Cletis Calvin Killian
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Cletis Calvin Killian was born September 2, 1924, in Delhi, Oklahoma to Laura Lufleeta (Groves) and Oscar James Killian. He passed away November 12, 2013, at Sayre, Oklahoma, at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 10
days. Cletis was the sixth of nine children and spent his school years in the Ocina/Delhi area. He graduated from Ocina in 1943. Following high school he joined the Armed Forces and served for three years in the 1876th Engineer Aviation Battalion of the United States Army Corp of Engineers. Most of those three years were spent in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was awarded several medals of honor including the Purple Heart.
Cletis married LuEmma Jane (Sue) McClintic and to this union three daughters were born: Susan Kaye, Cynthia Ann and Janie Rae. On April 12, 1985, he married his sweetheart, Mary Ann (Holcomb) Brewer. Cletis was elected Beckham County Commissioner in 1949, and served Beckham County for 26 years. He has always been an entrepreneur. He owned the first rice allotment in Oklahoma, raised cattle and ran a dairy, raised quarter horses, owned a deep plowing business, owned and operated the John Deere and KECO Radio in Elk City, owned a bridge building company, but is probably best known for the exotic animals he raised. He and Mary Ann entertained bus loads of school children, foreign visitors and locals alike. Killian Exotics was a popular tourist site in Sayre. Cletis was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner. He served on the Sayre Memorial Hospital Board and was named Sayre Citizen of the Year in 2011. He was a member of the First Baptsit Church in Sayre. Cletis loved his family so much and devoted his life to them and to his friends and community. He will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Melvin Killian; three sisters, Eithel Sinor, Juanita Milani and Lois McAdoo; three grandsons, Dustin Spieker, David Steinfels and Bane Brewer. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, of the home; three daughters, Susan Bales and husband, Doyle, Foss, Oklahoma, Cynthia Steinfels, Salt Lake City, Utah, Janie Sullivan and husband, Pat, Waxahachie, Texas; three stepsons,
Bret Brewer and wife, Donna, Woodward, Oklahoma, Blake Brewer and wife, Amber, Elk City, Oklahoma, Brooks Brewer and wife, Teresa, Tulsa, Oklahoma; 17 grandchildren, Michael Spieker, Misty Carter and husband, Keith, Joey Bales and wife Angie, Amy Remmert and husband Kevin, Jane Webster and husband, Todd, Clay Mackey and wife, Shannon, Kylee Campbell, Jayton Bryant, Cody Brewer, Clint Brewer and wife, Courtney, Kyle Craig, Delon Brewer, Branson Brewer, Bryant Eyster, Madison Eyster, Karson Brewer, Cindy Banks and husband Clint, Tracy Terry and husband Seth and Patrick Sullivan and wife Allison; 25 great grandchildren; one sister,
Pearl Baldrachi, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; three brothers, Jim Killian, Albuquerque, New Mexico; J. I. Killian, Eufaula, Oklahoma and Ray Killian, Sayre, Oklahoma; special friends Stephanie Simon and Jane Eakins and a host of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, Shriners Hospital l-800-241-GIFT or the Charity of your choice. Services were held November 15, 2013, at 1:30 pm at Sayre First Baptist Church officiated by Robert Lakey. Burial was at Sayre-Doxey Cemetery under the direction of Rose Chapel Funeral Service. Condolences can be made online at www.whineryfs. com
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