David Glenn Wantland influenced so many people with his full and vibrant life. On Dec. 24, 2017, he finished the race well and fell into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ and rejoined his beloved wife of 64 years, Marilyn Wantland.
Pa was born Dec. 8, 1931 as the youngest of five children to Charles (CW) and Agnes (Mimi) Wantland. He grew up in Edmond, Okla. and was involved in many different activities as an Edmond Bulldog and as an OU Sooner. He and Marilyn Fisher met as babies in the church nursery and went together to school in Edmond and OU. She was the love of his life and on June 12, 1953 they were married in Edmond and promptly relocated to several Air Force bases to fulfill his duties as a fighter pilot for the USAF. He flew the F86 and F100.
Pa had two things in his life that were the most important to him. First of all was his love and relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave his life to Christ in 1970 in a wonderful story of embracing the Gospel and learning to lean on Christ with an attitude of humility. Since that day in 1970, Pa introduced his wife and children to Jesus and lived the abundant life and was a great role model to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. He also shined as a servant leader through his and Grammy's involvement in Younglife, Yokefellows, Cursillo, and as a Sunday school teacher in the various churches that they embraced in their homes in Edmond, Norman, Tulsa and Fredericksburg, Texas. The other most important treasure in his life was being a son, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather. We have so many great memories as a result of his desire to sacrificially lead his extended family. He was instrumental in creating a joyful environment within our family that is still so noticeable today. He was always a "kidder" and you always smiled when you were with Pa. As a result of his faith, we could always count on his love, support, and encouragement.
Some of our highlights with Pa were tons of family "getaways" and a lot of traditions surrounding Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
He served his community by being an active member in Rotary, local and state economic development, and church leadership. He had a career as an executive in several local banks and later in life he worked for the Economic Development Department for the State of Oklahoma.
Grammy and Pa spent most of their first 75 years in Oklahoma. In 2004 they partially moved to Fredericksburg, Texas and in 2014 they became full-time Hill Country residents. Pa leaves many friends in both Oklahoma and Texas.
He leaves behind his three children and their families, Robin (Diane) Wantland, Karen (Randy) McKenzie and Megan (John) Akin. He was a loving grandfather to nine grandchildren: Lindsay (Adam) Zodrow, Katie (David) Volk, Millie (Garrett) Hicks, David C Wantland, Luke McKenzie, Allie (Joe) Barvick, Coleman Akin, Annie (Travis) Jones and Jake Akin. He was also a blessing to his seven great-grandchildren, Noah, Finn, Olive, Otto, Sam, Jack, and Sawyer.
We are all so thankful for the blessing that he was to each of us. He was a shining example to all of us for a life well lived with Christ at the center of his life.
We will honor Pa at a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, Okla. on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be directed in his honor to the Hill Country Church Building fund in Fredericksburg, Texas.
We love you Pa and you are greatly missed, but we will see you again soon!
Arrangements are by the Schaetter Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com.
Published on January 3, 2018