William Napoleon McGuire, 90, of Pawhuska, Okla., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at The Journey Home Hospice House in Bartlesville.
Affectionately known for his fun-loving, easygoing, kind hearted nature, “Grampa” or “PGUM” as he was nicknamed by family in his younger days, will be sorely missed.
Bill was an Osage Tribal Member with Chippewa and Wyandotte lineage as well. He was born on Feb. 21, 1927 in El Centro, Calif. He grew up with his many siblings in Los Angeles, Calif. He proudly served his country in both the US Merchant Marine, joining at age 17, as well as in the U.S. Army being stationed in post-war Germany. Bill graduated from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, becoming a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch. Living and working in New York in the 50’s, he met his future wife, Jeanne Murray Carlton whom he married and started his family with. They moved out west to La Jolla, Calif., in the early 1960’s.
Bill reveled in owning and operating various business ventures throughout his lifetime. From successfully brokering deals as a middleman, to running his own nursery supply business in the 1970’s, he truly loved every aspect of sales and marketing. In the 80’s it was Real Estate, in the 90’s it was Jewelry, while the 2000’s have been all about Vending and Gold Prospecting & Sales. His enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit was always his lifelong passion and driving force.
Bill loved being outdoors. He enjoyed taking nice long walks, jogging on the beach and running marathons with his son Gordon. He learned how to surf at age 40 and went skydiving at age 86! He was always a huge fan of all types of music and never turned down a good road trip. Bill was a voracious reader, a huge history buff and a wonderful storyteller. He told the best jokes!
In his later years, it was his pleasure to live independently back in Pawhuska, Okla. He could often be found working in his garden on 10th St. or helping customers out at ALCO. His energetic personality, warm smile, and delightful sense of humor were a joy to behold. He truly touched a lot of lives and we are all the richer for it. As he would say, “Praise God!”
Preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Ora McGuire, his four siblings, Patsy Fisher, Bird McGuire, Tony McGuire and Josephine Howard; his son Gordon McGuire, and both of his wives, Jeanne Carlton McGuire Reid, and Kaye Woltman.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Anne “Missy” Emerson McGuire Drevick, his grandson Dax Rodman Drevick, his granddaughter Lisa Jeanine Drevick Carey and his two great-grandchildren Jacob and Jaycee Carey. Along with a very large clan of nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends we will all miss “Gramps” very much.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking for any donations to be made to the charity or local hospice of your choice.
Original Publish Date: 2018-03-13 00:00:00