Billy B. Slanaker 1924-2014

Billy B. Slanaker was born September 16, 1924 in Hinton, Okla., to Robert W. and Dora Blanche (Smith) Slanaker. He passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Willow Creek Health Care in Guthrie, Okla., at the age of 90. Bill got his first job at age 13 carrying glass water jugs by pony to traveling wheatthreshing crews; at age 15 he took a job running a wagon that hauled bundles of wheat to a threshing machine. He and his crew were gone from home for a week at a time, working from sunup to sundown sleeping in the bundle wagon. Bill graduated from Hinton High School. He married Helen M. Dieball April 27, 1944 in Clinton, Okla., and she preceded him in death November 10, 1999. At the age of 24, Bill was able to purchase his first farm and has lived on that farm ever since. Bill’s love for the land is what kept him working those long days. At the time of his retirement Bill was the oldest farmer in the area. He later married Willene Lee Smith on January 17, 2001 and she preceded him in death August 23, 2011 in Hinton, Okla. Bill was a board member of the Soil Conservation, the Hinton Schools, and attended the First United Methodist Church in Hinton. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Blanche Slanaker, his two wives, Helen and Willene, two grandchildren, Heath Ryan and Ashley Kaye Fuhr, and one sister, Letha Bea Watson. Survivors include his two children, Marilyn Fuhr and her husband Dan of El Reno, and Larry Slanaker and his wife T. Kay of Hinton; six grandchildren, Heather Dyan Fuhr, Conner Chase Fuhr, Emily Elizabeth Fuhr, Sheila Janz and her husband Kenny of Edmond, Glenn Slanaker of Ft. Collins, Co, and Sherry Poinier and her husband Garrett of Las Vegas, NV; seven great-grandchildren, Logan, Hayden, Mackenzie, Aimee, Sophia, Natalie, and Christopher; one sister, Elsie Gathers of Hinton; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Services: First Baptist Church, Thursday, 10:00 a.m., Oct. 16, 2014, Hinton, Okla. Officiating: Rev. Gary Haynes and Rev. Keith Gillham Burial: Hinton Cemetery, Hinton, Okla., entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma, condolences may be sent to the family at turnerfuneralhomes@gmail.com or at our website, turnerfh.net
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