VeteranRonald Danner

Ronald Dale Danner, 94, of Grapevine, Texas, formerly of Harrah, Okla., died Oct. 28, 2014, in Grapevine.

He was born May 31, 1920, in Astoria, a son of Elzie and Bessie Gardner Danner. He married Barbara Johnson. She preceded him in death.

He also was preceded in death by one daughter, Gloria Verel; one sister, Ann Basinger; one brother, Harold Danner; and one grandson, Matthew Ertel.

Surviving are two daughters, Joyce Yandle of Henryetta, Okla., and Margaret (Peggy) Anderson of Grapevine, Texas; one sister, Rosa Lee Burgard of Havana; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed at Scott AFB for three years then sent by train to Tinker AFB. He was one of the first soldiers sent to the new base in 1942. Then to Ft. Dix, New Jersey, where he boarded a boat to begin his journey overseas. He arrived in Moracco, on the northwestern corner of Africa. He went by steam locomotive across Nigeria to several port towns on the Mediterranean Sea and then on to the Island of Sardinia located between Italy and Spain. When he returned to the United States he was honorably discharged in Chicago.

After leaving the military, he returned to Oklahoma following his heart to the woman he would marry. Together they had three daughters and both worked at Tinker for over 30 years. He retired from Tinker AFB where he was an aircraft mechanic.

He and his family had a small farm south of Harrah. He remained on his farm for 63 years until it was destroyed by the May 2010 tornado.

He was a member of VFW, American Legion and First Baptist Church in Harrah, Okla.

Services were held Saturday at Asa Smith Memorial Chapel in Harrah, Okla., with Rev. Bill Derrick officiating. Burial was in Memory Lane Cemetery in Harrah. Smith-Parks Funeral Service in Harrah was in charge of arrangements.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 11/5/2014


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