Note: Wendell Max Chantry, a retired petroleum engineer, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2015. Graveside service: and burial for Wendell and his wife of 69 years, LaVerna, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Wendell was born Aug. 26, 1916, in Perkins, Okla., to Nile O. Chantry and Wanda McDaniel Chantry. He married LaVerna Walner of Wynnewood, Okla., in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 23, 1943; she preceded him in death in November 2012. His sisters, Caroline Bell of Amarillo and Harriett Krueger of Oklahoma City, preceded him in death in 2014. Wendell was raised in Oklahoma City and graduated from Classen High School in 1935. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in petroleum engineering and geology. He entered the U.S. Army in the early 1940s and was discharged in 1946, attaining the rank of captain. He was awarded several commendations for his service. His professional employment included Continental Oil Co., Davon Oil Co., U.S. Smelting, Refining & Mining Co. and Texam Oil Division of Energy Resources. In 1985, he formed his own petroleum consulting firm and retired in 1992. Wendell was a 50-year Mason and a 50-year Scottish Rite Mason, and held dual Shrine membership in Suez Temple in San Angelo and Moslah Temple in Fort Worth. He was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. He believed he experienced the best life had to offer with a happy marriage, a wonderful family, a satisfying career, many great friends and the luck to have lived in the best century of the best country in the world! Survivors: Daughter, Carol Chantry Powers and husband, Joe B. Powers, of Arlington; grandchildren, Adam Powers and Paige Wallace and husband, Ryan, of Arlington; twin great-granddaughters; many nieces and nephews.
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