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Donald William “Bill” Myers

Donald William “Bill” Myers passed away on June 17, 2013 in his home from complications of heart and renal failure, joining his beloved son, Billy, who passed into the hands of God on Oct. 9, 1974.

Myers was born in Cedar, Kan. on July 4, 1925 to Oliver Henry and Ferne Fetrow Myers. His boyhood years were spent in Wynona, Pawhuska, and Union Valley, Okla. At the advent of World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy.

In 1949, Bill received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and would begin his career in the petroleum industry in the oil fields of West Texas and Utah.

By 1952, Bill embarked on his first overseas assignment to Indonesia, with Standard Oil Co., New Jersey, and in February 1954, he and Irma Schmidt, an émigré from Estonia, were married in Sydney, Australia.

Between 1954 and 1966, Bill and Irma lived on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, where their children James, Billy and Trisha were born. From 1966 to 1969, Bill’s work with Esso Exploration, Inc., took him and his family to Stavanger, Norway, and for several months in 1969, to Agadir, Morocco. A transfer moved the family then to the Republic of Singapore for the next eight years.

Over the following decade, Bill’s travels in overseas oil exploration continued, sending him to Brazil, Curacao, Papua New Guinea, Burma, Niger, Mexico and India.

Upon retirement to Houston, Texas, a lifelong love of learning led to his earning a B.S. in Biochemical/Biophysical Sciences from the University of Houston in 1995.

With Irma, Bill relocated to Pawhuska in 1997, adopting Ollie, his Border Collie rescue dog in 2000. Over the following years, with studies in biomedical sciences, the Spanish language, world history and U.S. Constitutional law underfoot, Bill engaged in his passion for flying airplanes, having obtained his private pilot’s license in Norway in 1968.

Bill Myers was preceded in death by his father and mother; and two brothers, Arden and LeRoy Myers.

He is survived by his wife, Irma, of Pawhuska; son James and wife, Janet, and family of Houston, Texas; daughter Trisha Myers of Tulsa, OK; sister Mary M. Gilliland of Tulsa; nieces Denny Hartman, Tommye Bailey, Sandra Carole Parrish and nephew Terry Gilmore.

McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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