- Ada, Oklahoma

September 24, 2013

Morris Joseph Gonsoulin Jr

Ada —

Services for Morris Joseph Gonsoulin Jr., 73, of Ada are at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father Rusty Hewes will officiate. 

A prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Criswell Funeral Home.

Mr. Gonsoulin died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at a Shawnee hospital.

He was born Oct. 7, 1939 in Morbihan, La., to Morris J. and Audrey Wiltz Gonsoulin. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Port Arthur, Texas, and attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in government and business management. He also earned a master of arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in marketing. During his career as a civil service employee, he also attended numerous other universities and institutes.

He married Lena Maria Lehman. She preceded him in death Jan. 19, 1994. He later married Mary Evelyn Stubbs  May 23, 1998. 

Mr. Gonsoulin began his civil service career at Oklahoma City Air Logistic Center, Tinker Air Force Base, as a travel assistant in 1969. He planned world-wide travel arrangements for the Department of Defense personnel.

In 1973, he was assigned to the logistics plans division as a staff planner. In this capacity, he developed long- and short-range plans in support of the Air Force mission. In 1979, he accepted the position of budget program manager for aircraft and missile modifications at HQ Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In 1984, he accepted a position at HQ United States Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a staff planner. In 1988, he returned to Wright-Patterson AFB as a software quality assurance manager. He retired in 1997. 

In 1997, after his retirement, he moved to Ada from Dayton, Ohio. Since his retirement, he has been involved in civic and parish activities in the local community and at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ada. His community involvement included the Diamond “K” Kiwanis Club, AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderly, and Meals on Wheels.

In addition to being a member of St. Joseph Parish, he served in the following capacities: a member of the Parish Council, a member of the Finance Committee, a eucharistic minister and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5160.

Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Gonsoulin, of the home; his son, Morland Gonsoulin and his wife, Jerlynn of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his daughter, Morna Gonsoulin, Houston, Texas; a stepdaughter, Jernita Randolph, Atlanta, Ga.; his grandchildren, Lyndsey Gonsoulin, Colorado Springs, Colo., Maryn Washington, Houston, Texas, and Taylen Washington, Houston; many nephews, cousins and extended family; and numerous close friends, relatives and associates.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lena; and sisters, Ethel, Myrtle and Hazel.

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