Tahlequah Daily Press

January 8, 2014

Leonard Leroy “Len” Windle Jr.


CHELSEA — Services celebrating the life of Leonard Leroy “Len” Windle Jr. will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Chelsea High School Gymnasium. Burial will follow at GAR Cemetery, Miami. Len passed away on Friday, Jan. 3. He was 59.

Born Dec. 21, 1954, in Miami to Leonard Leroy and Carol (Manley) Windle, Len was reared and educated in his birth community. Following his graduation from Miami, he continued his education by attending Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

During this time, Len married his high school sweetheart, Karen Marie Weber. They moved to Stillwater and Len finished his college degree there. Len coached in several areas, including Velma-Alma, Konawa, Lexington, and Pryor, and finished his coaching career as head coach of the Chelsea Dragons.

Len was devoted to those young people he coached throughout the years and he enjoyed every minute of it. He taught himself to play the guitar and joined his church’s praise and worship team. He also took up painting and became quite the artist. Len was looking forward to becoming a grandfather, anticipating the arrival of his grandson.

Those family members who survive include his wife, Karen, of their home in Chelsea; his children, Josh Windle and wife Laura of Tahlequah, and Jessica Barlow and husband Dustin of Sallisaw; his parents, Leonard and Carol Windle of Grove; his sisters, Cathy Taylor and husband Denny of Miami, and Diane Warford of Pryor; his sister-in-law, Diane Weston and husband Rocky, also of Tahlequah; and many nieces and nephews and close friends.

Memorial contributions may be made in Len’s name to Chelsea Memorial United Methodist Church, 441 W. 6th Street, Chelsea, Okla. 74016.    

Leave your memories of Len and view his tribute online at www.mmsfuneralhomes.com.

MMS-Payne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 102 W. 5th St. Claremore, Okla. 74017, (918) 341-2487.