"Dignity without Compromise"

John Kenan Gill

John Kenan Gill, 93, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2005. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on June 6, 1911 to Nil Kenan Gill and Eugene W. Gill. John graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1928 and Virginia Military Institute in 1932 majoring in civil engineering. John was captain of the V.M.I. football and boxing teams and executive officer of his company.

After graduation from V.M.I., John returned to Okmulgee to work at the Phillips Refinery and then was employed with The Standard Oil Company in Seminole. In 1934 he moved to Trinity, TX. and in 1938 to Laredo, TX. where he was employed as an oil and gas lease broker. In 1938 John returned to Okmulgee and began his career as an independent oil and gas operator, a career in which he was active in until his death.

John met Jeanne Mary Carney of Okmulgee in 1940 and they were married on December 27, 1941. John enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor and he and Jeanne Mary were stationed in St. Louis and Washington, D.C. where John was on the Army & Navy Petroleum Board. He attained the rank of Lt. Commander before leaving the Navy in 1945.

John was president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association in 1973 and 1974 and served on the board of directors of both the First National Bank and Trust Company and Citizens National Bank of Okmulgee. John also was a member of the Blue Lodge, 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner.

He loved quail hunting, golf and OU football. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend and will forever be remembered.

John is survived by his son, Jet C. Gill and wife Jill, his daughter Margaret Wells and husband Byron, and a grandson Jet E. Gill. His parents, wife Jeanne Mary and three brothers Roy Gill, Dan Gill and Gene Gill preceded him in death.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, May 5, 2005 at the Okmulgee Cemetery with Rev. Craig Denslow officiating. The Gill family suggests contributions in Johnís name to Friends of the Library, Okmulgee Resource Center or the Okmulgee Humane Society. Services are being conducted by the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee.