Lanny Ross Duckett was born in Taloga, Okla. to Ross and Valera (Jones) on Dec. 20, 1933. He went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, June 30th, 2007 at the age of 73 years.
Lanny was raised in Taloga, Okla. with his beloved sister, Janet. Lanny was crazy about his little sister and enjoyed telling tales of their many childhood adventures. He graduated from Taloga High School in 1951 and went on to receive his pharmacy degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1955. Lanny married Peggy McAllister in 1959 and to this union two children were born, Lana Edwards and Amber Riley.
In 1960 Lanny and the late Carl Bogdahn formed a partnership and built Hillcrest Pharmacy. He was the only pharmacist at Hillcrest, working six days a week and covered all evening and Sunday prescriptions himself. Lanny bought Bogdann's interest in the business in 1984 and operated independently until selling to Steve Bogdahn in 1989.
Lanny served in a number of professional offices over the years. He was the secretary, treasure, and president of this district of the American Pharmaceutical Association. He served as the consultant pharmacist for Colonial Manor Nursing Home and the Woodward Nursing Center, as well as an executive council member of the Oklahoma Pharmaceutical Association. He was awarded the "Bowl of Hygeia" award from Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories for outstanding community service. This award is considered the most prestigious award in pharmacy and is presented to only one pharmacist in each state.
Lanny also served the community of Woodward on the Chamber of Commerce, the Arts and Theater Council where he was on the fundraising committee to restore the Woodward Arts Theater where he was very active in the productions with stage construction, lighting and sound, as well as with the general maintenance of the facility. Lanny helped raise funds to build the OARC living facilities in Woodward and served on the board of directors for several years. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Woodward Elk's Lodge and was selected as the "Elk of the Year" in 1969. Lanny was named Woodward's Citizen of the Year in 1989.
On January 10, 1981 Lanny married Dorothy (Dot) Morrison of Woodward Okla. Lanny and Dot enjoyed many activities together including dancing and going to both Shriner and Elk‚s Lodge events. He had many hobbies including both construction and electrical work. Lanny and Dot always had some type of "home improvement" project going on.
Lanny's wife, Dot, suffered a severe stroke in 1990, which left her partially paralyzed. In 1999, after Lanny retired (due to the onset of Alzheimer's disease) they decided to move to Greensboro, N. C., where they lived in an assisted living center near Lanny‚s daughter, Lana Edwards. Lana and her family kept Lanny and Dot busy involving them in many family activities. In 2002 they returned and moved into the Vici Nursing home.
Lanny was a loving husband to Dot, and a devoted father to his daughters, stepdaughters, and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Valera Duckett.
Lanny is survived by two daughters, Lana Edwards and husband Everette of Greensboro, N. C., and Amber Riley and husband Doug of Woodward, Okla., and two stepdaughters Kelly Taylor of Woodward, Okla., Kendra Conner and husband David of Woodward, Okla. Five grandchildren, Sandra and Rett Edwards of Greensboro, N. C., Harrison Riley of Woodward, Okla., Rachelle Luckett and husband Brian of Woodward, Okla., Cody Conner of Woodward, Okla., one great granddaughter, Lily Grace Luckett of Woodward, Okla., and his sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Leonard Kincaid, and their children Jan Malone and her husband Curtis and Brad Kincaid and his wife Kay all of Mustang, Okla.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, July 3rd , 2007 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Woodward, Okla. with the pastor Randy Hodgson officiating. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery in Woodward, Okla. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home
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