Obituary – Kirtley, Philip Dean

Class of 1949

1949 Maroon SpotlightPhilip Kirtley
Philip Kirtley

Football ’45-’49; Football Co-Captain ’48-’49; Wrestling ’45-’49; Perryscope Staff ’48-’49; F. F. A. ’47-’49; Baseball ’46-’49; Senior Class Treasurer ’48-’49.

Philip Dean Kirtley

August 6, 1931 – April 27, 1988

Former Perry resident Philip Dean Kirtley, 56, Sulphur, died Wednesday at an Oklahoma City hospital.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist church of Sulphur. Officiating will be Rev. Hugh Collett and Rev. Jack Oliver. Burial will be at Mount Carmel cemetery in Perry. Memorials may be made to the Guide Dogs for the Blind association or to the American Diabetes Association.

Kirtley was born at Perry, Aug. 6, 1931. He was a 1949 graduate of Perry High School and graduated from Central State University at Edmond in 1957. He received his master’s degree in education from Central State University in 1960 and his degree in Administration from Oklahoma State University in 1969.

He had served as a principal in the Guthrie school system prior to joining the Sulphur schools in 1971. He served as Sulphur high school principal from 1971 until 1986, when he retired due to ill health.

Kirtley was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Sulphur Rotary club, the National Education Association, the Oklahoma Education Association and the Retired Teachers Association.

He and Jo Ferry were married at Edmond, May 31, 1956. Mrs. Kirtley survives.

In addition to his wife, of the home, survivors include one daughter, Susan Kirtley, Dallas, Texas; two sons, Scott Kirtley, Tulsa, and Shan Kirtley, Dallas; two brothers, Bill Kirtley and Larkin Kirtley, both of Perry; five sisters, Clara Pander, Shawnee; Janice Endres and Alice Koch, both of Perry; Mary Bocox, Medford; and Mabel Beasley, Duncan; and one granddaughter.