John B. Lingren passed away on Saturday, December 5th, 2020 at the age of 84.
The son of Pete and Linnie Pearl Ring Lingren was born June 8th, 1936 in Wenona, Illinois. As a young child his family moved to the Adair area. There he would attend Longbranch and Adair High School, graduating in 1953. He then enrolled in college, attending NEO in Miami and then Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater.
John's working career began at a young age. As a young man he would travel in the summers following the wheat harvest, and other farming jobs. Unfortunately an accident put him in the hospital for an extended time. After being released he decided to attend a local dance in Claremore. There he would meet Virginia Casey. They would begin dating and married on April 7, 1957. The newlywed couple made their home in the Sequoyah area. In the years to follow, John worked the pipeline, running heavy equipment in many places and all over Alaska. In between pipeline jobs John would sell real estate. He retired from Operators and Engineers Union 607 in 1985.
In his spare time John enjoyed racing horses, dancing, and playing bridge. However, spending time with his family is what he enjoyed the most.
He is preceded in death by his parents Pete and Linnie Pearl Lingren, and siblings Pete and Mary Lingren.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia; son, Jimmy Lingren and wife Edith; daughters, Kaye Reed and husband Robert, and Lynn Emanuel; grandchildren, Rebecca Patton, Dustin Lingren, Robby Reed and wife Chelsea, Kevin Reed and wife Cathy, Charity Emanuel, Jesse Emanuel and wife Yuli, Justin Emanuel and wife Laila and Wesley Emanuel; great-grandchildren, Michael Laurel, Bobby, Rayce, Jaden and Maverick Reed, Jordan and Autum Patton and Malaki Lingren; 3 great-great grandchildren; siblings, Dick Lingren, Bill Lingren and wife Donna, and Jerry Lingren and wife Letha.
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