Arthur Duain “Dude” Provence

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Arthur Duain “Dude” Provence

  • Birth 9 Nov 1923 Antlers, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 17 Oct 1989 Burkburnett, Wichita County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Burkburnett, Wichita County, Texas, USA
  • Plot N-5-73-2s
  • Memorial ID 22600516

He also was known as A.D. Provence,Dude Provence and Oather Duain Provence and Auther Duain Provence. Dude was born in Antlers, Pushmataha County Oklahoma but his family moved to the area of Burkburnett Texas when he was just a small child. He was raised in the area just outside Burkburnett in the Red River area called Newtown and Goat Island(they no longer exist) His wife Patsy Ruth (Bruner) Provence is also buried in this cemetery(they were married July 3, 1946 in Wichita Falls Texas) along with one of their infant daughters Shirley Sue Provence. His father John Thomas Provence and his mother Lollie Mae (Fraley) Provence-Marshall are also buried here. He also has one brother buried here Hubert Monroe Provence. In addition his grandparents Joseph Franklin Fraley and Ida Larisol(Lacy) Fraley are also buried here. During WW II he was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army assigned to the 37th Infantry Division, 129th Infantry Regiment, Company K. His Army records are under his name of Oather D. Provence. He was a .30 cal Machine Gunner and was awarded numerous medals for actions during combat against the Japanese in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was awarded the Purple heart, Bronze star with V, Combat Infantry Badge, and numerous other medals for combat actions. He saw extensive combat action in the Philippine Islands especially in Bougainville, Henderson Field and in the city of Manila around the "Walled City" and the battle for Ft. Stotsenberg. After the war he worked in the oilfields around Burkburnett and across the river in Southern Oklahoma from 1945 until 1963 then moved with his family to Garden Grove California. He then worked for G. E. Kadane and sons Oil,Mobil Oil and Armstrong Petroleum in the oilfields in Newport Beach (Superior ave and PCH)Calif for over 20 years. These jobs were all in the same location it's just that at different times different companies ran the oil fields. In the oilfields he worked as a driller, a roustabout, an operator and many other positions in his 45 plus years in the oilfield work. He was a hard worker all of his life. His first jobs was picking cotton in the cotton fields around Burkburnett Texas starting when he was 6 years old. He had to quit school in the 3rd grade so he could pick cotton and help the family survive during the depression. He never really got to know his dad John Thomas Provence because he was only about 7-8 years old when his father died. When daddy retired he and mother moved back to Burkburnett Texas in 1984 with his wife Patsy Ruth (Bruner) Provence and they both lived there until they both passed away.... I love and miss you both terribly.


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  • Created by: C Provence
  • Added: 1 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22600516
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur Duain “Dude” Provence (9 Nov 1923–17 Oct 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22600516, citing Burkburnett Memorial Cemetery, Burkburnett, Wichita County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by C Provence (contributor 46948953) .