John L. Wollaston was born on June 10, 1923, to Herbert Lee and Josephine Wollaston in Collinsville, Oklahoma.  John, his wife, and two sons moved to Ardmore in 1959. He and his wife left Ardmore to spend their golden years in the country near Nebo in 1969. Because of his failing health, John became a resident of the Ardmore Veterans’ Center in 2006. He died there Wednesday, November 24, 2010.


John L. Wollaston was born on June 10, 1923, to Herbert Lee and Josephine Wollaston in Collinsville, Oklahoma.  John, his wife, and two sons moved to Ardmore in 1959. He and his wife left Ardmore to spend their golden years in the country near Nebo in 1969. Because of his failing health, John became a resident of the Ardmore Veterans’ Center in 2006. He died there Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

 

During World War II, John served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a glider mechanic. He was stationed in the European Theater of Operations where he participated in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He received the EAME Theater Ribbon, Two Bronze Service Stars, the American Theater Ribbon, and the WWII Victory Ribbon.    After discharge from military service John began his lifelong career in the oilfields of Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.  He retired in 1983, after spending thirty years as a drilling mud engineer, with much of that time being spent in the oilfields around Ardmore. John was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge in Great Bend, Kansas.

 

John married Mildred Marie Whitmire on January 11, 1942, at Claremore, Oklahoma. They were married for 54 years at the time of her death on September 25, 1996.

 

John is survived by two sons, Johnny Wollaston, Midland, Texas, and Jerry Wollaston, Ardmore, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, John Wollaston, stationed in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, David Wollaston of Midland, Texas, Willie, Danny and Matthew Wollaston of Ardmore, Kristie Brown Kelly of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Jeff Brown of Pantego, Texas; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister Faye Jean Ferrel of Claremore, Oklahoma.

 

His parents; wife; and daughter, Barbara Lee Brown preceded him in death.

 

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of the Ardmore Veterans’ Center who give care and support to those who sacrificed so much for this country.  

 

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Roger Wood, are scheduled for Monday, November 29, 2010, at 11 a.m. in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.