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Walter Glen York

May 21, 1927 — April 27, 2021

Walter Glen York, having made it nearly 94 years, departed this life in the early morning of April 27, 2021, at home with his family at his side. Glen was born May 21, 1927, in Burkburnett, Texas, the ninth of 11 children born to Bert Caldwell York and Melvina Blanche Wagner. He attended school in Burkburnett, Earlsboro, and completed his high school education in Harjo, Oklahoma, joining the Army shortly thereafter in August of 1945, and serving until the end of World War II. Glen married Doris Massey on July 1, 1950, in Oklahoma City, and they eventually settled in Maysville in 1960 for the rest of their lives. He had a long career in the oil industry retiring from Atlantic Richfield in 1986.

But there was so much more to Glen York than his work. Along the way he enjoyed raising and riding horses, roping calves, and even ran a small cattle operation for many years. Glen was also an athlete and played sports throughout his school days, carrying that love of sport beyond high school to coach little league baseball, attend OU football and basketball games, and play golf, his favorite pastime. Even more, he was always ready to go to any event involving his family and found fun in everything. From playing dominoes and bingo, watching horse races and Sunday lunches with family, Glen York was mostly about delighting in his beloved family and enjoying life. In his last years of life, he drove many miles “just looking at the countryside” near and around Earlsboro, having roadside picnics, visiting with anyone he encountered along the way, and reminiscing about his youth with his best friend and companion, Velma Washburn.

Glen is survived by his children: Connie York McTiernan and husband Michael of Guthrie, Michael York and wife Della of Maysville, and Marsha York Williams and husband Arlen of Paoli; his grandchildren Leslee Holladay, Bradlee Suddreth, Heather York Clune, Heidi York Gamble, Skylar York, Gregg Beckham, and Justin Williams; his great-grandchildren Bo, Hadley, Shelby, James, John Grady, Scout, Jordan, Carsen, Mason and Aidan; and his great-great-grandchildren. Glen is survived by many nieces and nephews that he loved as his own.

Glen was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Massey York, his parents, Vina and Bert, and by his siblings: Bill, Cecil, Ernestine, Bernice, Ray, Roy, Gene, Jack, Jimmie, and Frances.

The family would like to express appreciation for providing wonderful care for our “Pa” to Dr. Dennis Whitehouse, Vickie Hunter, Jana Mara and LifeSpring Home Health and Hospice.

Glen’s life will be celebrated with a family and friends visitation from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Winans Funeral Home Chapel, Maysville, OK. A private family burial will be held in the Maysville Cemetery under the direction of John W. Williams of Winans Funeral Home, Maysville. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at

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