Funeral services for William “Bill” Bookstore will be held at 10:00 a,.m Tuesday in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Jason Dirks officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery.
William Leroy “Bill” Bookstore was borrn January 24, 1931 to C. L. and Ethel (Handley) Bookstore on the family homestead. Bill as was known by friends, passed from this earthly life on August 11, 2017 in Clinton, Oklahoma. Bill was a member of the Elm Street Baptist Church.
Bill attended various country schools prior to the family establishing their farm in the Fort Supply area. He graduated from Fort Supply School with the class of 1948. Bill went into the business of farming and ranching with his father. He began his military service by joining the U. S. Army Reserves and in 1952 enlisted in the Army, serving two years in active duty before returning to his reserve unit and farming and ranching.
On August 24, 1952 Bill was united in marriage to Vena Pearl Lynes in Woodward, Oklahoma. They became the parents of three boys, Charles, Leroy and Bryan and all became a part of being a farming family. As the youngster of an older farmers’ community, Bill was always called upon to help and very willingly gave assistance whatever the job might be.
As the years passed and grandchildren joined the family, they were eagerly welcomed. Christy, Tamara and Tenesha spent many hours in Bill’s care, mostly riding in the tractor or combine or feeding cattle. OH! What a help they were. The Bookstore ranch received the Centennial Ranch designation in 2002.
In 2004 Bill’s ill health forced him to retire from farming and his son, Leroy, took over the farm and ranch operations. Bill and Vena moved to Woodward and he enjoyed his time playing cards at the Senior Center. Bill never met a stranger and always had a joke to tell or a political opinion to share.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his son Charles, his sister Virginia Bookstore, and four brothers-in-law. He is survived by his wife, Vena of sixty-five years, two sons, Leroy Bookstore, and Bryan Bookstore; grandchildren, Christy Bookstore, Tamara Althouse, Tenesha Ryel and Kaleb Bookstore; great grandchildren, Dylan Lee and Alexis Redlinger, Eli Ryel and Isaiah Ryel; his sister Shirley Watson and three sisters-in-law.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Veterans’ Center, Alzheimer’s Unit, Clinton Oklahoma with the funeral home accepting the donations.