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Donald R. Cherry

Friday, January 17, 2014

Funeral for Donald Ray Cherry, 64, Lawton will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northwest Church of Christ with Monte Ginnings, minister, officiating. Mr. Cherry died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in a Lawton hospital. Burial with military honors will be at Highland Cemetery under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home. Don was born June 21, 1949, in Long Beach, Calif., to Elton and Carmel Cherry. Shortly after his birth he moved to Fletcher, with his family and then to Lawton where he attended Will Rogers Elementary School. The family then moved to Duncan where he lived until his graduation from Duncan High School in 1967. Don attended Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts and received his Bachelor's Degree in Art. After completing his education he joined the Army and spent the next six months in training at Fort Polk, La. He was then transferred to the Lawton Local Reserve Unit receiving Drill Sergeant of the Year Award in 1977. While fulfilling his remaining service in the Reserves he went to work with his father at Cherry Industries. He eventually gained ownership of Tru Trail Trailers where he designed and built custom horse and lamb trailers until 1998. That same year he began his second career as a health insurance advisor and independent agent. During his sales career he received the Outstanding Lifetime Sales Achievement Award for National Care Marketing and continued in that field until his death. Don also owned and operated Cherry Industries for the past four years. Don married Deborah Adair in 1991 and together they successfully raised three sons. For the next 23 years, Don faithfully attended the Northwest Church of Christ. For the last 10 years his passion was preaching the Sunday morning service to new trainees at the Fort Sill Quarry Hill Chapel. Many of these trainees were sent for combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Don is survived by his wife, of the home, three sons: Jason Barrett Cherry and wife Amanda of Chillicothe, Ohio, and their five children, Cody Cherry, Shaianne Cherry, Jason Cherry Jr., Colton Gordon and Connor Gordon; Lt. Col. Wade B. Adair and wife Kristin of Spangdahlem Air Force Base, Germany, and their two children, Karleigh and Wyatt, and Dr. Blaine M. Adair and wife Alisha of Lawton and their daughter, Harper. He is also survived by two brothers and a sister: John Cherry and wife Jan of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Pat Cherry of Sonora, Calif., and Linn Cherry of Charleston, South Carolina. Family members preceding Don in death are his father, mother, step-mother, Betty Cherry; and uncles: Keith Long and his wife Mildred and Melvin Cherry. Memorial contributions may be made to the World Christian Broadcasting Station Corp. 605 Bradley Court, Franklin, TN 37067. An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.