Johnny Davilla Obituary, 2009

Johnny Davilla

ANADARKO – Funeral for Johnny Davilla, 81, Anadarko, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ware’s Chapel.

Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. today at Ware’s Chapel.

Mr. Davilla died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, in an Oklahoma City hospital.

Burial will be in Ware’s Cemetery under direction of Steverson Funeral Home, Anadarko.

He was born March 28, 1928, in Anadarko to John and Frances Valdez Davilla. He grew up in Anadarko and attended Anadarko Schools until he quit to join the Army when he was 17. He was awarded an honorary Anadarko High School diploma on Nov. 12, 2007. He served more than four years active duty and received the Occupation of Japan Medal before he was discharged in 1950 with the rank of corporal.

He married Marcia Lee Ware on June 6, 1952, in Henrietta, Texas.

Shortly after their marriage. they moved to Lawton, where he was a civil service employee at Fort Sill. He worked as a boiler fireman for 29 years, and the family moved back to Anadarko in 1973.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church at Ware’s Chapel., where he held all church offices.

After his retirement fro, Fory Sill, he opened Snoopy’s Diner, then opened Snoopy’s Indian Store and operated it for 16 1/2 years. He made silverwork and drums. One of his drums is displayed in the Mashantuckett Pequot Museum in Ledyard, Conn.

He was a nebdor at the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, NM, for 22 years and was recognized as “Man of the Year” for the Southwest region in 2008. He was a member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan of Chieftain Park and a part of the River Rats.

He joined the Lawron Masonic Lodge ans transferred to the Anadarko Lodge in 1973. He was pasr woethy patron of the Anadarko Lodge and the Eastern Star and a member of the Order of Ameranth in Chickasha.

Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law: LaDonna and Ernest Redbird, and Brenda and Ricardo Villalba, all of Anadarko; a son and daughterin-law, Allen John and Juleen Davilla, Hog Creek; grandchildren: Gary Davilla and fiancee; LaShawn Ownens, Oklahoma City; Angela Olvera and husband Antonio, Kateri Villalba, Staci Youngman and husband Keenan, Whitnee Allen Davilla, Maryann Guoladdle, Toby Redbird and Tiana Redbird, all of Anadarko; great-grandchildren: Lily, Anna, Gabriel, John and Miley Lee’Ann Olvera, all of Anadarko; a great-granddaughter, Cassidy Davilla, Anadarko; a sister, Geraldine Torralba, and sister-in-law, Shirley Davilla, both of Anadarko; many close nieces and nephews; adopted sons: Richard Kelley, Chris White, Stratford Williams, Ben Perez, Richard Tartsah Jr. and Lance Ware; adopted daughter, Viola Zumwalt, godchild, Haley Williams, many other relatives, neighbors and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Raymond Davilla; a sister, Angeline Davilla; and a niece, Cheryl Vance.

Friends may call until 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Source:  Steverson Funeral Home, Anadarko, Oklahoma

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