Leland Elbert Schibbelhute departed this earthly world on August 4, 2011, at the age of 78, at his home at Catesby, Oklahoma. He was born to Fred and Anna (Lipp) Schibbelhute on May 21, 1933, at the home place northwest of Shattuck, Oklahoma.
Leland was known as the little brother by ten brothers and sisters when he was born. Then finally, he became the big brother to Lou and Melvin. With 13 kids, there was never a dull moment around their house.
He attended school at Highland, which was NW of Shattuck, then at the Shattuck High School, graduating with the great class of 1952.
While in high school, he enjoyed playing center for the football team. He was proud to be a part of the winning football teams of 1951 and 1952. In the 1952 school yearbook he was named the class "Muscle Man." He strived to live up to that the rest of his life.
Leland had to make the decision to take a college scholarship to play football at Panhandle State University in Goodwill, Oklahoma or honor his country by joining the United States Army.
Before joining the Army, Leland decided to go with a harvesting crew, Elmore Harvesters, to see the great United States. He would eventually get to see a great part of it will he was harvesting.
In April of 1955, Leland joined the United States Army and served until April of 1957. While serving Leland was a Engineer Equipment Mechanic Specialist, as well as a Rifle Marksmen. At one time, five Schibbelhute boys were in the armed forces at the same time. The fact that five Schibbelhute boys were serving in the military at the same time was a testament to the dedication to the country. Later, there was a total of seven Schibbelhute men to serve in the military, five served during WW II.
After being honorably discharged from the United States Army, Leland returned to Ellis County, Oklahoma where his lived the rest of his life. He wasn't afraid of hard work, whether he worked on the family farm or worked for others. Most of Shattuck knew Leland when we worked at Dale's Service Station across from the hospital. He took great pride in taking care of other people's automobiles by checking the oil all the way to washing their headlights.
Other jobs Leland had was working for Marlalt's Auto Supply in Woodward and Braum's Farms in Shattuck. Leland always said "a person gained a better understanding of his fellow man when working in the public."
He enjoyed playing the accordion and the harmonica whenever he could. He was self taught on both instruments. He started writing poetry later in life and in 1987, he won the Golden Poet Award. In the early 1990's, Leland traveled to Washington, D.C. ,by himself, and was presented the Golden Poet Award entitled, "Autumn Leaves."
Leland was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers: Fritz, Sam, Victor, Edward, Harvey, Leroy and George Schibbelhute and two sisters, Rosie and Gladys.
He is survived by one brother Mel Schibbelhute of Edmond, OK; two sisters: Elizabeth (Betty) Swallow of Ft. Supply, OK and Lula Mathews of Woodward, OK; numerous nieces and nephews and many, many friends.
Graveside services will be held Monday, August 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Shattuck Memorial Cemetery with Pastor JoAnn Kirkham, of the Sure Foundation Church of God of Woodward, Oklahoma officiating. Music for the service was "This is My Life" by Petula Clark; the family entrusted the Mason Funeral Home of Shattuck, Ok with their services.