|Birth: ||Sep. 5, 1921|
|Death: ||Jul. 13, 2003|
Obituary Duane Cardwell
Courtesy Norma Aspegren. Newspaper source unknown
Manitou (Oklahoma) Funeral for Duane Cardwell, 81, Manitou, will be at 2 pm Tuesday at Jackson Funeral Home Chapel , Frederick.
Mr Cardwell died Sunday, July 13, 2003, at his home.
Burial will be at Frederick Memorial Cemetery under direction of Jackson Funeral Home.
He was born northeast of Frederick on Sept 5, 1921, to Joe and Maud Stradley Cardwell. He attended Pleasant Ridge School and Frederick High School, graduating in 1939.
He enlisted in the U S Air Force and attended gunnery school in Las Vegas, finishing in the top 10 of his class. He completed radio training school in Salt Lake City, after which he was assigned to the Rice Provisional Group of 52 crews of B-17 bombers. He trained in Boise, Idaho, and Rapid City, S D. After completing his training, he was promoted to technical sergeant and assigned to the 8th Air Force in North Africa, flying out of St. Donay, Robot Salae and Tunis. He participated in the first bombing mission on Rome, Italy, on July 18, 1943. After his service in North Africa, he service in Foggia, Italy, where he completed his overseas duty. He was awarded the European Theater of Operations Ribbon with three battle stars and the Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters for completing 50 combat missions. He returned to the United States in 1944 and was stationed at Avon Park, Fla. He was appointed chief radio instructor and served in that capacity until his discharge in July 1945.
After returning home, he made farming and ranching his lifetime career. He received the Top Farmers of America Association Award of Honor and was named an Honorary FFA member. He was a member of the Oklahoma and American Angus associations, the Tillman County Farmers Home Administration Board, The Tillman County Farm Bureau Board, the Tillman County Fair Board, the Tillman County Ambulance Board and the E-911 Board. He was a charter member of the Tillman County Crime Stoppers Board, where he served as president for two years.
He married Elizabeth Annrene Neumeyer on Jan 20, 1947, in Wichita, Kan. He retired from farming in 1986.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Randy Duane and Mary Cardwell, Vernon, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law Dianna Darlene and Buddy Ebarb, Shreveport, La; a half-sister, Flora May Anderson, Carmichael, Calif; four grandchildren:
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lawton.
Alva Knox Burba (1901 - 1983)
Elizabeth Annrene Neumeyer Cardwell (1923 - 2009)
Note: The obit lists Joe and Maude as his parents. Other documents state he is a grandson, Duane Burba Cardwell
Frederick Memorial Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 14, 2012
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