WICHITA, Kan. – Wilson Vann, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, born June 11, 1924 in Short, OK, passed away at age 89 on Aug. 8, 2013.
In World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater. He retired after 36 years from Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., and moved to Tahlequah, where he resided until 2011.
He owned Judo and Tae Kwon Do schools for over 50 years which produced many champions in national and international competition. He had a reputation as a noted instructor of martial arts in the U.S. and Korea, specializing in Tae Kwon Do and Kodokan Judo. He held a black belt in Judo and a ninth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do from the Han Moo Kwan.
He is survived by his wife Loretta (Riner) of 65 years, three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral and graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 10:30 a.m., at Old Mission Cemetery and Funeral Home, 3424 E. 21st St. North, Wichita, Kan. 67220. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Memorials in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guestbook at oldmissionmortuary.com.
Old Mission Mortuary, 3424 E. 21st St. N., Wichita, Kan., (316) 686-7311.