Class of 1944

1944 Graduation Edition
Perry Daily Journal
Pvt. William Joseph Kirtley

– 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Kirtley, 225, Cedar. He was born in Noble county and attended grade school at 4D and district 30.

He is a member of the Christian church, the FFA and the 4-H Peppy Trio club.

Kirtley is a member of the marine corps. He has qualified as an expert marksman and swimmer and is overseas in the Pacific area.

He plans to be a farmer after the war has ended.

William Joseph “Bill” Kirtley

Sept. 7, 1925 – January 3, 1989

Bill Kirtley, 63, 514 Eighth street, died at 11 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans Administration hospital at Oklahoma City.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Christian church with Rev. David Dickinson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Carmel cemetery, north of Perry, under direction of Brown Funeral home.

The son of Charles and Jennie Kirtley, he was born Sept. 7, 1925, at Perry. He was a graduate of Perry high school and served with the United States Marines during World War II.

Kirtley had worked for the state highway department and Donaldson and Yahn Lumber company. He was a member of the First Christian church.

Among survivors are a borther, Larkin Kirtley, Perry; five sisters, Alice Koch and Janice Endres, both of Perry; Mabel Beasley, Duncan; Mary Bocox, Medford; and Clara Pantier, Shawnee; and several nieces and nephews.

Kirtley was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.