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Willard Boyce Collier, 92, of Midwest City, OK entered the kingdom of heaven on March 5, 2017 following a life filled with service and devotion to his family, his community, his country, and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A true American hero, Willard was raised in Okemah, OK. He attended Excelsior High School prior to being inducted into the United States Army on July 25, 1943. Upon completion of basic training at Camp Shanks, New York, Willard was assigned to the 3205th quartermaster service unit and participated in the initial invasion of Utah Beach in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 (D-Day). He proudly served under General George S. Patton at St. Lo, France, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. Later, Willard was tasked with the oversight of Prisoners of War until receiving his discharge as an Honored Veteran of World War II on June 30, 1946. After returning home, Willard married the love of his life Nova Payne on September 14, 1946 and enrolled in college at Connors State Agricultural College and later at Oklahoma A&M where he earned his degree in Agriculture Education in 1950. This degree enabled Willard to serve as the Vocational Agriculture teacher in Mutual, OK, Dustin, OK, and later Stroud, OK where he taught for 26 years prior to retiring in 1984 to begin working for Blue and Gold sausage company. Whether through direct education of students or helping with fundraising efforts through Blue and Gold, Willard loved working with the 4-H and FFA programs of Oklahoma. He considered it a privilege to teach Oklahoma"s youth the life lessons that these programs represent, and was blessed with many lasting friendships developed through his association with them. During his time on Earth, Willard was the recipient of multiple honors and awards. Some of these honors include a Good Conduct Medal for his Service in the United States Army, A Meritorious Unit Commendation, a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, 3 Bronze Service Stars with arrowhead, a WWII Victory Medal, an Honorable Service Lapel Button (WWII), a Marksman Badge from the United States Army, and a Championship Marksmanship Award. Willard was also an Honoree of the youth expo of Oklahoma, and a member of the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma, The Stroud Lion"s Club, and Stroud American Legion Post #257. While Willard was proud of his service to his community and country; his greatest love was for his family and his Lord. Together, he and his wife, Nova, were blessed with a son, a daughter in law that they considered their own daughter, three grandsons, and nine great grandchildren. They dedicated their life together to pouring into the lives of each of them. Rarely was there a ballgame, a school program, a birthday party, or baptism that "Grandad Collier" wasn"t first in attendance for (often times volunteering to help out anywhere needed). He loved to tell stories about each of his family members, and he was never shy about offering them his advice and encouragement whenever needed. Most importantly, Willard"s greatest legacy was setting a Christian example for each of them in the way he lived his life and in the way he honored his wife in everything that he did. He is preceded in death by he and Nova"s only child, Steven Boyce Collier, his parents, Andy and Lessie Collier, and his siblings Garland, Albert, Opal and Lois. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Nova Payne Collier, his daughter-in-law, Marsha Collier, his three grandsons and their wives Chris and Donna Collier, Andy and Krista Collier, and Brad and Amber Collier, his nine great grandchildren, Easton, Annalyn, Abby, Merrick, Anderson, Ainsley, Marlee, Scarlett and Miles, as well as many nieces and nephews and many wonderful extended family and friends. A special thank you from the family goes to Dr. Ryan Biggers of Mid-Del Family Physicians and the staff at Arbor House Assisted Living for the wonderful care that was given to someone that was so special to everyone who Willard came in contact with. A Celebration of Willard"s Life is scheduled for Wed. March 8, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at Meadowood Baptist Church in Midwest City, OK. Funeral arrangements to be handled by Barnes and Friederich Funeral Home in Midwest City.


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Visitation

Tuesday

7

Mar

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Barnes Friederich Funeral Home

1820 S. Douglas Blvd.
Midwest City, OK 73130

Funeral

Wednesday

8

Mar

10:30 AM
Meadowood Baptist Church

2816 N Woodcrest Dr
Oklahoma City, OK 73110

Cemetery Details

Location

Arlington Memory Gardens

3400 N Midwest Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73141

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