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Noland, Wilbur Dean1960

D.O.D 08/05/2014 - Dean Noland, of Graham, Texas, was born September 4, 1938, in Enid, Oklahoma. He was the only child of Earl “Junior” Noland and Alice Ileene Shorter Noland. He was a “bargain baby.” When he was born, the hospital charged $38 to encourage couples to have their babies in a hospital instead of at home.

Wilbur was raised on a farm west of Waukomis, Oklahoma, and attended school for three years at Morning Star, a one-room school, and graduated from Waukomis High School in 1956, where he was a Junior-Master Farmer in FFA and very active in instrumental and vocal music. He attended Phillips University in 1956 and Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) in 1957, and OSU again in 1962. He obtained a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1965 from OSU and a Master of Science in elementary education, also from OSU.

He was a band director in Oklahoma and Kansas for 10 years and was a fifth-grade teacher at Skyline Elementary in Stillwater for 17 years.

Wilbur qualified for an Administrator’s Certificate, but decided to stay in the “frying pan” and out of the “fire,” so he chose to remain in the classroom, where he was a positive influence and role model for many children.

Before teaching, he also had several other jobs including power plant operator at Boomer Lake Station in Stillwater, tool and die maker for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., and a machinist for the George E. Failing Company in Enid. Wilbur had been a Fuller Brush Man, painter at Beech Aircraft, assembler at Coleman Co., convenience store manager, jewelry store manager and retail sales at several other stores.

While attending Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, Wilbur met Maggie Sue Rundell of Bryson, Texas. They were married December 30, 1956, in Waukomis, Oklahoma.

After their retirement, Wilbur and Maggie lived full-time in their RV for 13 years. They traveled from the Pacific to the Atlantic and from Mexico to Canada and were very fond of Montana. They made many friends in their travels.

Wilbur had a daughter, Tammy Jo Noland and a son, Marty Joe Noland. He died August 5, 2014.