Bill Rockne Poling, 73, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, passed away on March 3,
2017, at home surrounded by his family. Bill passed after a long battle
with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).
He was born February 4, 1944, to Bill and Duwanna (Longanecker) Poling
in Van Nuys, California. In 1948 the family moved to Springdale, Arkansas,
where Bill excelled on the football field as part of the state championship
team his senior year.
He married Rea Dawn (Jacobs) Youngker on March 17, 1985. When they met,
it was love at first sight for both of them, and they would have celebrated their 32nd anniversary this year.
Bill was a veteran. He served four years in the United States Air Force
in Midwest City, Oklahoma. He later worked for Fife Corporation before
moving to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to work for Mercury Marine as a machinist
and quality control engineer. Bill retired from Mercury Marine in 1997.
After a short retirement, he worked at Ditch Witch for eight years, and
his final employment was with Stillwater National Bank.
He was a devoted member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Stillwater
where he served in several leadership capacities.
Through the years, Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes, and
playing golf. He also enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially football.
He later developed a passion for softball as granddaughter Bailey became
very involved in the sport.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Duwanna Poling, and his
grandson Brook Johnson.
Bill is survived by his spouse, Rea Dawn, daughters Sheila Dorn and husband
Jon, Volarie-Ann Nichols and husband Jim, Christine Murphy and husband
David, and Jeree Gilman and husband Richard, son Blake Youngker ,and sister
Cindy Strawser and husband Fran.
Other survivors include grandchildren Brandon Johnson and wife Michele,
Bailey Harmon and husband Mat, Carley Sweeten, Kenny Dixon, Dustin and
Shane Murphy, plus two great-grandchildren, Brodie and Jaycie Harmon,
and additional family members and friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Judith
Karman Hospice for their loving care and support during Bill’s extended illness.
The memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 7, at 2:00 p.m. at the
Calvary Assembly of God Church in Stillwater. The family requests donations
may be made in Bill’s name to the Calvary Assembly of God Church’s