Willie's Story

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Willie D. Usry of Tulsa, Oklahoma left this world on 8 June 2017. Born in Lexington, Ok., to Nora Belle Usry and John Usry, Willie spent his childhood and teen years in Noble, OK., until entering the Army in 1960. Trained as a surveyor, he served in Germany until his discharge. After returning to Noble, Willie met the love of his life, Martha Jansing, a woman to whom he would be married for the rest of his life. For most of the next 55 years he and Martha would live in Tulsa, where Willie would work as a machinist. For over 10 years Willie owned and operated his own custom machine shop, Sooner Services, Inc., located in North Tulsa.
?Willie was incredibly funny and truly loved people, unless you were blocking the isle at Wal-Mart. He would start conversations in every store he went to, often to the dismay of his wife. He seldom took a day off from work, and only when he was truly incapable of working. He had an instant connection with children and animals, and loved nothing in this world more than his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An easy-going person, Willie was liked by anyone with good sense. He was a man of steady values, a great example for his son, and an amazing grandfather.
?Willie is survived by his wife, Martha Usry of Tulsa; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Melanie Usry of Claremore; granddaughters Yayoi Usry and Stephanie VanDevander; and great-grandchildren Aleena Usry, Vanessa VanDevander (with whom he shared a birthday), and Jackson VanDevander. He is also survived by his mother, Nora Belle Warren, sister's Margie Hill and Johnnie Pounds, and brother Robert "Bud" Usry. He is also survived by a number of nephews and nieces, all of whom he loved very much. He is preceded in death by his father John Usry, and by his nephews, Marvin Hill and Jimbo Hill.
?Visitation will be at McMahan's Funeral Home in Noble on Monday, January 12, 2017 from 10:00 until 12:00. A graveside service will follow the next day at 10:00 at the Noble IOOF Cemetery.
Published on June 9, 2017
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