by Ron Warnick (from Route 66 News, February 15, 2018)
Cyrus Stevens Avery II, grandson of Cyrus “Father of Route 66” Avery and a supporter in the ongoing quest to build the Route 66 Experience museum complex in Tulsa, died Tuesday. He was 85.
Ken Busby, executive director and CEO for the Route 66 Alliance in Tulsa, posted this message on Facebook on Wednesday:
We lost another intrepid soul yesterday. … Cyrus Avery (Cyrus Stevens Avery II), the grandson of the Father of Route 66, passed away at his home. He was 85 years young!! I had the good fortune of working directly with Stevens, as he was called, for the past three years as Stevens, Michael Wallis, and I have been securing funds to build the Route 66 Experience near the plaza that bears his illustrious grandfather’s name. Our work continues in honor, and now in memory, of a man who was devoted to all things Route 66 – the Main Street of America! Godspeed, my friend. …
Fundraising for the Route 66 Experience is ongoing. The Route 66 Experience will contain interactive exhibits, a restaurant and a retail shop within its 42,000 square feet along the Arkansas River. It’s tentatively scheduled to be finished in 2019.
Busby said Rose Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park, which is along the original Admiral Place alignment along Route 66 in Tulsa, is handling arrangements. Rose Hill Memorial Park also is where his grandfather is buried.
No obituary had been published in the local newspaper or on the funeral home’s website, but Busby said services will be at Rose Hill at 10 a.m. Friday, with an informal luncheon at noon Friday at the Tulsa Garden Center.
Avery’s grandfather, Cyrus Stevens Avery, became known as the “Father of Route 66” because in 1926 he recommended the number 66 for the federal highway from Chicago to Los Angeles. A longtime booster during the Good Roads Movement in the early part of the 20th century, the elder Avery also pushed for the establishment of the U.S. Highway 66 Association to pave and promote the highway.
The younger Avery were there in 2008 when the Cyrus Avery Route 66 Centennial Plaza in Tulsa was dedicated in 2008. At the time, Avery said when his grandfather first came to Tulsa in 1904, “the town was without lights and pigs ran through the streets.”
He also said his grandfather’s motto was: “Live with ants in your pants; be curious and look around you.”
(for more, go to http://www.route66news.com/2018/02/15/grandson-cyrus-father-route-66-avery-dies-85/)