Donald (Jack) Ooley ,87, of Lyons, KS, passed away at home Friday, January 7, 2022 of natural causes, surrounded by loved ones. He was born November 22, 1934, to Benjamin R. Ooley and Maudie E. (Boyles) Ooley in Liberal, KS. He attended public school in Liberal and graduated with the Class of 1952.
Upon graduation he took his basic training and served 18-years in the Liberal unit of the Kansas National Guards. Jack worked for Mercer Construction where he became proficient in drywall and cabinetry until 1959 when he went to work for Jayhawk Pipeline as a heavy equipment operator. This career move lasted the next 40-years until he retired in 1999.
Jack became an avid collector of Western Memorabilia and more specifically Colt Pistols, Territorial Saddles, Spurs, Bridle Bits, Badges, Tokens, Barbed Wire, RailRoad artifacts and period art. He also enjoyed the history of the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch along with the life and times of William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill). He successfully portrayed Buffalo Bill in several look-alike contests and his portrait still hangs in the Elkhorn Saloon and Steakhouse in Denver, CO. His collection of artifacts and memorable pieces is known throughout the country for the unique vintage and quality.
In 1956 he married Mary Ann Sealey and to this union one daughter, Cindy Jay Ooley Stark was born. In 1979 he married Beverly J. Edenborough Wells Ooley and became stepfather to Nick, Greg, Deana, and J.R. Wells.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Maudie Ooley; siblings, Gail Ooley, Jane Manchester, Carolee Pierce, Ray (Manny) Ooley, Bob Ooley, and Joe Ooley.
Survived by his wife, Beverly Ooley of Lyons; daughter, Cindy Ooley-Stark of Woodward, OK; step sons, Nick (Janet) Wells of Dodge City, Greg (Chris) Wells of Liberal, J.R. (Sheryn) Wells of San Antonio, TX; and step daughter, Deana (Dale) Wells-Hulsey of Olinda, TN; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, January 14, 2022, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with Rev. Robert Friesen officiating. Burial will follow at 3:30 P.M., at the Liberal Cemetery, Liberal, Kansas. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to Bell and Star Fund in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.