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Woodward County Obituary
Elmwood Cemetery

© Zwanziger Funeral Home
Date unknown
Reprinted with permission
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre


27 May 1927 - 11 Jul 1998

WOODWARD - The funeral for Jack M. Annis, 71, will be 10a.m. Tuesday in the First Christian Church of Woodward with the Revs. Gene Lamb and Kathryn Hayes Sparks officiating. A graveside service will be conducted by Woodward Masonic Lodge No. 1879 and the Woodward VFW Post No. 1335 at Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are by Zwanziger Funeral Home.

He was born May 27, 1927 in Topeka, Kan., to George Franklin and Ethel Moreland Annis and died Saturday, July 11, 1998, at the Woodward Hospital and Health Center.

He grew up in Freedom and graduated from Freedom High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 793rd Military Police Unit, Intelligence Operations Battalion. He was stationed in the Palace of Justice in Nurenburg, Germany, during the Nazi war criminal trials. Following the war, he returned to Northwest Oklahoma and served as assistant chief of police in Alva and as police chief in Woodward from 1952-55. He then joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Western District of Oklahoma.

He was also on the protection and safety squad of several U.S. Presidents and foreign diplomats. During this time, he attended OCU Law School, earning his JD in 1961. He worked as a probation and parole officer for the Western District while in law school.

He moved to Buffalo, where he served as county attorney for Harpoer County. In 1964, he moved to Woodward where he started his private law practice. He served as municipal judge for Woodward for 39 years.

He was a member of the Board of Regents for Oklahoma Colleges from 1972-90, serving three terms as president. Hw was an active member of the Woodward Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the India Temple Shrine, the Jesters. He also was a member of the Woodward Elks Lodge No. 1355, the Woodward Moose Lodge No. 452, the VFW Post No. 1335 and the Woodward Rotary Club.

He is survived by three sons, John Annis of Washington, ILL., Michael Annis of St. Louis, Jack Annis of Tulsa; two daughters, Jacqueline Hickman of Woodward, Jennifer Annis of Tulsa; one brother, Max Annis of Austin, Texas; one sister, Nina Guffey of Oklahoma City; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Transportation Fund, the Shriner's Hospital for children or the Woodward United Fund, with the funeral home serving as custodian of the funds.

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