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Retired Master Sergeant John V. David

August 21, 2014

Retired Master Sergeant John V. David, Jr. died August 13, 2014, at the age of 80. Master Sergeant David was born May 9, 1934, in Ft. Towson. He enlisted in the United States Army on January 7, 1953, in Maricopa County, AR. He served for 21 years and retired on July 31, 1973, at Fort Sill. His service stations include: Korea, Vietnam, Germany, and various posts in the United States, including two tours of advisory service to the Colorado National Guard. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, United States Vietnam Service Medal, United Nations Korean Service Medal, The Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Aircraft Crewman Badge. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., Chapter 751 Lawton, Korean War Veterans Assoc., Chapter 319, 2nd Infantry Division (Indian Head) Assoc. and the Disabled American Veterans, Joe N. Cain, Chapter 56 of Lawton. After his retirement he completed his education earning a BA in Business from Cameron University of Lawton after which he worked for 23 years for the State of Oklahoma, mostly in the Department of Agriculture where he traveled the State and was instrumental in developing Farmers’ Markets and marketing Made in Oklahoma products. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Jaine David and John Virgil David and one sister, Delores Jean David. Master Sergeant David is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruthie L. (Taylor) David; daughter, Kathleen M. Talley and husband, Marty R. Talley of Lawton; son, Kenneth W. David and wife Greta David of Grand Junction, CO; brother-in-law, Buddy Taylor and wife Paulette Taylor of AR; five grandchildren: Jason David Martin and son Hunter of TX; Cristi Talley of Oklahoma City; Chad Talley and wife Rachel Talley of Lawton; McKenzie Talley of Lawton; and John Robert David of Grand Junction, CO; one brother, Johnathan David of Ft. Towson; two nieces: Johnnie L. Newton and Mary Marie David; uncle, Wyndle and aunt Nadine David. John (J.V.) was devoted to his family and loved them dearly. Upon his retirement from the State, he spent a great deal of time landscaping his backyard which became a showplace. He and his family traveled a lot and John was well-known for his very detailed travel itineraries. He was a member of First Baptist East Church of Lawton. He will be sorely missed by his family. Funeral services, with military honors for retired Master Sergeant John V. David, Jr., were held August 16, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Burkhart Funeral Service in Antlers, with burial at Rattan Cemetery under the direction of Burkhart Funeral Service. Relatives and friends are invited to sign the guestbook or send private condolences online at Memorial arrangements have been entrusted to Burkhart Funeral Service in Antlers.


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