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James Duane Latta
July 4, 1934 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Duane Latta, 89, died on February 6, 2024 at his home in Moore. He was born on July 4, 1934 in Woodward, OK to Truman and Katherine Latta. He grew up on a farm near Fargo, OK. He graduated from Fargo High School in 1952. He drove a school bus until he graduated and then he continued to work on the family farm until he joined the Navy in 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1957. While serving in the Navy he received the Good Conduct Medal, the China Service Ribbon, and the National Defense Medal. He then went to work at Western State Hospital in Ft. Supply. He met Yvonne in 1957 while working at the hospital. They married on April 6, 1958 in Woodward. They moved to Garden City, KS in 1959 and their first daughter Pam was born on March 19, 1959. In 1962 they moved to Moore, OK and their second daughter Rhonda was born on July 13, 1962. They were happily married for 55 years until Yvonne passed away on October 27, 2013.
Duane worked at Tinker Air Force Base from 1959 until he retired in 1988. During all of his years at Tinker and until he was 80 years old, he ran his own business, Latta Air Conditioning Service. He finally decided at 80 years old he could retire from the business. He was a member of the Moore Jaycees for several years. He was an active member of the First Christian Church of Moore for 57 years and a member of the Christian Men's Fellowship group. 9 years ago, he met Jerri Sullivan, and they shared an enjoyment of country and western dancing, going to the casinos, going out to eat, and traveling together. They spent these last years enjoying each other and life together.
Duane is survived by two daughters, Pam Hollen and Jeff Higgins and Rhonda Latta both of Moore, two grandsons Brandon Hollen and wife Amanda and great grandson Elias of Joplin, MO and Chris Hollen of Wellston, two granddaughters, Lesli and Titus Neuenschwander of Carthage, MO and Lindsay and Scott Alexander of Chicago, IL, one son in law Larry Hollen of Wellston, three sisters in law, Carolyn Holloway and Jessie Latta both of Moore and Beverly and Vance Woods of May, two brothers in law, Wayne Fields and wife Jennifer of Lake Tahoe and Greg Fields of Oklahoma City and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in by death by his parents James Truman and Katherine May Latta, his brothers Larry Dean, David Maurice, Ronnie Lee and his sister Lyla Kay, three sisters in law, Alameda Latta, Janet Davis, and Joy Latta and two brothers in law, Rodney Holloway and Larry Richard.