Stillwater News Press


January 6, 2014

Larry Vaughn Leka

Larry Vaughn Leka, a longtime Yale area resident, passed away early Monday, Jan. 06, 2014, in the Stillwater Medical Center at the age of 73 years.

Memorial services have been entrusted to the care of the Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Yale and will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday in the First Baptist Church, Yale with Pastor Barry Richards officiating.

The son of the late Vaughn Leka and Ruby (Olive) Leka, Larry was born on Dec. 31, 1940, in Cushing.  He grew up in Yale, attending and graduating from Norfolk Schools.  Following high school, Larry moved to Okmulgee where he attended Oklahoma State University Technical School. He graduated from there studying autobody and automotive restoration. While living in Okmulgee, Larry met the love of his life, Johnita McCoy. They were married on Dec. 9, 1962, at Johnita’s parent’s home in Okmulgee. They made their home on a farm in Yale, where they have lived for over 50 years.

Larry had most recently been a member of the First Baptist Church in Yale, but had also been a member and song leader at Council Valley Baptist Church, Oak Street Baptist Church in Cushing, and First Baptist Church in Drumright.

Larry worked most of his life farming and doing automotive restoration. He was a member of the Tulsa Cacti & Succulent Society and the Indian Nations Pontiac & Oakland Car Clubs.

Larry is survived by one son. Laurence Leka of Yale; daughters Lynda “Lori” Martin and husband Kenny of Yale, Heather Leka of Yale; grandchildren, Loranda Baker and husband Kurt Baker, Kyle Martin and wife Morgan, Nathaniel Leka, Logan and Keegan Martin; and great-grandchildren Kyler and Lettie Martin, Wesley and Ethan Baker.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his wife Johnita, one granddaughter, Lyndsey Martin, one brother and one sister.

Condolences and an online guestbook are available at


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