October 27, 1929 - December 31, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY John Marlar Meek of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away December 31, 2013. John was born October 27, 1929 in Mulberry, Arkansas to William Homer and Sybil Marlar Meek. He had a younger brother James Meek. The family later moved to Alma, AR where John, known as Johnny, graduated from Alma High School in 1947. After high school Johnny attended Westark Junior College, Fort Smith, AR, where he also played basketball. He joined the Air Force Dec. 1950, during the Korean War, serving in the 801 MAES Unit. It was in the Air Force at Shepard AFB in Wichita Falls, TX, where he met his future wife, Alma Elsie Flessati, an Air Force Nurse. Johnny served as medic transporting injured soldiers from Korea to Japan, as part of the Medical Air Evacuation Service. Alma served as a nurse in the WAF service, transporting injured veterans from Alaska to California. After the Korean War ended Johnny and Alma were married in Alma's home town in Freeland, PA on Aug. 27, 1955. They settled in Fayetteville, AR, where Johnny attended University of Arkansas and graduated in May of 1956. Several days earlier he and Alma had twins, the first of his and Alma's six children, a daughter and five sons. Johnny joined the FDIC in Dallas in 1959 where he served as a Bank Examiner for 27 years retiring in 1986. Johnny and Alma dedicated their lives to nurturing and raising their six children. They valued their children's education, sending all six children to college. They lost their fourth child Joe Marlar Meek in 1979, when he died in a tragic automobile accident. Johnny was an avid basketball and football fan. He especially loved his Arkansas Razorbacks. He also enjoyed tennis, boating, water skiing, and dominos. He had a passion for music especially country music with Ray Price and Willie Nelson being among his favorites. He was excited when Oklahoma City acquired an NBA team. He hardly missed watching any of their games. He was a friend and neighbor to all, often reaching out and assisting casual acquaintances as well as family and friends. Johnny enjoyed traveling on the road in his work and with his family. Johnny is survived by his caring wife Alma with whom he celebrated 58 years of marriage this past year and 5 living children Jane Francis Meek, John William Meek and his wife Anna Maria, James Ralph Meek, and his wife Jeanna, Justin Manual Meek and Jerry Wayne Meek and his wife Ruth. He also is survived by 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. As well as his sister-in-law Rebecca Meek and his niece and nephew Susan Meek and David Meek. The last 2 and a half years Johnny and Alma lived at the Mansion at Waterford Assisted Living where they have lived comfortably under the care of The Mansion's quality and loving care. Services for John will be held Friday, January 3, 2014, with a viewing at 2:30 PM followed by a service at 3:00 PM at Vondel Smith North Colonial Chapel with burial following at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to any Veteran association of your choice.
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 3, 2014
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