Alton Lisle McCune left the world a much better place than what he found it when he entered his eternal resting place on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at the age of 93 years. Funeral services will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Boise City on Monday, July 13, at 2:00 p.m. with interment at the Boise City Cemetery. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of arrangements.
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He was fit, able and sharp-minded until the very end and had made many friends in Stroud, where he had lived for the past 3 ½ years. Born the only son to Lisle Faye and Velca Ethel (Huskey) McCune on June 11, 1927, in Griggs, Oklahoma, he learned the value and reward of hard work and making sure a job was done properly.
Alton volunteered to serve his country in World War II when he finished his tenth year of high school and served through the completion of the War, with an additional eight years served in the Naval Reserves. Not finishing high school did not hinder his learning as he had a wealth of knowledge and skill, being able to do just about anything he set his mind to do. He also had a love of history and could quote more history than is contained in many history books.
The love of his life came into the picture in 1949 and changed the course of his future. Ina Mae Ferguson became his bride on May 29, 1949, in the home of her parents. The couple made their home in Boise City (since that was where Ina had been born and raised) after a short stint of living in the Griggs/Kerrick area. They stood by one another’s side and kept their love strong through the celebration of their most recent 71st wedding anniversary. Together they raised eight children who never wanted for anything and were brought up practicing the same principles of perfection, integrity and the value of a job done well that were demonstrated to them by both of their parents. Alton was a great provider and a strong defender.
His work career was varied. Raised in a farming and ranching environment, he moved to other ventures following his stint in the Navy. He began as a mechanic for the Chevrolet Garage in Boise City and later worked several years for the Star Lumber Company before stepping out on his own into the residential construction business. He built many of the fine homes in Boise City during the 1960s and 1970s. Many years later he went the route of concrete construction until his retirement.
Upon retirement, Alton discovered a love for restoring antique pieces for the Cimarron Heritage Museum in Boise City. He began by restoring a 1916 Dort hearse, which will be used to take him to his final resting place. He also restored several buggies and a 1919 REO truck with a wooden bed. As in everything throughout their marriage, Ina worked by Alton’s side on many of these projects. She was responsible for the upholstered seats on the projects and assisted him in many ways as he completed his tasks. His construction skills were put into play once again in restoring a depot, church and old school house at the museum as well, in addition to many other things that needed his expertise at the museum. But he is most known for restoring antique tractors and farming equipment. He could take a bucket of rust and, through a little bit of research and simply looking at a picture in a magazine as a guide, restore it to its original function and glory. He enjoyed giving of his time and talent to bring these things back to life so they could be enjoyed by others once again. He took great interest in the Museum, where he and Ina served on the Board for several years.
While Alton will not likely be remembered as an outgoing individual, he never met a stranger and could talk to anyone. He was a friend to many, though he was not active in many social events. He was generous, with a big and tender heart, though his external persona may have seemed more quiet and stern. He was a dedicated, take-care-of-business person who could be depended upon by anyone. One would not have to look far around to see something that his hands have made or improved.
Alton was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ruth Kilpatrick and Wanda Jenkins, and grandson Tekon McCune.
He is survived by his wife Ina, who currently resides in Stroud, and his eight children – Gary and his wife Yolanda, Stillwater, OK; Larry and his wife Kathey, Avery, TX; Terry and his wife Carol, Rush, CO; Anita Reynolds, Stroud, OK; Ed, Marshfield, MO; Rick, Bayfield, CO; Rita and her husband Mark Mumma, Oklahoma City, OK; and Troy and his wife Leah, Houston, TX. Also surviving are his 18 grandchildren – Tyran McCune and Audrey Bryant, Stephanie Brady and Rickey, Trayton McCune and Joy, Brandy Johnston, Courtney McCune, Jennifer Herald and Josh, Kristopher McCune and Brooke, Melanie Strickland and Kevin, Stephanie Reynolds McCormick, Anton Reynolds, Michelle Reynolds Nulik and Justin, Kaylyn McCune and Brad Gratton, Brayden McCune and Katie, Mitchell Mumma and Rene’, Zachary Mumma, Grace Knudsen Mercer and Ralph, Brittany McCune and Josh McCune – as well as 24 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, three sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law and a host of friends.
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