December 1, 2022


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Willis Wayne Cantrell | Obituaries

Graveside funeral service with armed forces honors for Willis Wayne Cantrell will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, with Greg Parks and Dwayne Blevins officiating. Preparations are beneath course of Becker-Rabon Funeral House.

Willis Wayne Cantrell died Monday, June 14, 2021 in Lawton, at the age of 90. He was born Oct. 26, 1930 in Anadarko, to Owen W. and Evia Ivrene (Gibson) Cantrell. The household moved to Lawton where by Willis attended Bishop Faculty, Prairie Lee School and Central Junior Substantial Faculty just before moving to Huntington Beach front, California.

He worked at Lawton Meat Supply in advance of joining the 45th Military Countrywide Guard on Aug. 15, 1950. He executed all of his instruction at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He served in Korea through the Korean War, serving with the 700 Ordnance Light Maintenance Business. His armed service occupational specialties bundled light-weight artillery repairman and mess sergeant. His awards and decorations include the Military Occupation Medal (Japan), Korean Assistance Medal (1 bronze Campaign Star) and the United Nations Support Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army on August 13, 1953. In 2016 he was honored by the 2nd Battalion of the 20th Discipline Artillery Regiment at Fort Sill, for his navy service in Korea.

He married Gay Nell Parks at Faxon, on Dec. 16, 1950. They celebrated their 70th marriage anniversary this earlier calendar year. Together they had three young children, Charles, Johnie and Brent. Next his retirement, he labored at Fort Sill in the Central Meat Plant and later at the Commissary, retiring just after 31 several years as Meat Industry Manager. He was a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church.

He was Cub Grasp of Pack 129 at Whittier Elementary College and labored with Boy Scouts. He coached soccer and baseball at Whittier for various years. Willis and Gay Nell enjoyed touring to Colorado each summer time, expending the final 24 years at South Fork, Colorado. He was a enormous OU supporter.

He is survived by his spouse, of the home two sons and a daughter-in-law: Charles and LuLing Cantrell, North East, Maryland and Brent Cantrell, Lawton a few granddaughters: Michelle and Garrett Floyd, Colorado Springs, Colorado Amy Cantrell, Seattle, Washington Ginger and Patrick Ruberry, Nottingham, Maryland and Tara Everyday, Seattle, Washington 4 terrific-grandsons, a few fantastic-granddaughters just one terrific good-grandson as well as nieces and nephews whom he beloved dearly.

He was preceded in death by a son, Johnie Glyn Cantrell, his mothers and fathers, grandparents, Walter and Gertie Gibson and Owen and Mary Cantrell, his brother, Barney Lee Cantrell and his father-in-legislation and mom-in-legislation, Oscar and Bertie Parks.

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