John Dilling HARKINS Estella Belva HARKINS Eleanor Lee HARKINS Living HARKINS Living HARKINS Eleanor Frances VENABLE Jacqueline Fay MCNAMEE Vivian Oneta JOHNSON Mary Frances SCHOOLEY Mini tree diagram
John Dilling HARKINS

John Dilling HARKINS1,2,3,6,7,5

26th Apr 19221,2,3,4,5 - 22nd Mar 19671,6

Life History

26th Apr 1922

Born in Delaware, Nowata, Oklahoma.1,2,3,4,5

30th Sep 1940

Military: Enlistment , US Navy, Naval Air, Grade S1c; First on board 4 March1941 in Pensacola, Florida.7


Married Eleanor Frances VENABLE in Rockville, Montgomery, Maryland.1

26th Nov 1945

Birth of daughter Eleanor Lee HARKINS in Oklahoma.1

after 1956

Married Jacqueline Fay MCNAMEE


Divorced from Eleanor Frances VENABLE.1


Divorced from Jacqueline Fay MCNAMEE.1

Nov 1965

Married Vivian Oneta JOHNSON.8

22nd Mar 1967

Died in Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma.1,6

24th Mar 1967

Buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.1,6

Other facts


Birth of son Living HARKINS


Birth of daughter Living HARKINS


  • "My dad was John Dilling Harkins III."
    --  Beth Shields, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 11 August 2015

    John was born in 1922.  His father died in 1927, and his mother movdin with her husband's parents.  John was enumerated there with hismother, and his sister was in the household in 1930.

    1930 Federal Census, Nowata County, Oklahoma, 19 April, LenapahTownship, District 53-8, page 9B, Hse/Fam #191
    Harkins, John D Head Owns M W 69 First Married at age 26 [abt 1887] GANC GA Farmer [b abt 1861]
    Harkins, Molly A Wife F W 62 First Married at age 18 [abt 1886] ILEngland Iowa [b abt 1868]
    Harkins, Mary F Dau [Dau-in-law] F W 29 Widow IN IN IN [b abt 1901]
    Harkins, Estella B Granddau F W 10 Single OK KS IN [b abt 1920]
    Harkins, John D Grandson M W 7 Single OK KS IN [b abt 1823]

    A statement in his obituary reports his place of birth was Delaware,in Nowata County.

    "He was a veteran of World War II and attended the University ofTulsa.  He was a native of Delaware."
    --  Obit "Police Radio Figure Dies," newspaper unknown, 22 March 1967,courtesy of Beth Shields, accessed 21 August 2015

    Another obituary article says it more directly.

    "Mr Harkins was born in Delaware, Okla, April 26, 1922, served in theNavy in WWII and attended the University of Tulsa before prior tojoining the Police Department in February, 1943."
    --  Obit "Top Police Dispatcher Harkins Dies," The Tulsa Tribune,Tulsa, Oklahoma, 22 March 1967, courtesy of J Boyd, accessed 22 August2015

    1940 Federal Census, Nowata County, Oklahoma, 11 April, LenapahTownship, District 53-8, Page 5A, Hse #93, Owns $1500
    Harkins, John D Head M W 79 Widowed Grade 6 b georgia same house in1935 No Occup [b abt 1861]
    Harkins, Mary F  F W 37 Dau-in-law Widow Grade H2 b Indiana same housein 1935 House work[b abt 1903]
    Harkins, John D Grandson W 17 Single Grade H3 b Oklahoma same house in1935 Farm Laborer [b abt 1923]

    In September of 1940 John enlisted in the Navy.

    U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949
    Johnnie Dilling Harkins
    Naval Air, Grade S1c
    Muster/Enlistment 30 September 1940 Pensacola, Florida
    First on board 4 March 1941

    "Harkins, John D, 44, 515 So 102 East Ave, passed away Wednesday [22March 1967].  Survived by wife, Oneta; son, John Jr;  daughters, MrsBeth Shields, Mrs Lee King; mother, Mary Young;  step-father, Ernie,Nowata.  Services 2:30 Friday [24 March 1967] Eastside ChristianChurch.  Moore's Eastlawn, NA 2-1155."
    --  Tulsa Tribune, Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Thursday, 23 March 1967;article courtesy of Beth Shields

    John Dilling Harkins
    Birth Apr. 26, 1922 Oklahoma, USA
    Death Mar. 22, 1967 Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA

    John was the son of John Dilling Harkins, Jr. and Mary FrancesSchooley. He married Eleanor Frances Venable and had three children,Beth, Lee, and John IV. They divorced in 1956 and he remarried toJacqueline Fay McNamee (not her maiden name) who had two children froma previous marriage, Harry and Becky. They divorced in 1963. Hemarried a third time to V. Oneta Summers.

    He served in the US Navy from 31 Aug 1940 to 14 Jul 1943 when hereceived a medical discharge. He met Eleanor around that time.

    They made their home in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma. He worked as aRadio Dispatcher for the Tulsa Police Department until his death. Hewas well known for his abilities in this position and received anaward for this.

    John loved to hunt and fish, he always had a bird dog and once said hewould like to retire and become a Lake Patrol officer so that he could"do this all day long."

    John Dilling Harkins (1897 - 1927)
    Mary Frances Schooley Young (1902 - 1984)
    Spouse Eleanor Frances Venable Morgan (1923 - 1979)
    daughter Eleanor Lee St. John (1945 - 2009)

    Estella Belva Harkins Spencer (1920 - 1987)

    Burial Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Plot:Section 26

    Created by Beth Shields Jan 12, 2015
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #141236318,


  • 1. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 2. 1940 Federal Census, Nowata County, Oklahoma
    • 11 April, Lenapah Township, District 53-8, Page 5A, Hse #93, Owns
  • 3. 1930 Federal Census, Nowata County, Oklahoma
    • 19 April, Lenapah Township, District 53-8, page 9B, Hse/Fam #191
  • 4. Obituary 2 of John D Harkins III
  • 5. Obituary 3 of John D Harkins III, "Top Police Dispatcher Harkins Dies"
  • 6. Obituary of John D Harkins III
  • 7. U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949
  • 8. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

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