Walter Jefferson Keenon Shields

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Walter Jefferson Keenon Shields

May 17, 1929 - July 06, 2018

Walter Jefferson Keenon Shields After a four month struggle with brain cancer, Walter Jefferson Keenon Shields, went home to his Lord and our mother's waiting arms on July 6, 2018.
Walter was born in McAlester, on May 17, 1929, to Wiley Allen Keenon and Ruth Loretta Stroud Keenon. After his mother died four weeks later, he was raised and later adopted by Ruth's aunt, Letha Neoma Stroud Shields, and husband, Audie Clinton Shields.
He was preceded in death by both set of parents, and his brothers, Billie Eugene and Glen Allen Keenon, and Clinton and Herman Clyde Shields.
During his life time, Walter lived in McAlester and Atoka, working for Public Service Company before he retired. After retirement he moved to Mountain View, Arkansas, San Antonio, Texas, and Norman.
He was a Christian and was active in First Baptist churches in McAlester and Atoka, and later in Foothills Baptist Church, Mountain View, Arkansas, and Shearer Hills Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas.
He was ordained as a Baptist Deacon at Atoka First Baptist Church, and took his duties very seriously. His favorite Bible verse was Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
Walter joined the United States Army 45th Division in June 1948 and was immediately sent to the 38th parallel during the Korean War. Later, he transferred to the United States Army Reserve 377th Regiment, 95th Division where he retired in September 1976 as first sergeant.
Walter was preceded in death by the love of his life, Willia Dean Gray Shields. They were married on June 15, 1952, in McAlester.
He is survived by two daughters, Judy Kay and husband, Robert Chris Madeira, of Georgetown, Texas, and daughter, Mary Jane and husband, Ruben Wayne DeLeon, of Blanchard, and grandchildren, William Keenon DeLeon and wife, Andrea Dawn, of Oklahoma City, and Allison Elizabeth Bennett and husband, Jason Brent, of Bay City, Texas. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Annaleigh Dean, Evalyn May, and Wayne Kaison DeLeon, and Ella Marie, Jace Wylie, and Jackson Wade Bennett; along with his sister, Nona Sue Keenon Sheerer, of Norman, and nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Walter J. never met a stranger and would talk to anyone. It took him hours to run errands because he visited with so many people. He was passionate about his family, knew when to keep his peace and let his children make their own mistakes. His home was always open to whoever decided to drop by for a visit any time of day. He loved to sit on his front porch and wave to neighbors as they passed and then welcomed them into his home for food and fellowship. He loved to read about the old west and to learn about history. His favorite television show was American Pickers.
Walter loved to watch University of Oklahoma football and girls softball with his friends at Silver Elm Estates. In his last few days he watched the NCAA World Series and finished his last week watching the Boston Red Sox win over the Nationals.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations be sent to Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation, P.O. Box 592, Washington, OK, 73093. Phone number 405-550-8806, and website: Dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org. This volunteer organization works to serve United States military veterans and their families focusing on assistance and guidance through the Veterans Administration Rules and Regulations.
Published on July 28, 2018
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