- Ada, Oklahoma

January 19, 2013

Joe Willard Lansford

The Ada News

Sulphur —  

Joe Willard Lansford, 97, Sulphur, died Thursday , Jan.  17, 2013, at Oklahoma Veterans Center.

Graveside service are 11 a.m. Jan. 23, 2013, at Drake Cemetery in Sulphur.

Mr. Lansford was born Sept. 18, 1915, in Nebo to Joe Douglas and Mae Minson Lansford. 

He and Maud Della Swindle were married Dec. 11, 1938, in Sulphur. She died Dec. 15, 2010.

He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 808, and assisted with projects in Colorado, Arizona and Oklahoma, specifically Platt National Park at Sulphur. After his time with the CCC, Mr. Lansford moved to Oakland, Calif. and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. While in the Marines, he was stationed at Pearl Harbor and Maui, Hawaii. His duties in the Marines included military police and field cook. After he was honorably discharged from the  Marines in 1946, Mr. Lansford spent several years in the oilfield before taking a job with the U.S. Soil Conservation Corps. He retired in the mid-1980s.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Judy Lansford, Ada; two grandchildren, Mecia Ann Lansford and Brandon Phillip Lansford and his wife Serena, all fo Ada; great-grandchildren Ashtyn and Connor Lansford, both of Ada; and a sister, Billie Rae Stover, California.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maud; a sister, Keatha Scaff; and two brothers, Forrest Dale and Sterman "Bill" Lansford.