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Joe O. Kerley
Joe Oliver Kerley, 86, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2007 in Iowa Park.

Graveside Services will be at the Highland Cemetery Pavilion on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 11 AM with the Rev. Dennis Neal officiating. Services are under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park.

Joe was born November 13, 1920 in Ardmore, OK to Guy L. and Mamie B. Kerley. He worked at the early age of 15 as a truck driver to survive during the great depression. He entered into the military at Fort Bliss on January 4, 1942 where he was a PFC, a Veteran of Foreign Wars in New Guinea, the Northern Solomon Islands, and the South Philippines in the 11th Airdrome Squadron. He was wounded and missing in action June 28, 1943 and was wounded and missing in action July 17, 1943. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart among other medals he received during service. He was honorably discharged from the US Army on December 20, 1945 at Fort Sam Houston.

He married his wife of 50 years, Clara Jewel Green, on May 10, 1954 in Albuquerque, NM. They moved to Odessa, TX where he continued to drive a truck for Shorty Hall Rig Co. He received meritorious awards from the International Association of Drilling Contractors, Certificates of First Aid Training from the Department of the Interior Bureau of Mines and the Royal Order of Fire Eaters at E.P. Sibley #1 for Red Adair. He was a member of the VFW, Moose Lodge, and the Teamster’s Union. He had his own trucks leased to Shorty Hall Rig Co. until he retired in 1986. He and his wife then moved to Iowa Park, TX, where he remained until his death.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; his parents; his grandson, Vincent McClinton, son-in-law, John Rogers; his buddy “Sis” Wanda Nolan, two brothers, and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

He is survived by his daughter Rita Rogers of Iowa Park; two sons, Buster McClinton and wife Denny of Odessa, TX, and Jerry McClinton and wife Roni of Brandon, FL; loving honorary daughter, Stacie Hatfield of Iowa Park, TX; 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

The family would like to especially thank Oleta North, the staff of Park Home Health and the Friendly Door, the Iowa Park Police Department and the First Responders. Thank you all for caring for our Dad and also, we love you Fanny, Nig and Tag and the rest of our family. Thanks for your support.

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