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Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures,  he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness  for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Funeral Service

Monday April 14th 10::00 am to 11:00  viewing

Funeral Service for Afton will commence at 11:30am.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5020 NW 63rd Oklahoma City.

Following the funeral service Afton will be laid to rest next to his eternal companion

Rose Hill Burial Park. 6001 NW Grand Blvd, Oklahoma City

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Afton Cruce Gille

midGILLE, Afton Cruce, age 91, native and long-time resident of Oklahoma City, died April 5 at his home in Vernal, UT. Born November 29, 1922, in Wetumka, OK, to John Paul Gille and Florence Herrington. Afton served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He worked in the War Dept. in Washington D.C. when Pearl Harbor was attacked. In 1943 he joined his Wetumka friends overseas and started out as a Battery Clerk. He took on many roles in Battery B 308th Field Artillery Battalion throughout Europe. After serving his country, he attended the University of Oklahoma. In 1948 he married Mary Catherine Gilfrin, a fellow Sooner, in Mexico City. He earned an Architecture degree and began a family and his 50+ year career. He completed close to 400 projects. His work includes almost 200 schools, projects at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds (the Spirit of 76 Arch-Fountain, Clock Tower, Stockade, Garden & Flowers Building, etc). His work also included projects at the Western Heritage Museum, residential homes, churches, supermarkets, restaurants, and Native American projects such as the Kiowa Tribe Community Center and the Apache Tribe Community Center. Afton pioneered the use of metal buildings in Oklahoma to build better, safer, more cost-effective schools for Oklahoma children.

Afton C. Gille loved Mormon Tabernacle Choir music. His interest in music by “America’s Choir” led him to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1953, and he was an active church member throughout his life.

Survived by his wife Ruth of Vernal. Also survived by his 6 children – Charles of CO, Bernard of UT, Pamela Fahey of OK, Afton L. of OK, Claudia Litchfield of UT, and George of KS – 25 living grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren (4 of which will be born this year). Preceded in death by Mary Catherine Gille, wife and mother of his children. Also preceded in death by 4 grandchildren: Jeremy, Jeffrey, Chrissy, and Mindy. Funeral in Oklahoma City on April 14th. Viewing and Life Story video at 10:00 a.m. and funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5020 NW 63rd. Following the funeral, Afton will be laid to rest next to his eternal companion at Rose Hill Burial Park. Arrangements by Demuth Funeral Home.