Douglas Reed Landers, 91, of Fort Gibson, OK, was born December 11, 1926 in Cardin, OK, a town north of Miami, OK, in Ottawa County. He was the son of Leo and Minnie (Oxford) Landers.
Doug was a WWII veteran having joined the Army when he was 18 years old to serve his country. He was handy with a rifle or shotgun as a boy and held the title of rifle sharpshooter in his unit and was classified as a TEC 5 grade.
After Doug’s return from the service in November of 1946, he met Billie Jean McFarland and they were married May 14, 1948. They had two children, Douglas Monroe Landers and Milton Reed Landers.
In 1962, with jobs being hard to come by in the Fort Gibson area, Doug and family moved to Midwest City, OK, where he secured a job at Tinker Air Force Base as a civilian working as a budget analyst/accountant. Doug had worked in the Fort Gibson Bank as a young man and was always very good with numbers and math.
Doug was a very intellectual man who loved to read and learn about most anything. He loved to study his Bible and discuss it with you whenever he had the opportunity. He was also a gifted and self-taught mechanic. Doug could take most anything apart and rebuild it or repair it, especially if he had the repair manual, from tractors to automobiles.
Doug retired from the government while working at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, California. He and Jean moved back to Fort Gibson and lived for several years at Braggs, OK before he had to go to the Claremore Veterans Center in 2009 because of health issues.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Landers; sons, Doug Landers and Milton Landers; grandchildren, Alicia Wade and Justin Landers; great-grandchildren, Avery, Natalie, and Emerson Wade, Karis Tidwell, Jayden and Daven Landers; great-great-grandchild, Colt Tidwell; brothers, David, Donald, Dean, and Dennis Landers. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dan; half-brother, Jack.
Services for Doug will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Lescher-Millsap Funeral Service Chapel in Fort Gibson, OK, with Reverend Rodney Mattox officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Milton Landers, Douglas Landers, Danny Landers, Dyrl Landers, Dennis Landers, Donald Landers, and Justin Landers. Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson.