|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1923|
|Death: ||Aug. 2, 1986|
Long-time Wagoner physician, Dr. Howard Dale Tuttle died Saturday, August 2, 1986, at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church with Bishop John Russell and Dr. John Stuckey officiating. Mallett Funeral Home directed burial at Elmwood Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Ronald Nicholas, Fred Yeary, Bob Stuart, Ivan Jennings, Jack Smalley and Everett Stacy. The family prefers memorial to the First United Methodist Church or a favorite charity.
Born April 15, 1923, at Hindsboro, Illinois, Dr. Tuttle originally intended to study veterinary medicine when he entered Oklahoma A & M in Stillwater. He joined the Army in 1943 and was assigned to the medical Corps and trained for a MASH unit.
He graduated from the University of Oklahoma medical school in 1951 and moved to Wagoner July 1, 1952, after having completed his residency in family practice at Wesley Hospital in Oklahoma City. He opened his practice at 110 North Main and over the next several years, delivered more than 3,000 babies.
He had been a member of the medical staff at Muskogee Regional Medical Center, formerly Muskogee General Hospital, since 1953 and performed the first surgery at that facility in April, 1959.
Dr. Tuttle enjoyed his medical practice and it was evident his patients loved him when they turned out to donate blood and give other support after a March 11, 1966 accident which nearly took his life.
There had been a major snowstorm that day and Dr. Tuttle had taken a shortcut home from the Muskogee Hospital by cutting across from U. S. 69 to SH 16 on the section line in front of the old Brick School. He was nearing the railroad tracks when the heavy snow and ice caused a highline wire to snap and fall across the road. He was going to walk to a nearby house but suddenly the loose wire whipped near his head and caused, 7,400 volts of electricity to pass through his body and exit his feet.
The doctor was found completely covered by snow about midnight by a search party made up of his son, Larry, Fred Yeary and Ray Ferguson. It took Dr. Tuttle several months to recover and return to his practice.. He is survived by his wife, Jean of the home; two sons, Dr. Larry D. Tuttle of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Jerry Tuttle of Wagoner; a daughter, Holly Fourmy of Muskogee; two brothers, Emory of Arkola, Illinois and Harold Tuttle of Hindsboro, Illinois; three sisters, Nadeena Tuttle of Olney, Illinois, Adelia Duffle of Chickasha, Oklahoma and Merle McGregor of Tyler, Texas, and two granddaughters.
Obituary provided by Charlotte Stevens Schneider
William Albert Tuttle (1885 - 1968)
Emma Ellen Hanks Tuttle (1886 - 1978)
Jean Elizabeth May Tuttle (1924 - 1992)
Jerry Dean Tuttle (1959 - 2003)*
Nadeena T Tuttle (1911 - 2004)*
Adelia Christine Tuttle Duffle (1913 - 2013)*
Emery Forrest Tuttle (1918 - 1989)*
Howard Dale Tuttle (1923 - 1986)
Harold M Tuttle (1925 - 2001)*
Plot: North Main Row 54
Created by: Charlotte Schneider
Record added: May 17, 2009
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