Education was important to Don and Marion and they made sure all three graduated from Oklahoma State University.
One of Don’s favorite activities was being a member of the Masonic Lodge along with all five of his brothers. Don was a Mason and then a Shriner for most of his adult life. Don enjoyed sports especially college basketball and enjoyed watching Kansas, Oklahoma State and ORU games. Don and Marion had ORU season tickets for many years and even traveled to Alaska with the team for a tournament. Don and Marion also traveled extensively to many exotic places including Greece, Hawaii, Alaska, Israel, and Europe. On one of their last trips they went to Australia to visit their daughter Karen and spent time in Melbourne, Sydney and even snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef at 70 years old!
In 2010, Don and Marion retired to Zarrow Pointe Retirement Community in south Tulsa where they made many new friends.
Don is survived by his wife, Marion, of 67 years, his son Duane and wife Jackie of Altadena CA, daughter Janet Winslow and husband Jim of Branson MO, and daughter Karen Davis and husband Jeff of Tulsa OK. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Andrew Winslow and wife Whitney, Garrett Winslow, Kelsey Davis, Trent Davis and Ryan Sharpe and two great grandchildren, Lincoln and Claire Winslow.
A memorial service including military honor guard will be held at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in south Tulsa. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his name can be made to Meals on Wheels or a charity of your choice.