Vernon Ivan Unruh ©Enid News and Eagle March 4, 2011 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Enid--Vernon Ivan Unruh was born May 6, 1922 on a farm south of Goltry, Okla. to Dave and Marie (Wadel) Unruh. Vernon attended Star Center, near Meno, graduating from Helena High School in 1942.
He joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, serving as a crew chief and aircraft engine mechanic. He was stationed in Enid, Okla., Dalhart, Texas, and Frederick, Okla.
After his discharge, he married Virginia McNickle and farmed in the Goltry area.
Later he worked as an oil and gas distributor in Aline. Vernon went to work for Conoco in 1954 as an oil blender, retiring in 1977.
He married Opal Hullet on July 14, 1965 at Woodland Christian Church, Ponca City, Okla. The family moved to Tonkawa in 1967. After Opal's death, he moved to Golden Oaks in Enid.
Vernon is survived by son, Kevin Unruh of Ponca City; daughter, Judy Hullet Wear and husband Steve of Gainsville, Va; son, Connie Mack Hullet and his wife Patricia of Blackwell, Okla; grandson, Marc Wear and his wife Sabrina; great-granddaughters Elena and Cecilia of Alexandria, Va.; brother, Wayne Unruh and his wife Edith of Enid; and his special childhood friend, Emaline Smith of Enid.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Opal; granddaughter, Bethany Wear; sisters, Marcena Johnson and Hazel Pekrul; and brother, Cecil.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today, March 4, 2011 in Rest Haven Cemetery, Ponca City. The memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Golden Oaks Nursing Home Chapel. Chaplain , Shorty Unruh, will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. A memorial contribution may be made to Grace Mennonite Building Fund or Hope Outreach.
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