Funeral services for Walter Doyle Ferrell, 77, of Tahlequah, will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Green Country Funeral Home, with Rev. Ann Jordan and Chaplain Kevin Webster officiating.
Honorary pallbearers are Doug Humphrey, Chuck Jamison, Randy Waltman, Marcus White, Kenneth Keitel and Andrew Keitel.
Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.
Walt entered this life on July 1, 1935. He was born in Ripley to Thomas Robert Ferrell and Odessa Ruth Hall. At the age of 2, Walt, his parents and older brother, Clyde moved to Imperial Valley, Calif., where his younger sister, Patsy, was born in 1937. Unfortunately, much of his mother and baby sister’s time was spent in San Francisco that summer, where Patsy had to receive treatment for polio.
The family then moved to Earlimart, Calif., where Walt’s dad, Thomas, worked on a dairy farm. In 1941, the family came back to Oklahoma where his sister, Mary Donna, was born in 1943. In 1944 they returned once more to California, and in 1948 were blessed with the addition of Tommy, or “Butch,” the baby of the extended family that included the two oldest brothers, Raymond and Bill Wise who were born to Odessa Ruth Hall and Andrew Wise from their previous union.
In 1952, Walt was a junior at Porterville high school. According to countless friends who signed his yearbook, The El Granito, Walt was a “swell guy” who struggled through biology, flirted with the girls, never learned to dance (to the chagrin of one Donna Staab) and was a “very good football player.” He served as Co-Captain of the Panthers and Cubs ‘A’ and ‘B’ Class Football league and was a member of the T-Square and Triangle Club, a skill and interest that would serve him well in his later military pursuits.
After completing high school, Walt served two years with the U.S. Forest Service in Pinehurst, California before embarking on a 21-plus-year career of service to this country in the U.S. Army beginning in November 1954. After spending 15 months in Hawaii and before heading to Korea, Walt met, fell in love with, and became engaged to Faye Luckinbill. He instantly became daddy to Sharon and Randy, Faye’s two young children, ages 4 and 3, who told everyone that, “Their daddy was overseas.”
Walt and Faye married on Nov. 10, 1961, and spent their honeymoon in Hawaii. Walt was deployed to Stuttgart, Germany, in August of 1962 and his newly formed family remained stateside waiting the arrival of their first born son. On Oct. 24, 1962, Michael Thomas Ferrell, was born. The family then joined Walt in Germany two and half months later.
Thirteen months to the day later after Michael Thomas was born, Michele Ann Ferrell was then added to the family on Nov. 24, 1963. This, coincidentally was Walt’s jersey number in high school - 24. The birth of Michele Ann completed the Walt and Faye Ferrell clan.
Walt passed from this life on April 3, 2013, and joined with loved ones who preceded him in passing, including his mom and dad, sister Patsy, and brother, Raymond. More importantly he joined his wife, the one true love of his life, Faye, who passed on April 4 2006.
Walt is survived by daughter Sharon Faye Waltman of Tulsa, son Randy Jon Waltman also of Tulsa and daughter Michele Ann Keitel of Coweta. He is also survived by his widow, Coweta Jeneane Ferrell. As well as numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Walt’s extensive military career started in November of 1954 and ended on July 1, 1976. During his military career Walt received numerous honors and awards, including two Bronze Stars with V, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, four Good Conduct Medals and numerous other awards and commendations during his military career.
Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.