May 28, 1941 –
March 13, 2022
Bill Villines, 80, was ushered into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at his ranch east of Checotah, Ok after a tragic farm accident.
Billy “Buddy” Kennith Villines was born to Ed Villines and Effie Mae Humphrey Villines on May 28, 1941, in their rural home east of Checotah, OK. He attended elementary school at Central High in East Checotah and then transferred to Checotah High School where he graduated with the class of 1961. After attending Connors College for one semester and working on Eufaula Dam, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force. . In 1965, he plunged twenty-seven feet to the bottom of the Arkansas River to save a drowning young man. He saved the young man while almost losing his own life. For this act of heroism, he received the United States Air Force Airman’s Medal.
Bill proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force for four years and was honorably discharged in 1967. He then joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and graduated from the Twenty-Second Academy. He was named Soldier of the Year for heroism in 1971 after winning a shootout after arresting a man who had killed two Dallas police officers the day before. Bill was named Officer of the Year in the surrounding 5-state area the same year for ending the killing spree. During his service on the patrol, Bill earned a degree from Northwestern State University at Alva in Criminal Justice. He also obtained his private pilot’s license in 1970 and flew on patrol. Bill loved to fly and owned several planes, and took particular pride in mentoring his grandson Miles who is a professional pilot. Bill rose to the rank of lieutenant and retired as the Highway Patrol District Supervisor of Troop K Oklahoma in 1991.
Bill married Lynne Ann Evatt on June 16, 1977 in Chandler, Oklahoma, and was subsequently married for nearly forty-five years. After Bill’s retirement from the Highway Patrol, he owned a used car dealership in Stillwater where he made many lifelong friends during the ten years he was in business. He was also a die-hard OSU Cowboys fan who provided security for the college. He has befriended many talented coaches and players over the years and has proudly displayed his love of ‘orange and black’ at every opportunity. Bill was invited by the commissioner of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in 2002 to return to work in law enforcement, and he worked for them for another ten years before retiring again in 2014 to work full time. on his
Circle V Ranch east of Checotah. Bill was one of seven board members for Rural Water District No. 5 in Checotah until his death.
Bill was a member of the First Baptist Church of Checotah for several years, serving as a Sunday morning usher and attending Ralph Davidson’s Sunday School class. Bill had a heart of gold beneath his “rough-edge” exterior. He was known for donating his time and money to causes that others may deem unworthy, but when a need arose in the community, he was always there. He loved and fiercely protected his family, especially his wife Ann.
Bill was predeceased by his parents Ed and Effie Villines, his son Jonathan, his brothers Coy, Jay, Burl, Merle and his sister Lois. He is survived by his wife Ann, his daughters Jami (David) Turner, Tina (Ross) Keener, Lynne Cunningham, Erynne (Tom) Oblak and his son Randal (Miranda) Villines. He is also survived by his grandsons Miles Turner, Evatt and Eyan Holmstrom, Jack Frame, Christian Keener, Samuel Thompson and Rylan Villines and his granddaughters Alexandra (Houston) Golden, Emily (Brandon) Callendar, Chevy Bullington, Alynne Holmstrom, Macy Keener and Madilynne Villines. and several great-grandchildren.
The pallbearers are Randal Villines, Miles Turner, Roy Duvall, Bill Duvall, David Turner, Aaron Miller, Curtis Blocker and Thomas Oblak. Honorary bearers are Jeff Gazaway, Gene Lockwood, Boyd Walker, Charley Lawson and all members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at the Hunn Funeral Home and Cremation Service Chapel. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Bill’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2022 at Checotah First Baptist Church, 210 SW 2nd St., Checotah, Oklahoma. Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Checotah under the direction of Hunn’s Funeral Home and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Honor Guard.
Published on March 16, 2022