Homer Lane Draper, age 91, formerly of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2012, in Hannibal, Missouri.
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The son of Richard Homer Draper and Pearl (Lane) Draper, Homer was born January 22, 1921, in Decatur, Alabama. A World War II Veteran, Homer was a 1st Lieutenant with the Army Corps of Engineers in North Africa and Italy. While in Italy, Homer met and married Oklahoma City native Annamarie Warnke, on March 15, 1944, in Foggia, Italy.
Following the war, Homer took advantage of the G.I. Bill and received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Tri-State University, Angola, Indiana. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with Phillips Petroleum Company in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, eventually settling in Bartlesville where he became a community and civic leader and obtained life membership in the Order of Masons. As a Registered Professional Engineer, Homer authored 20 technical papers and was granted 25 U.S. patents. He was widowed in 1991 after 37 years of marriage.
Homer was a member of the Highland Park Baptist Church, charter member of Missouri's Great River Honor Flight in 2010, a 50-year Master Mason and a member of the York Rite.
In addition to his wife, Anne, Homer was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Pearl Draper; sister Mildred Wall, and brothers Paul and Robert. He is survived by his children Kathryn Swan and husband Jim of Pawhuska, Dr. Richard Draper and wife Sheri of Hannibal, MO; John Draper and partner Ken Youngblood of Tulsa; Phyllis Stott and husband Robert of Sulfur, LA; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Friday in Bartlesville at the Memorial Park Cemetery. Pastor Kathy Morris will officiate. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Dec. 12, 2012 to Jan. 11, 2013