William Kellogg Veazey
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William Kellogg Veazey
  • December 17, 1928 - December 2, 2017
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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William "Bill" Paul Kellogg Veazey died suddenly Saturday morning, December 2, 2017. Veazey was CEO of Veazey Drug Company from 1954 to 1963 when the company sold. Veazey then bought an Abbey Rents franchise to open in Oklahoma City in 1964. A few years later he dropped the franchise; the store was renamed Bill Veazey's Best Rents. The business was split in 1988; the medical side became Bill Veazey's Rehab and Home Health Care (now Bill Veazey's Medical); the party side named Bill Veazey's Party Store.

Veazey was born December 17, 1928 to William Paul Kellogg and Violet Mary Cross. His parents divorced when he was three; Cross later married Stephen Franklin Veazey who became the man Bill called "Dad".

Veazey served in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He married Margurite Jane Daves on February 24, 1952 in Oklahoma City. They had a fulfilling and busy life for 64 years until her death in 2016.

Veazey was active in many Oklahoma City Civic organizations through the years. At his wife's urging, he sang in church choirs for over 50 years first at First Presbyterian Church then Westminster Presbyterian Church. A man of faith, Bill participated in the church's mens club, was a Sunday School teacher, deacon, and a disciple. He had a very kind heart. A charter life member of the then Cowboy Hall of Fame, he served as a docent at the National Cowboy Museum and History Center upon his retirement from the family business. He also served on the boards of Red Earth and the Salvation Army and was currently serving on the board of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.

Veazey was preceded in death by his stepfather and mother, Stephen and Violet Veazey; his father, William Paul Kellogg; his grandson, William Justin Veazey; and his beloved wife, Jane Daves Veazey.

Survivors are his five children: Cynthia Anne (Veazey) Pullin and husband J. Michael of Norman; Marijane Veazey of Oklahoma City; Stephanie Sue Veazey and significant other Gary Warmack of Oklahoma City; Debra Kay (Veazey) Lankenau and husband Kip of Carrollton, Texas; and William Paul Kellogg Veazey, Jr. of Oklahoma City.

He is also survived by 13 grandchildren: J. Michael Pullin, II of Norman; C. David Pullin and wife Ginger of Olathe, Kansas; William "Will" Wilson of Oklahoma City; Anne Michelle (Wilson) Fast of Oklahoma City; Jennifer (Wilson) Scott and husband Jamie of Oklahoma City; Rachael (Sims) Parsons of Oklahoma City; Sean Sims and significant other Angie Leiva of Oklahoma City , Deborah (Sims) Margerum and husband Eric of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tatyana Lankenau of Carrollton, Texas; Vladimir Lankenau of Carrollton, Texas; Kyle Veazey of Seattle Washington; and Kaylie Veazey of Seattle, Washington. He is survived by 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 11, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Formal Visitation will be Sunday, December 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper. The family requests that donations be made to the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic or Westminster Presbyterian Church.