Oct 8, 1922 - Dec 21, 2012 HARRAH John Jeremiah Read, 90, passed away on December 21, 2012. John was born on October 8, 1922, in Wapanucka, OK to Theodore Porter and Bessie (Stone) Read. John joined the United States Army, serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, retiring as Lt. Colonel after 22 years of service. He was passionate about his work, never settling for doing any job "halfway." Cigar smoking, steak grilling, and spending time with his family were special to him. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jackie; stepson, Richard Thomas; and brothers, Porter and Stone. Survivors include his loving wife of 30 years, Onetta; children, Jerry Read, Jeanne Wall, Linda Read and Jimmie Lene Read; stepchildren, Tim Thomas and Sarah Thomas; grandchildren, Rance Read, Roxanne Ryholt, Judson Gamble, Jenifer Egelson, Kristin Kurtz, Samantha Thomas, Elizabeth Read-Romito, Chase Dolan and Caleb Thomas; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Baierlein; and numerous nieces and nephews. John J was loved and respected by many, too numerous to mention. Special thanks to the caring and skillful staff of McLoud NH and Centennial Hospice. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2012, at the Bill Eisenhour Northeast Chapel. Full military honors will follow at Arlington Memory Gardens. Condolences may be offered at www.eisenhourfuneralhome.com www.eisenhourfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 25, 2012