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Billy Ray Wardwell

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Billy Ray Wardwell, 81, was born December 9, 1932 in Erick, Oklahoma. He passed away on September 11, 2014 in Olivehurst, California.

He joined the 45th Oklahoma National Guard then went on to join the army. He served two tours in Vietnam and two tours in Korea. He became Sergeant First Class and was in the Oklahoma Airborne Division. He was stationed in Germany, Washington and Alaska. He retired from the army after 22 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Bessie Wardwell. He had five brothers and six sisters who went on before him. Also preceding him in death, is one grandson, Billy Scott Wardwell, and one great granddaughter, Verina Wardwell.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Wardwell; two sons, John Wardwell and wife, Karen, and David Wardwell and wife, Teresa; one daughter, Darie Wardwell and two stepdaughters, Linda Garcia and Wanda Conway.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mike and Brandi Wardwell, David John and Janet Wardwell, Monica and Tim Wardwell, all of Oklahoma; four step-grandchildren, Carolyn, Sarah, Trixie and David; nine great grandchildren, Brandon, Baily, Andrea, Mia, Dominique, Serena, Malachi, Daisy and Little David; five step great grandchildren, Johnathan, Heidi, Melissa, Akayla and Lilianna, along with many other family members and friends.

Services will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 2 pm at Trinity Life in Olivehurst. Burial will be private at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Sept. 16, 2014
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