L. Joseph Anstine

Birth: Dec. 16, 1924 Peckham   Kay County Oklahoma, USA
Death: Nov. 7, 1955 Chicago Cook County Illinois, USA

Okla Rm 2, USNR WWII

L. Joseph Anstine, son of Fred L. and Lurene O. Anstine, was born in Peckham, Okla.; Dec. 16, 1924, and passed away November 7, 1955, at his home at 1209 W. Sherwin Street, Chicago Ill.

He attended Peckham Grade School and was a member of the 1942 graduating class of the Newkirk High School. After completing high school he entered the employment of the American News Company of Wichita, Kansas and remained in their employment until he entered the Navy in June, 1943.

He received his naval training at the U.S. Naval Training Station at Farragut, Idaho, and remained there as an instructor in radio school until he was called for sea duty in the Pacific Theatre of War as a radioman aboard the flag ship U.S.S. Neshoba. After the close of the war he returned to the United States and received his discharge on his 21st birthday, December 16, 1945.

He attended Oklahoma A&M College at Stillwater for one semester after which he entered Ft. Hays College at Hays, Kans., in September, 1946, for a pre-law course, majoring in Political Science and was an Honor Student of the 1950 graduating class and received his B.S. degree in Political Science. While attending Ft. Hays he was listed in "Who's Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities." He was a past National Vice President of his Social Fraternity Kappa Sigma Kappa. His honorary national fraternities were Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Gamma Mu, Pi Kappa Delta and Alpha Pi Omega. He was a member of the international Relations club and a member of V.F.W. Post No 423 and many other organizations and was an honor graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor receiving his law degree in June, 1953.

In July, 1953, he joined the law firm of Chapman and Cutler of Chicago, Ill., and was associated with them at the time of his death which came as a sudden and unexpected shock to all who knew and loved him. Joe was a young man of sterling qualities and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a devoted son, a kind and loving brother; a faithful and understanding friend. 

He was a member of the Episcopal Church and was a faithful follower of its teachings. He was preceded in death by his father Sept. 8, 1935, and by an elder brother who died in infancy April 7, 1914.

Funeral services were held in the Peckham Christian Church November 11, 1955, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Thomas O. Moehie of the Grace Episcopal Church in Ponca City officiating.
Miss Dorothy Dearing, accompanied by Mrs. Needham, sang Ava Maria, which was a favorite selection of the deceased.
Casket bearers, who were former classmates, were Eldon Hays of Blackwell, Carl Coates of Ponca City, Frank Coates of Tonkawa, Jerome Mauk of Blackwell, Ernest Vap of Newkirk, and Ben Stockton of Peckham.
He is survived by his mother Mrs. Lurene Anstine; one brother Jack L. Anstine of Wheatland, Wyoming; two sisters, Mrs. Eugene Cottrell of Ellenwood, Kansas and Mrs. Everett Masters of Newkirk; two nephews, Fred Cottrell and Ricky Don Masters; three nieces, Sue Anstine and Sheryl Kay and Debra Gay Masters; and a large number of other relatives and a host of friends.
Interment was in the Newkirk Cemetery under the direction of the Stahl Funeral Home of Newkirk. 

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Fred Leroy Anstine (1887 - 1935)
Lurene Ollie Green Anstine (1894 - 1974)