- Ada, Oklahoma


June 14, 2014

Claude Arterburn

Ada —  Graveside services for Claude B. “Popa”  Arterburn, 89, of Ada, are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Earl Hood will officiate.

Mr. Arterburn died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at his home with family at his side. He was born March 21, 1925, in Oilton to Millard O. and Clara Bell Cruzan Arterburn.

He married Ethelyne Tatum-Houchen on Oct. 8, 1983, in Noble. She preceded him in death on March 9, 2004, in Ada. Mr. Arterburn was retired from Hodges Car Wash in Ada. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his three children, Judy Houchen, Shirley Phillips and husband, Gary, and Clareca Bishop, all of Ada; his 11 grandchildren, Doyalyne Gardner, Mark Goodwin, Kenny Lam, Kim Lam, Kaye Moril, Shawna Poe, Jake Houchen, Ashlee Douglas, Scotty Houchen, Michael Lawrence and Dustin Bishop; 18 great-grandchildren, Leonda, Kurtis, Kelsey, Rachelle, Anna, Teresa, Kevin, Michael, David, Julie, Tiffany, Chance, Skyler, Brody, Kurtis, Addison, Jaxson and Kia; 11 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Noreen Fluegel of Plymouth, Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ethelyne; a son, Punch Houchen; a daughter, Debbie Houchen; and two grandchildren, Ray Creech and Davia Fritcher.

Bearers will be his grandchildren.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

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