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The service celebrating the life of Jerry Don Sanner, 81, of Velma is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in the Velma Baptist Church with Harley Files officiating.  Services are under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home.  There will be a visitation at Don Grantham Funeral home on Friday from 4-6 p.m.
Jerry Don Sanner was born Jan. 3, 1936, in Velma, Oklahoma to Nettie Mary (Files) and Lum Frank Sanner, the sixth of seven children.  He departed this life on Jan. 3, 2017, his 81st birthday.  
Jerry graduated from Velma Alma High School in 1955 and always told us his favorite teacher was Mr. Biffle and his favorite class was FFA.  He was offered a track scholarship at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M but he turned it down and went to work in the oil field.  In his oilfield career he worked as a rough-neck, contract pumper, roustabout, production foreman and drilling superintendent.  He worked for companies like Skelly, Champlin and Union Pacific Resources.  He worked for Champlin a total of 26 years but finally accepted an early retirement in 2006 to focus full time on his own business, Jerry Sanner Oil Properties, established in 1969.  
Jerry married Georgia Ann (Pittman) Sanner on Nov. 21, 1955.  They later divorced after 30 years but never remarried and continued to participate in family activities and support one another.  The couple lived in Duncan, Cement, Velma and Enid.  Eventually he moved closer to where he grew up.  Jerry was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to purchase his great-grandmother's (Maggie Francis Sanner Richardson) homestead place which originated as her Indian allotment where he fulfilled a dream of raising Black Angus cattle.  Jerry loved to garden, was a proud of his Choctaw heritage and loved OU Sooner football.  Jerry enjoyed the companionship and support of nephews, nieces, cousins and good friends of the Velma and Duncan areas allowing him to remain on the farm longer than his health would otherwise allow.  He was a regular at the "Table of Wisdom" at Speedy G's in Velma.
Jerry is survived by his four daughters; Nettie Carol Horner (Terry) and Jerri Ann Throckmorton (George) both of Drummond, Ora Jeneane (Jeannie) Barclay (Gary) of Enid and Paula Renee Patton (Jerry) of Conway, Arkansas.  Eight grandchildren; Ginger Ann (Ginny) Umstead (Mike) and Jerry Lee Ray (Butch) Horner (Shirey) both of Enid, Chance Eldon Throckmorton of Drummond, Jessica Ann (Jessi) Burkes (Teague) of Helena, Sarah Dawn Jerry (Justin) of Edmond, Audrey Lynn Ward (Richard) of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, William Isaac (Billy) Patton and Sanner Harrison Patton (Heather) both of Conway, Arkansas.  Thirteen great-grandchildren and another one on the way; Miles Alexander Shaddy of Drummond, Madisen LeeAnn and Mitchell Austin Shaddy, Gabe Michael Umstead, Xavier Mikel Gividen and Chloe Samarra Roye all of Enid, Javen Andrew and Sayler Raine Jerry of Edmond, Thomas Richard and Natalie Fahey Ward of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Blakely Eldon Riggs and Henry Dean Burkes of Helena, and Jacob Sanner Patton of Conway Arkansas. He is survived by his half sister Frankie Sanner and multiple nephews, nieces, cousins and his Aunt Fern Wilson.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Lum Frank and Nettie Mary (Files) Sanner, two sisters, Neva Louise Clark , Neta Joyce Kuntz, four brothers George Lee (GL) Sanner, Harold Frank (Monk) Sanner, Winferd Wayne Sanner and Jimmy Howard Sanner.
Condolences can be made and service information provided through www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jerry's name can be made to Hospice Circle of Love, Enid, OK www.hospicecircleoflove.com .
Published on January 5, 2017
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