NEWS FROM THE HUT by John Hamilton
This is going to be a “Flashback” series about veterans who have been part of the history of the HUT, Post 142 in Hominy, Oklahoma, and part of the history of the Hominy community. All veterans are special patriots and deserve to be honored, but the veterans who are no longer with us also deserve to be honored, and that is the purpose of this “Flashback” series for veterans that have passed into the Hominy Post 142 Post Everlasting Memorial in our hearts
Howard Gene Ware
Gene Ware was born, Howard Gene Ware, on Oct. 14, 1926, to David Clark Ware and Dora M. (Smith) Ware at a homestead in the Mound Valley area of northeast Oklahoma. He was the second of eight children.
Gene graduated in Wynona, Oklahoma, at Wynona High School in 1944, served in the Army and graduated college from Oklahoma A&M (now known as Oklahoma State University).
He returned to the Wynona area and began working at the First National Bank of Hominy in early 1950’s.
He married Mary Ann Dunlap in 1956 and both daughters were born in Wynona. He left the Hominy/Wynona area in 1966 and moved his family to Muskogee, Oklahoma where he worked at the Veteran’s Association. He assisted young men returning from the Vietnam War to qualify for benefits.
Gene returned to Hominy in 1969 and to the First National Bank. He stayed in Hominy for the remainder of his life with his loving companion and wonderful friend to his family, Jane Johnson, of Wynona, Oklahoma, who preceded him in death in 2011.
He was a long-time member of the Masonic Lodge serving as Grand Master, an ombudsman for the Hominy Nursing Home, active in the Senior Citizen’s Center of Hominy, and a member of the Missouri Fox trotters’ Association.
He continued to raise chickens, rabbits, and horses until his placement in the Claremore Veterans’ Nursing Home in 2016. He was also an avid sports fan and attended Hominy Bucks football and basketball games for over 40 years.
Gene Ware, 91, longtime Hominy, Oklahoma resident, left this world on Wed., Jan. 31, 2018.
Bobby Travis Davis
Bobby Travis Davis, of Yantis, TX. was born October 21, 1928, to Travis and Willie Pearl “Billie” Davis in Denton, TX.
Bobby served in the US Navy in Tsing Tao China in WWII alongside of the Marine Corps. Bobby was a vital part of working on HWY 20 in Oklahoma between Hominy and Fairfax, did various jobs including working at a manufacturing company called DICO in Tulsa, OK and ran the tool crib; he also founded a prison ministry called “Straight Up” at Dick Conners Correctional Center.
Bobby Davis, 89, of Yantis, TX. passed away January 3, 2018.
Until further notice, our regular Legion meeting will be the third Thursday of each month. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, October 21st at 7:00 PM. The next Sons of the American Legion (SAL) will be on Thursday, October 21st at 5:00 PM. The Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings have been resumed at 8:00 AM. If you are a veteran, come by for our monthly meeting, and/or the Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings. Several of the Post 142 members meet on Wednesday’s at Daylight Donuts on OK-99 around 8:00 AM in Hominy for coffee and breakfast treats. If you have a good story, it may end up in print. Also, keep up with us at the Post 142 website “americanlegion142.org” and Hominy Legion on Facebook.