Almon “Al” Underwood


Underwood, Almon obitAl Underwood, 85, of Oklahoma City Oklahoma passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014. He was born August 20, 1929 in Stratford, Oklahoma to Almon and Aver Underwood. He was the eldest of three boys.

Al graduated from Stratford High School. He then continued his education to attend Oklahoma State University as a freshman, and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Education at East Central State College. He finished his Master’s Degree in Administration at the University of Oklahoma where he continued work on his Doctorate.

In 1955, Al married the love of his life Janis Berry. Al continued to teach, coach, and eventually become principal in Ninnekah, Oklahoma where they began their family. He became Superintendent of Schools at Ninnekah and then moved to Newcastle, Oklahoma where he was Superintendent. Al changed positions to be the head of Adult Education at the State Department of Education where he retired.

Al played baseball in high school with his brothers and continued his baseball career into college. Al was an avid sports fan of OU, OSU, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He cherished his wife Jan of 59 years, his children, and especially his grandchildren Cory, Alexis, and Missi. “Papa” was always there when they needed him and always showed interest in anything they were doing. He valued education and each time before they left after visiting him he would always say, “I’m proud of you!” He was the eternal optimist and always made everyone feel special.

He was preceded in death by his parents Almon and Aver Underwood, brother Jerald Underwood and sister-in-law Dorothy Underwood. Al is survived by his wife of 59 years Jan Underwood, daughter Kim Treece and husband Dean Treece of Edmond, Oklahoma, son Tim Underwood and partner Gene Strange of Studio City, California; grandchildren Cory Treece and Missi Treece of Broken, Arrow Oklahoma, and Alexis Treece of Edmond, Oklahoma. He is also survived by his brother Dean Underwood and wife Dana Underwood, brother- in- law Ed Berry and wife Debra Berry, sister-in-law Kathryn Weddle-Baine and Neil Hawthorne; his numerous nephews and nieces, Chad Berry and wife Kim Berry, Lindsey Smith and husband Sean Smith, Lisa Prentiss and husband Kent Prentiss, Chris Moore, Terry Underwood and wife Susan Underwood, Mark Underwood and wife Diane Underwood, and Blake Underwood and wife Karen Underwood and numerous great-nephews and nieces. He is also survived by his wonderful relatives and friends of Ninnekah, Newcastle, and Sutton Place in Oklahoma City of whom he enjoyed all their friendship and support through- out the years.

A special thank you to the special caregivers Fabrice, Maria, and Diane of whom were such a comfort.

Memorial Services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on September 17, 2014 at Matthews Funeral Home 601 S. Kelly, Edmond, Oklahoma.

Memorial Contributions can be sent to Integris Hospice Home, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


  1. Jan: I am so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and if there is anything I can do, please, just call me. You have always been like family to me, but you know that. Al will be missed by a lot of people and this world is a better place because he was here.

    Jan, I hope to see you tomorrow.

    Love and Blessings,

  2. Dear Jan & family,
    I was so sad to read my all time favorite boss had passed away. I adored him, and yes he was the eternal optimist, and he always made me feel special. He gave me some lifelong advice that I will never forget. He complimented me on my work, and was the sweetest man I ever had the pleasure to work with. When I would try to complain about anything, he would look out his office window and say, “Look Judy, the birds are singing and the sun is shining.” My memory of him brings a smile to my face, and I use this quote often.

    I am so sorry I could not attend the memorial services, because I lost my dad on Sunday, Sept 14, and his services were the same day & time. Sept. 17 at 10am. Dad died at the age of 94, his obit was in paper on Sept. 17, “Raymond O. Wall” Just like Kim, I was a Daddy’s girl. I will miss them both very much. I always bragged on your Dad, and one day someone asked me “Doesn’t it bother you because he repeats everything?”, and my reply was, “Of course not! Isn’t that what a great teacher does, repeat, repeat, repeat…… Besides that, I’m sure he knew I was ADHD, and it probably did not register the first time. I loved him dearly, and so sorry I could not attend.

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