A celebration of the life of Wilbur David Vancil will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Claremore. Visitation will be on Thursday from 1-8 pm, with family receiving visitors from 6-8 at the funeral home. Burial will be on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Luling Cemetery in Luling, Texas. Wilbur passed away on July 21, 2013 when he lost his battle with cancer but won the victory of everlasting life through his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He was 79.
Born in Gonzales, Texas on December 19, 1933 to Wilbon and Clara (Wolf) Vancil, Wilbur was raised and educated in Luling, TX. After graduating high school, Wilbur served his country for 10 years, first as a Texas National Guardsman then he became a part of the U.S. Army 10th Infantry Mountain Division, completing his service in the U.S. Army Reserve. Wilbur was a proud veteran, proud of his country and of our American soldiers for whose safety he prayed daily.
On December 22, 1958 Wilbur married Patricia Page in a ceremony in San Marcos, TX. Their union, which lasted for 54 years, was blessed with three children whom they raised in California before making Claremore their home. Following graduation from Spartan School of Aeronautics, Wilbur went on to work as an Aircraft Inspector for American Airlines where he retired in 1998 after a 40 year career.
A member of the First Baptist Church of Claremore for 35 years, Wilbur served as a children’s Sunday school teacher and later was active in the Men’s Class. He came to know the Lord at the age of 10 and loved to share God’s word. He always carried a small bible in his back pocket and it even had a bit of duct tape on it to keep it together.
An avid gardener, Wilbur loved to grow geraniums and would graft trees, never cutting one down. He loved nature and God’s world. He was a hunter and fisherman and also enjoyed camping and backpacking through the countryside. A lover of travel, Wilbur toured the majority of the United States as well as 18 different countries.
This loving husband, father and grandfather will be missed by all who knew him. Wilbur is survived by his wife Pat; children David Vancil of Claremore, Lisa White and husband Treg of Wichita, KS, Phillip Vancil and wife Kim of Keller, TX; grandchildren Chandra, Brittany, Natalie, Broc, Matthew and wife Brooke, Jacob, Bryce, Timothy, Baylie and Gage; great grandchildren Aidan, Scarlett, Maya and Aria; sister Evelyn Vancil of Luling, TX; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and countless friends. Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents.
In Lieu of flowers or other condolences, please consider sending a donation in Wilbur Vancil’s name to First Baptist Church Building Fund at 107 E. Will Rogers Blvd. Claremore, OK 74017.