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 William A. “Bill” Longnecker

William A. “Bill” Longnecker

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Death 2 Jun 2013 (aged 85)
Burial Del City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 111813465 · View Source
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On Sunday, June 2, 2013, after a day spent with his kids, just because he always loved being together enjoying each other's company and eating ice cream, the Jesus Bus rolled into St. Ann's Nursing Home with Jesus calling, "All aboard!" and the Railroader in daddy answered, "Yes, Lord, yes!" Our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend got aboard with full assurance that all those he had loved and so diligently cared for, especially his bride, would be safe in Jesus' care until we meet again. Dad always enjoyed a great party and we are confident that he's having the time of his life catching up with his parents, William and Frances McPhail Longnecker, his brother, Marvin (Gene) Longnecker, sister, Betty Longnecker Johnson and precious granddaughter, Jaramie Longnecker, whom he promised he would live his life in order to hold her again.

Dad met Eddie Elizabeth Murray in a Nazarene Sunday School when they were both sixteen. He knew instantly he had met the love of his life, his reason for life, and the very one he dedicated his life to. He winked at her, gave her a trolley token and told her, "I am going to spend the rest of my life taking care of you." Life can be uncertain with its twists and turns, ups and downs, good times and bad, but come what may, his words to her were true. He spent his life taking care of his child bride as he often referred to her. His vocation was a Railroad Engineer for Santa Fe Railroad, but his other endeavors included a trucking business with his brother, Gene; being a policeman for the Oklahoma City Police Department; moving mobile homes; selling real estate; hanging custom drapes; taking motivational classes and driving wheat trucks.

After graduation from Capitol Hill High School, mom and dad married on April 15, 1949. Soon, their family grew to include Debi (Dwain) Jindra, James (Robin) Longnecker and Jerry (Teresa) Longnecker. To them, family was all inclusive. There wasn't such a thing as an in-law; just another person to love. Being a family was the main focus of their life. We may not have been conventional but we sure had fun! Traveling by train with suitcases packed with chicken and peanut butter sandwiches to California; pulling a U-Haul loaded with camping gear to Carlsbad Caverns; memories of skiing at Lake Tenkiller, camping and traveling the lock and dam systems on a pontoon boat; and church bus trips and summer camps. Dad and mom built memories into our DNA that bonded our family together.

The only thing our parents ever did extravagantly was paying their tithes; they just wanted to see if it would be possible to outgive God. God may not have answered dad's prayers for wealth and prosperity from the world's vantage point, but He blessed him with kids who aspired to follow in his steps, grandkids who loved him intensively and great-grandchildren who have generational blessings because of his faithfulness.

His legacy leaves behind his wife, Eddie Elizabeth Longnecker who, even when advanced dementia tried to snatch away her very identity, knew his perfect, sacrificial love gave new meaning to the "in sickness and in health" of their marriage vows on a daily basis, causing all who knew them to wish for that kind of devotion; their three children and their spouses, their grandchildren, Scott (Laurie) Martin, Brad (Jeanna) Martin, Amy Longnecker, Jordann Longnecker, and Ashley Longnecker; their great-grandchildren, William Martin, Audrey Martin, Jack Martin and Blake Martin; and his sister, Sally Raines-Garcia.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at St. Ann's Nursing Home Chapel. The graveside will follow at Sunny Lane Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the St. Ann's Staff Fund or Bethany First Church of the Nazarene.
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  • Created by: Virginia Hutchings Garrison
  • Added: 5 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111813465
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William A. “Bill” Longnecker (15 May 1928–2 Jun 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111813465, citing Sunny Lane Cemetery, Del City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Virginia Hutchings Garrison (contributor 47590869) .