Glen S. “Poncho” Newburn, 85, a lifelong resident of Wister, passed from this life to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Glen as born June 20, 1927, in Wister to Charley and Helen (Myers) Newburn. Glen married the love of his life, Marry Elizabeth Boyer on Dec. 27, 1945, and shared 56 years before her passing in 2002. Together they raised two children, Glenn E. and Carolyn Ann. Glen proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and was stationed in Japan. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and American Legion for more than 50 years and started the Honor Wall of American Veterans at Bev’s Diner in Wister. He was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Wister and was a deacon for 59 years. Glen retired from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation after 35 years and served on the Wister Fire Department many years before retiring. Glen was known for his piano playing and at the age of 19 sat in with Bob Wills on three different occasions. Glen was loved and will be missed by many. One of his main philosophies of life was, “When you leave this life how do you want to be remembered?” He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dale and Junior; wife, Mary; and grandson, Bradly Thompson.
He is survived by his son, Glenn and Janice Newburn of Red Oak; daughter, Carolyn Newburn and Walter Folsom of Wister; grandchildren, Joe and Stacy Newburn and children, Aaron and Kodi; Bryan and Ola Thompson and children Miki, Hailey and Brad; granddaughter, Randi Thompson; and great-grandson, Jamin Thompson.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde Steelman officiating. Burial will be in Maxey Cemetery, Wister. Pallbearers will be Steve Walden, Lanny Akers, Otis Sloan, Bill Bullard, Mac Essman and Bob Almon. Honorary pallbearers will be Lonnie Wooten, Warren Wann, J.D. Delap, Ike Caudell, Jerry Nelson and Bob Odell.
The family will visit with relatives and friends from 6-8 p.m, Monday at Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.
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