Brother James "Babe" Standerfer, 89, of Arkansas City, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at his residence.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Parker Cemetery. Friends can greet the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials have been established for Trinity Baptist Church and Rivercross Hospice. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.
Babe was born April 4, 1930, to Jim and Maudine (Arnett) Standerfer, in Hartshorne, Okla. He was reared and educated in Haileyville, Okla.
He married Norma Maddux on Jan. 27, 1951, in Fort Smith, Ark. The couple made their home in Wichita for a few years before settling in Arkansas City in 1954. Babe experienced his second birth on Oct. 26, 1956, and started his walk with the Lord. Brother Babe was a preacher for numerous different churches throughout his life, the most recent being Trinity Baptist for 15 years. Although his main goal in life was spreading the word of God, Babe had many other talents as well. He was a roofer, carpenter and mechanic, but more important, a husband, father and grandfather. Babe was also a well-known Oklahoma University fan. He was always wearing the crimson colors proud.
Brother Babe was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Jane and Jimmie Dean; two brothers, Buddy and Corky Standerfer; a son, Jim Standerfer; and a grandson, Mark Standerfer.
Survivors include his wife, Norma, of the home; daughter, Linda Brinigar and husband, John, of Winfield; sons, James Standerfer, of Ponca City, Okla.; Larry Standerfer and wife, Nelda, of Arkansas City; Shawn Standerfer and wife, Sarah, of Arkansas City; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-great-grandchildren.