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Donald Ray Kisner

Donald Ray Kisner died July 19, 2008 in Okmulgee. He was born on October 27, 1919 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Jess L. and Annie (Cordray-Bryant) Kisner. He spent most of his childhood with his grandparents Andy and Suzie Cordray in Woodall Community near Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He moved to Broken Arrow in 1938, and later joined the Army in September 1941. He spent 4 years in the Army during WWII, 28 months of which were spent in Alaska and the Aleutians, which those close to him will always remember his love for Alaska. He married his high School sweetheart, Margie Jean Kelse on July 29, 1944, while on his first furlough after entering the service. After service his time in the Army, he later joined the Oklahoma National Guard, completing 20 years of Military service and retiring in 1979. In 1947, Donald and Margie moved to Okmulgee. They were active members of the Church of God until it closed in 1983. They then worshiped at the First Church of the Nazarene. Donald worked for People’s Bakery, Meadow View Dairy, and the Henryetta Safeway and later transferred to the Okmulgee Safeway store from which he retired in 1987. During his years of being retired he enjoyed gardening, attending activities at church, spending time with family, watching sports with his son, and sitting in his chair with his dog "Cocoa".

Donald is preceded in death by hi parents, three brothers; James, Robert Bryant, and Jess Kisner Jr., one sister; Carole White. Surviving him is his wife Margie Kisner of the home, one son and best friend Tim Kisner of Okmulgee, three daughters; Donna King of Edmond, Oklahoma, Nancy and husband Mike McCreedy of Chanute, Kansas, and Cynthia and husband Mark Daniel of Conway Arkansas, one sister; sue Ann Peirson of Indianaplis, Indiana also one brother in-law Monte Kelse and wife Wilda of Okmulgee. Donald had nine grandchildren, Tommy King, Angela King both of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Donald McCreedy of Topeka, Kansas, Alicia Young of Cameron, Oklahoma, Ginger Hardgrave and husband Reed, Clifton Mills, Adam Daniels all of Conway, Arkansas, Michael McCreedy of Harrison, Arkansas and Alora Petersen and husband Ricky of Jones, Oklahoma. He also had six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2008 at the First Church of the Nazarene at 2 PM. With Reverends Larry Book and Marvin Buell officiating. Interment will be in the Okmulgee Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, 3 to 8 PM, with the family present 6 to 8 PM. Pallbearers will be Mark Daniels, Clifton Mills, Adam Daniels, Reed Hardgrave, Mike McCreedy and Michael McCreedy. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home. Condolences may be made at