Clyde Maurice Endsley died March 10 at a Florida Hospital Hospice Care facility.
Born in 1920 at Curtis, Okla., Clyde was the son of William Alexander Endsley and Jimmy Alice Carlton Endsley. As a young man, He developed talent as a " fiddle"-player while performing with his family’s band. He worked on a local farm prior to his graduation from Avant High School.
Upon graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Army. In 1942, he graduated as an airplane mechanic from the Army Air Force Training School n 1942. He rose in rank to Staff Sergeant and earned his pilot’s license and flew for Squadron A 811 AAF BU. Clyde served his country for three years.
Mr. Endsley spent his adult life in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Mr. Endsley worked for, and then owned Crystal Barber Shop in Pawhuska. He married Ila LaVetta Ellis in 1959 and had one son, Chris Endsley. The Endsleys were known as a loving family and Mr. Endsley enjoyed a successful 40 years of marriage to Ila LaVetta Ellis prior to her passing. He also cherished his time at the barber shop providing haircuts and clever conversation to all of his patrons. He had a sixty-year career as a barber and was admired by all that knew him.
Mr. Endsley had a passion for music. He sang in the Pawhuska Christian Church choir and taught himself to play the piano. In time he became an avid piano player. Mr. Endsley’s enjoyment of music was the foundation for encouraging his son to pursue music degrees and successful music career.
Clyde married WaNetta Blair in 1999 and survived her after ten years of marriage. His son Chris, daughter in-law Anita Endsley, grandchildren Ellis and Mattison of Winter Garden, Florida and grandson Nicholas Endsley of New York, NY survive him. His sister Imogene Hamlin of Barnsdall, Oklahoma, also survives Clyde.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at the Presbyterian Disciples Church of Pawhuska at 2pm. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Presbyterian Disciples Church of Pawhuska, 101 E 12th Street, Pawhuska, OK 74056.