Raymond "Ray" Earl Wharton, 99, of Edmond, Okla., departed this life to be with the Lord September 15, 2017. Born July 26, 1918 in Blue, W.Va. to Frances and Emma Wharton.
Ray grew up in Parkersburg, W.Va. with three brothers and four sisters. He joined the Army-Air Force to serve his country during WWII. During the five years he served his country, he helped build the Alaska pipeline. Ray was very proud to be a veteran. After his service to his country he started out as a draftsman in the oil and gas industry and he worked his way up to a landman and retired from Marathon Oil Company in Tulsa, Okla. He was offered the position of land manager at Entex Petroleum in Oklahoma City, Okla. He retired from there at the age of 65.
Ray was an avid golfer and a very good one. He had four hole-in-ones after the age of 65. Ray also was a very talented self-taught artist. He painted in oils and watercolors.
Ray is survived by two sons from his first marriage, Larry Wharton and wife Marcia of Birmingham, Ala. and David Wharton of Beggs, Mont.; his loving wife Barbara, step-daughter Dana Squires and husband Clint, and stepson Harvey Yost all of Edmond; grandchildren, Ryland, Hannah, Molly, Jacob and Amber; four great grandchildren; sister Betty Javine; brother Warren Wharton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would also like to thank the nurses, doctors and respiratory technician extraordinaire, Ulysses Wilson at the University of Oklahoma Edmond Hospital for their expert and tender care given to our husband, father and grandfather.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. September 19, 2017 at the Crawford Funeral Home, Edmond, OK.
A memorial service to celebrate Ray's life will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in the Grand Hall at Touchmark at Coffee Creek Senior Living, Edmond, OK. Funeral arrangements are provided by Crawford Funeral Home, Edmond, OK.
Published on September 19, 2017