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J. W. Gassaway, 82, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born September 15, 1935 in Hulbert, Oklahoma to Louie and Esther (Manes) Gassaway. J. W. attended public schools and graduated from Okmulgee High School with the class of 1954.
He met and later married Marie Rowe on November 3, 1973 in Moore, Oklahoma. They shared more than 44 years of life and marriage together.
J. W. was self-employed as a Master Plumber owning JWG Mechanical Contractor. He took great pride in all his work and will always be remembered for his attention to details and wanting every job he performed to be perfect as possible. He retired in 2005.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Esther Gassaway; sisters, Cleona Gassaway and Wanda Morris.
J. W. is survived by his wife, Marie, of the home; daughters, Denise Ragsdale and husband Tommy of Muskogee, OK, Donna Bentley and husband Jeff of Spencer, OK; sons, Clint Lechner and wife Marty of Dayton, TX, Stan Lechner and wife Jane of Bella Vista, AR; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren; along with other family members and friends.
Funeral services celebrating J. W.'s life will be 2PM, Friday, February 2, 2018 at Timothy Baptist Church with Pastor Kelly Payne officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery Doyle Boling, Gary Ford, Howard Harbison, Jim Price, Joe Seabolt, and Wayne Seabolt serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Marshall, Terry Smart, and Steve Bacon.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.
Published on January 31, 2018
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