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Wyndel Earl Blakemore went to be home with his Lord on November 18, 2023, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Dementia.
Wyndel was born August 30, 1937, in Madill, OK, to Earl and Callie Blakemore. He was the fourth of five sons. His family lived on a farm and planted, howed and picked cotton. He attended Madill High School where he and his brother Henry played baseball and basketball. After graduation he married Mary Francis Little, who lived in Kingston, OK. The two schools were big rivals. Wyndel and Mary were blessed with 3 daughters. Mary took care of the girls while Wyndel worked long and hard in the small aircraft repair business.
In 1973, his hard work paid off and he was in a position to start his own company, Jet Service. Under his leadership the company became very successful and allowed many benefits to his family and all of his employees, over the next 38 years.
In his “spare time” Wyndel began coaching Wynell’s fastpitch softball team, the OKC Jets. As with most things Wyndel touched, the team was very successful. In 1979 they were the first team ever, outside the state of California, to win the 18-year-old ASA National Championship. Wyndel continued to coach girls’ fastpitch softball for 25 more years. He assisted many girls to get college scholarships and influenced many more to be their best and be very successful adults.
Wyndel was generous to a fault. He would give someone the shirt off his back if he knew they needed it. He was a generous employer and always wanted his employees to have the best benefits and pay possible. He gave much of his retirement to his employees, paying them personally, in an effort to continue the business in bad times. He and Mary were very generous with their family, especially giving their daughters and grandchildren tuition money for college until they no longer could.
In addition to his wife Mary, Wyndel was preceded in death by brothers Frances and Neil and grandson Blake Deaton. He is survived by daughters Mary Pickett and husband Jerry, Anita Humphreys and husband John, Wynell Lowell and husband Brent, grandchildren Kristen Hankinson, Katherine Pickett Mullens, Julie Lindley, Kelly Pickett, Scott Humphreys, Christopher Humphreys, David Humphreys, Sean Lowell, Reagan Lowell, Chelsea Lowell VanZant and Tiffani Lowell and 22 and 2/3rds great-grandchildren.
Wyndel will be missed by many and remembered as a great salesman and charmer, brother, son, coach, Dad and Grandad.
The Memorial Service for Wyndel will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at Buchanan Funeral Service, 8712 N Council Rd. Oklahoma City, OK 73132.