Jack McLane Jr., 92, was born Dec. 27, 1924 in El Reno to Jackson McLane Sr. and Rubye (Fisher) McLane and passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on March 5, 2017.
Jack married the love of his life, Alyce Tackett, in 1944. They were happily married for 61 years. From this union was born four children, Linda, Rebecca, Ann and Jackson III.
A 1942 graduate of Verden High School, he later attended Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State University) where he was on the Dean's Honor Roll and was awarded the American Farmer Degree in 1944. He then joined the United States Army and served during World War II.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Verden where he led the singing for many years, a member of the Anadarko Masonic Lodge 21, served 10 years as a member of the Verden School Board and Riverside Indian School advisory board member. Jack served on the community A.S.C.S. Committee, Caddo County F.H.A. Committee, Caddo County Extension Program Planning Committee and the Natural Resources Committee with the Anadarko B.I.A. Agency. He was a charter member of the Indian Soil Conservation Association and the Grady County Alfalfa Association. He received the title of Master Agronomist from Oklahoma State University. He lived to promote better farming and conservation on Indian lands. Jack was also an Oklahoma Farmers Union Insurance agent and member of the board of directors for the Bank of Verden.
He chose his farming occupation early in life. Jack was the fourth generation of his Delaware family to farm the fertile Washita River allotment. He was the great-great-grandson of famed Delaware scout Black Beaver and was a proud and active member of the Delaware Nation where he served as president, vice-president, and treasurer.
He was preceded in death by his wife Alyce in 2006, and his daughter, Rebecca in 2016.
He is survived by his children Linda McLane, Ann (McLane) and Grant Brower, Jackson and Lauri McLane, all of Anadarko; his grandchildren, Lee and Misty Marcum and Jade Marcum of the Oklahoma City area, Jeff Brower of Weatherford, Michael and Kodi McLane, Jenna (Brower) and S.L. Craft, all of Anadarko, Skyler McLane of Weatherford, and April (McLane) and Tyler Padgett of Verden, and six great-grandchildren with a seventh expected in September 2017.
Services were held on March 8th, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Verden, Oklahoma.
Published on March 10, 2017