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Subject: [GAMEL-L] John S. Gammill
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 08:54:41 EST
GAMMILL The body of John S. Gammill died Tuesday, April 5, 1994, but his
spirit is with the Lord he loved for eternity, and the memory of John will be
with all those who loved him. John was born in Devol, Ok. August 3, 1923 to
Cora and Boone Gammill. He was very proud of being raised in the rural
communities of Randlett and Devol, Ok. He talked fondly of the one room school
he attended at Cedric, Ok.
John's strong rural roots and the values he learned as a very young child
guided his life for over 70 years. There were two principals that governed his
life: First, his favorite scripture, Micah 6:8 "And what the Lord requires of
you: Only to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your
God. " Second: his definition of character, "to go on and do what you know you
should do even after the mood and motivation have left you. " John practiced
these two principals daily. After being honorably discharged from the US Navy
in 1946, John moved and made his home in Oklahoma City. He went to work as a
tool and die maker only to change careers to the field of insurance sales
shortly thereafter. Not being a person to do anything half-heartedly, he went
from sales to owning his own agency and then decided to build his own company.
In September 1956, he founded Reserve National Insurance Company. The two
basic principals John subscribed to in life allowed him to build a company of
people dedicated to upholding the standards and traditions he had established
in his own life. John loved his native state of Oklahoma and actively promoted
it throughout the years. He had been a member of Oklahoma City Beautiful, the
Board of Governors of the Kirkpatrick Center, the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's
Association, the Men's Dinner Club, the Economic Club, the Oklahoma City and
Oklahoma State Chambers of Commerce, member of the OU Foundation Board, and
was vice chairman of the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation. He was also a
member of Putnam City Baptist Church, and numerous insurance organizations.
John is survived by his wife, Dolores; two sons, Lee S. Gammill and Randy G.
Gammill; and six grandchildren, Tamara, Bonnie, Heather, Shaun, Brian and
Kelley. He is also survived by his sister, Ima Jean Matthews; two nephews; and
a host of cousins and friends. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers,
memorials be made to The John S. Gammill Chair in Polycystic Kidney Research,
c/o University of Oklahoma Foundation, 100 Timberdell Rd., Norman, Ok. 73019,
or The Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation, 922 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo.
64106 or The Putnam City Baptist Church, 5604 N.W. 41st, OKC, Ok. 73122.
Services will be held Friday, April 8, 1994 at 10:00 a.m. at Putnam City
Baptist Church with interment at Memorial Park Cemetery.