Lone Grove tornado victim: William Clinton Wheat Sr.

Oklahoman Modified: February 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm •  Published: February 14, 2009
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Age: 78

Residence: Lone Grove

Occupation: Retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and tire factory worker

Story: Retired from the military in 1970 after 22 years, including tours in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany. “Bill” worked another 22 years for the Uniroyal tire factory in Ardmore. He loved to travel across the country, often stopping to collect antique barbed wire. He was an avid University of Oklahoma football fan and hunter who loved to fish on Lake Texoma for catfish. He was living in a rural brick home with his son, William Wheat Jr. and his daughter-in-law, Judy. The younger Wheat was critically injured when the tornado wiped their home to the slab, said Wheat Sr.'s daughter, Rhonda Wheat of Ward, Ark. “In later years, he enjoyed sitting out and watching birds,” Rhonda Wheat said. “He had hummingbird feeders all over the place.”

Funeral Services: Monday at Trinity Baptist Church in Ardmore

Contributing: Staff writers Ron Jackson, Nolan Clay and Robert Medley and The Associated Press

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