Jack Robert Traynor, was born on April 25, 1925, the son of William E. and Pearl C. Traynor in Newkirk. He attended St. Francis Catholic School in Newkirk and graduated from Newkirk High School in 1943. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served in the 320th Fighter Control Squadron of the Army Air Corp.
During his service he was a radio operator, stationed in the Philippines and earned the Good Conduct Medal, as well as the Victory, American Theater and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbons. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1949, he worked in the oil fields of Kansas and then at the smelter in Blackwell. He studied at Central State College in Edmond, where he focused on physics, physical sciences and education, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science. After graduating, he began teaching electronics at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colo., leading him to employment in the aerospace industry. At the Martin Marietta Company he worked on aerospace engineering projects, troubleshooting at missile sites in several states and rockets for the space program. During a reorganization of the Boeing Company, he moved to Seattle, Wash., to work as a contract administrator for the aircraft manufacturer. His work took him throughout the United States, Japan, China, Italy,Ireland, England and Canada. He took early retirement from Boeing to care for his wife until her death.
Jack passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at the age of 92. His many friends and family in Ponca City, across Oklahoma, throughout the United States and around the world will miss his ready smile and wonderful stories about his travels and experiences. He will live on in our hearts and be remembered for his everlasting compassion with which he welcomed his loved ones throughout his final days.
Jack is survived by his sister, Betty Williams, of Ponca City; his daughter, Lorraine and her husband Jeff Korklan, of Tucson Ariz.; his grandchildren, Mahala, Henry, Zoë and Nicole of Tucson, Ariz. and many, many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Pearl; siblings, Bernie Traynor, H.F. Fedon Traynor, Marie Traynor, Paul Traynor, Leonard Traynor, Russell Traynor, Raymond Traynor, Mike Traynor, Evelyn Traynor Leterle Neumann, Richard “Dick” Traynor and Patricia Traynor Woodring.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 5, at 10 a.m. at Trout Funeral Home with the Rev. Deva Undralla, associate pastor at the Church of Saint Mary, will be officiating. Burial is to be at Vachon Island, Wash., at a later date. The family requests no flowers.