Guadalupe Duran was born May 27, 1925. He was 91 when he passed away on December 25, 2016 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Guadalupe's nickname was Jolly Wally and on some occasions that was shortened to JW. Wally was one of eight children born to Telesforo and Louisa R. Duran.
During World War II he served in the Eighth Army Air Corp as a turret gunner on a B- 17 bomber. When the war ended, he returned to Muskogee where he met his future wife, Oleta Estelle Trout, at a local cafe and married her on March 7, 1948. She preceded him in death on December 19, 2001. They raised two daughters, Karen and Cynthia, and now have three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. His time spent with family is what mattered the most to him. Knowing he had his girls to be proud of and grandchildren to enjoy and spoil made him glad to be there for them all.
Junior College and then went on to the University of Tulsa to earn his accounting degree in 1965. During the seventeen years he spent acquiring his degree, he filled various positions in the circulation department at the Muskogee Daily Phoenix where he worked as a truck driver, conveyor puller, stuffer and district manager. He later applied and was hired at the Veterans Administration Regional Office and became a ratings specialist, which was his position when he retired in 1981.
After his retirement, JW volunteered helping individuals prepare and file their income taxes. He also became a fixture at the Muskogee Federal Credit Union where he volunteered and put his accounting education to work by conducting audits. He served on the credit union board. He enjoyed working at the credit union because the work was interesting and he worked with good, honest people.
In lieu of flowers, JW's family request memorials be made to the 8th Air Force Historical Society, Inc. their address is: 68 Kimberlys Way; Jasper, GA 30143 - 4769 Phone number: 918-748-8884.
A celebration of JW's life will be 10:30 A.M., Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Cindy Culver officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with military honors presented.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.
Published on December 27, 2016