William D. Stockwell died at his home on Nov. 20, 2017 in Bartlesville, Okla. at the age of 83.
Bill was born Sept. 22, 1934 in Enid, Okla. to Alice and John Stockwell. He graduated from Guthrie High School in 1952. He joined the United States Air Force in September 1952, where he went to Jet Mechanics School and later was an instructor on water injection systems on the Boeing 747 Bomber and KC 97 Tanker. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in August of 1956. He then enrolled at Central State College in Edmond, and graduated with a BS in Math and a minor in English and Physics. He went on to get a masters degree at West Virginia University in Math.
He married Mary Jo Stockwell in 1958. He worked for IBM, and Later Phillips 66 where he retired in 1998. He was a loving and supportive father to four children, Bill, Michael, Brent and Allison. His children remember him as a kind and loving father who encouraged them to pursue their goals.
Mary Jo says he was the most loving and supportive husband and father ever, and we will miss him. She will always remember how he never left the room or let her leave the room without a kiss to remind her of his love for her.
Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Stockwell; children, Dr. Bill Stockwell and his wife Mia of Edmond, Okla., Michael Stockwell of Bartlesville, Okla., and Brent Stockwell and his wife Debi of Edmond, Okla.; grandchildren, Mary Ann Ruegamer of Bartlesville, Okla., Mark Spitz of Stillwater, Okla., Holly Romero, of Tulsa, Okla., Kord Stockwell of Edmond, Okla., Katy Miears of Springfield, Tenn., Pamela Justiss of Dallas, Texas, Bill Stockwell, Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev., and Lisa Stockwell of Kent, Wash.; 17 great-grandchildren; and niece Cheryl Penrose.
He is preceded in death by his daughter Allison Spitz of Bartlesville, Okla.; his parents, Alice and John William Stockwell of Guthrie, Okla.; his brother Robert Earl Stockwell; and niece Charlene Franklin.
His wish was to be cremated and we will have a private family service at a later date.
Published on November 29, 2017