Gary Lee Shreck


A life well lived describes Gary Lee Shreck. To Paulette Patten Shreck, his wife of 51 years, he is the love of her life who could always make her laugh. His children, Brett, Garrick and Tiffany, know that his love of God gives them a legacy for their children. His former students call him "beloved." Gary was a man among men, one not often encountered in our world.
Gary was the son of Charlie and Edna (Vanderpool) Shreck, and grew up in Blackwell. Okla., with his younger brother, Leo. He earned a doctorate degree in education, and became an educator - a professor for 36 years at Oklahoma Christian University - who taught future teachers. He served as the dean and the chairman of the department for many years. Students describe him as an encourager, ready with a smile, and an inspiration. Gary was named into the OC Master Teacher Hall of Fame in 2018.
Teaching God's Word was the story of Gary's life. While a professor at Oklahoma Christian, he and his family took students on mission campaigns for 17 years, to Yugoslavia and Hungary while communism still reigned. Hundreds of students were influenced by him, with many becoming teachers and missionaries. He was also the sponsor of the Vienna Studies Program in 1987.
When he retired from OC, he did not retire from spreading the word of God. Gary had a heart for people, and he began to participate weekly in the prison ministries for Memorial Road Church of Christ. He poured into the lives of these inmates, taking copious notes so he would remember what was on their hearts from week to week. He prayed faithfully.
As much as his godliness, he is remembered for his humor. Whether he was making you laugh as you played the family favorite of "Bobity Bop Bop," or giggling with his many grandchildren, he made you smile. His smile was contagious.
Gary is survived by his wife, Paulette, and his three children and their spouses, Brett Shreck and wife, Keli, Garrick Shreck and fiancée, Ashley Sellers, and Tiffany Shreck Smith and husband, Norm; his brother, Leo Shreck; and grandchildren, Kassidy, Natalie, Benjamin, Nicholas, Gloria and Moses Shreck, and Hannah, Fisher, Isaac, Essie, Annie, and Gabriel Smith; his sister-in-law, Patty Gail Patten, and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister-in-law, Claudette Patten Dills, and her husband, Harold Dills.
Gary's memorial will be 10 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, with interment to follow. There will be a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2019, at Matthews Funeral Home, with the family present.
Published on March 26, 2019
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5 posts

One sweeden
Mar 28, 2019
You were an very special person . Love you always
Becky (Kletchka) Hilt
Mar 28, 2019
Dr. Shreck was one of my professors at OCC during the 1980s. He was a wonderful man with the kindest heart. I am sorry for your loss as there is no way to replace a godly, compassionate man of his stature. Praying for peace to descend on you at this time.
Don Sanders
Mar 28, 2019
I love this good man. He and Paulette took me in to live with them after a serious knee injury at OC. I lived like a king and enjoyed great meals from Paulette. One of our funny memories was when Gary read the label on a package of Bologna. From then on we reminded each other that "Beef Lip Boloney" was our favorite food. I miss him. God bless you all
Bradford and Nicole Smith
Mar 28, 2019
We love you all, and are praying for peace during this time. May the love of God, family, and friends surround you!
Scott Williams
Mar 27, 2019
Great guy with an infectious laugh. My condolences.