Funeral services with Military Honors for John Edgar Bourquin, 88, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.
Mr. Bourquin went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Sunset Estates Nursing Home in Purcell.
John was born on December 16, 1930, in Purcell, Oklahoma. He was the youngest of three children born to Edgar Frederick Bourquin and Annie Lynn (Allcorn) Bourquin. John grew up in Purcell, attended Purcell Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1948. He also married, raised a family and lived his entire life in his hometown of Purcell.
On May 10, 1952, John married Wanda M. Madden, the love of his life. Soon after their marriage, John was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Rolla, Missouri, during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged two years later and returned to Purcell, where he and Wanda raised their five children.
For eleven years, John farmed and drove Purcell Public School buses before starting a new civil service career at Tinker Air Force Base as a machinist in 1965 until his retirement in 1992 after 26 years of service.
While working full-time, John continued farming, raising livestock and attending his children’s school activities as a proud band, 4-H and FFA parent. John was a faithful Christian and lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Purcell. John and Wanda were active in the fundraising and the dedication of the new Purcell Falls Creek cabin while teaching an Adult Sunday School class.
In his spare time, John enjoyed growing large vegetable gardens, fishing farm ponds and woodworking.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Annie Bourquin; wife, Wanda Bourquin on Dec. 18, 2015; one son, Donnie Bourquin; one grandson, Trey Bourquin; one brother, Leslie Bourquin and one sister, Ruth Lynn.
He is survived by his four children, Bonnie Vculek and husband, Greg, of Waukomis, Okla., Barbara Winans and husband, Julius, of Boca Raton, Fla., Leslie Bourquin and wife, Deepa, of Mason, Michigan, and John Bourquin II and wife, Tammy, of Purcell; eight grandchildren,Jacob Wedel, Teddie Vculek, Aimee Vculek, Sandi Ashley, Elizabeth Bauer, Holly Burrus, Andy Bourquin and Talley Bourquin; 16 great-grandchildren, Lilly, Anakin, Journey, T.J., Colbie, Sammie, Landon, Logan, Stetson, Sawyer, Nikolaus, Sheyenne, Hailey, McKenzie, Jace and Sterling; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Memorials may be sent to Purcell First Baptist Church Falls Creek Fund (or) to 4RKids Capital Campaign of Enid, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be made at wilsonlittle.com.