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The Floods
John Wesley Flood

lathyrusA man of many talents was my father-in-law. He was a carpenter, a naturalist by hobby, a wonderful photographer, a hunter, a fisherman, a rock hound and he worked in the oil company here at Ponca City, Oklahoma. He first worked for the City Service Oil Company and retired from Conoco. Some of the homes the family owned he built.

Like the Floods he was a quiet man. He would open up and elaborate on a subject if he was questioned about it. There was no end to his knowledge as to that of a self taught naturalist. The last thing he did was especially beautiful and that was a photographic record of wild flowers from all over the area and into other states. Physically he was outstanding in his stamina. Wenona Medler, his wife, made the comment, "I believe John can walk up the side of a wall."

John loved to garden. He kept his yard carefully and lovingly. The pecans he planted early on were close to the water table and he always had plenty for his and our family as well. The small garden space he kept with deep mulch until the soil itself was like compost, rich and productive.

RocksWe have saved his rock collection since, they are so beautiful. They are on display on our front patio. On one occasion a man who has a degree in geology came to visit us. He was very much enthralled with the collection. He could name the many different kinds of rocks, telling about their strata, etc. until it was an opening up of a new understanding. I believe if time had permitted maybe John would have become more active in making jewelry since a number of his books were of using the different beautiful stones in their own jewelry mountings.

Truthfully, I don't believe John ever had an enemy. He was accommodating, quiet, a hard worker and he was strong in his Christian faith. He loved to sing in Church and had a very melodious rich singing voice.

Shortly after he retired, Wenona and him, traveled extensively in the United States and Canada. They would leave the middle of the country travel to New York City, up into Canada, back down to Georgia, Florida and then on into Texas, Arizona, Utah all in one continuous trip. The Floods are natural navigators and they seem to love the challenge of finding their way around strange country. On their trips they saw many things from the Circus museum to the swamp lands of Florida back up to the beauty of the Grand Canyon. Of course, much more than that. They believed in living their life to the fullest with no worry other than the joy for the present, in the beautiful country of the United States. 

John Wesley Flood died on March 18, 2003.

John Wesley Flood died on March 18, 2003

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