Woodward, Okla. — Bill Gillenwaters, 78 of Kerrick, Texas, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2013.
Services will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Stratford with Interim Minister Jim Smith officiating, and assisted by James Gillenwaters. Interment will follow at Stratford Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Directors.
Viewing will be on Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; and Friday, March 8th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Bill was born to Thurma Ione Stickley and James Virgil Gillenwaters in Harper County, (Buffalo) Oklahoma on December 21, 1934.
He married Donna Clarice Boise on May 29, 1954 in Buffalo, OK.
Bill and Donna moved to Stratford in 1968. Bill worked for Pronger Brothers, Walter Lasley, and Cimarron Feeders and was an order buyer for Wright Cattle Company of Amarillo, TX. He was a rancher.
He was a member of the American Legion, Texas Cattle Feeders and Oklahoma Cattle Association, Board of Directors at A&I. He was a lifelong supporter of 4-H. Bill and Donna were members of the United Methodist Church.
Bill enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and like to fish, play cards and have fellowship with friends and family. His family stated he loved caring for his cattle.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Nina Jean Gillenwaters, Betty Iona Gaston and Vera Mae Price.
Bill is survived by his wife Donna of the home; two sons Duane Lee Gillenwaters and wife Stephanie of Mooreland, OK; James Gillenwaters of Bushland, TX, sister Leota Arlene Campbell and brother Jerry Eugene Gillenwaters. Five grandchildren; Jacy Donn Gillenwaters, Dasan Brody Gillenwaters and Tala Bly Gillenwaters all of Moreland, Ok. Kylee Elizabeth Gillenwaters and Kaiden James Gillenwaters of Bushland, TX.
Memorials may be made to Sherman County 4-H, Murdock School Building Fund and United Methodist Church Fund-Stratford