- Ada, Oklahoma


July 17, 2014

Rev. Marion Holt Sodeman

Ada — Services for the Rev. Marion Holt Sodeman, 97, of Ada are at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Pat. Kilby and the Rev. John Haynes will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Criswell Funeral Home.

The Rev. Sodeman died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at an assisted living center in Ada.

He was born June 28, 1917, in Edgerton, Missouri, to William R. and Jessie Lee Calvert Sodeman. He attended Mt. Zion grade school in Edgerton and graduated from high school in Edgerton, Missouri. He and his family moved to Ada in August 1948 from Mountain Grove, Missouri.

He married Nita M. Simmons on Aug. 2, 1939, in Warrensburg, Missouri. She preceded him in death on March 22, 1999, in Ada. He later married Mary Catherine Close on Aug. 12, 1999. 

The Rev. Sodeman attended East Central University, Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas. He served as a minister for 44 years.

The Rev. Sodeman pastored churches at Lovelady; Stonewall; Fittstown; Nashua, Missouri; Maud; Pawnee; Konawa; Orofina, Idaho; Centralia, Washington; Billings, Montana; and Queen Valley, Arizona. He was an associate pastor for hospital visitation and crisis situations at the Ada First Baptist Church in 1978-1979. 

Survivors include his wife, Mary Catherine Sodeman, of the home; two daughters, Meredith Wort and husband, John, of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Janis Kidwell and husband, Loy, of Ada; his grandchildren, Alden Kidwell and wife, Kelly, Thomas H. Kidwell and wife, Kimberlee, Marian Kidwell Souza and husband, Ricardo, Janalee Jordan Meldrum and husband, Vince, Ashley Jordan and wife, Laura, and Justin Wort and wife, Heather; 17 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Nita Sodeman; two brothers; and a sister.

Bearers will be his grandchildren.

The family says those who wish may make memorials to the First Baptist Church, Falls Creek Cabin, 521 S. Broadway, Ada, OK 74820.


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