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William Miles Coussens

August 17, 1956 — December 9, 2022

William Miles Coussens II peacefully passed into Heaven on Friday, December 9, 2022. Miles was born Friday, August 17, 1956, in Oklahoma City to Bill J. and Angelene E. (Jones) Coussens. He attended Wilson Elementary, Central Jr. High, and Classen High School in OKC before moving to Blackwell, OK in 1972 with his family that now included four siblings. Miles graduated from Blackwell High School in 1974.

He married Julia Fenton in 1978 and they had two children, Steven Miles, and Michelle Diane. Miles worked at Conoco for 18 years as a Senior Research Technician. He graduated Oklahoma State University in 2000 with a Health Sciences bachelor's degree and moved to the Tulsa area. He operated Commercial Flooring Demolition initially with his brother Greg and later his son Steve joined him in the business. Miles designed and built a custom flooring removal machine that could handle the toughest jobs and traveled the Midwest from northern South Dakota to South Padre, Texas.

Miles achieved high success with various hobbies. He became a Master Falconer in the 1970s, flying hawks and falcons for decades, and making custom leather falconry hoods and other gear. Miles bred birds of prey, having hatched the first captive-bred, endangered species Peregrine Falcon in Oklahoma history. He was an avid runner, triathlete, and body builder. In 1990, he took first place in the Midwestern Fitness Championship and received the Best of Show for overall highest placement. He took second place in 1994 in the Red River Classic.

In his later years, he enjoyed searching for native flint tools and old bison skulls, and he learned to knap flint.

He loved being Papa and spending lots of time with his grandchildren.

Miles was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare form of bone marrow cancer, seven years ago, and fought it bravely.

Miles was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and aunts and uncles.

Miles is survived by his two children and their spouses, Steven & Vanessa Coussens and their children Tiana, Gunner, Natalia, Analise and Layla and Michelle & Kenneth Kupp and their children Lindsey, Mackenzie, Madison and Hailey and his former wife, Julia Coussens. He is also survived by all his siblings, Bron & Chris Coussens, Lise Simpson, Greg & Shauna Coussens, and Jon & Cathie Coussens, nephews Hayden & Caitlin Coussens and Reece Coussens, nieces Ellen Simpson and Shannon Coussens and many extended family members. He kept many active friendships over the years with classmates, falconers, and artifact hunters.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Thursday, December 29, 2022, at Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve Event Center, 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd, Bartlesville, OK 74003. The family will be serving lunch from 11am to 1pm during which time we encourage family and friends to share memories, adventures and stories about their time shared with Miles. As part of Miles' Celebration of the Life, please plan to spend the remainder of the afternoon visiting the Western Art & History Museum and grounds attractions that embodied Miles' love for nature, Native American history, and the outdoors.

Arrangements are entrusted to Schaudt's Tulsa Funeral Service & Cremation Care, 5757 South Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK 74145. Family and friends may leave kind words of comfort, special memories, and condolences to the family online at

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, December 29, 2022

11:00am - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve Event Center

1925 Woolaroc Ranch Road, Bartlesville, OK 74003

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