John D. Provencher, 58, of Walters, Okla., and formerly of Massena, passed away May 27, 2010, in Lawton, Okla.
A funeral was held June 3 at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel, Lawton, Okla., with Barry Kinsey officiating. He was buried in Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Okla., with full military honors, following a motorcycle procession from the funeral home to the cemetery.
John was born on September 6, 1951, in Massena, to Robert and Elizabeth (Burcume) Provencher. He grew up in New York and joined the United States Army in 1969 serving in many places including Europe and Vietnam. He retired in 1989 and owned and operated the Copa Cabana Club and was affiliated with various other clubs in Lawton, Okla. He also worked for Southern Sales beginning with delivery and ended his career with them as Regional Sales Manager 10 years later. He met the love of his life (Wendy) in the 90's and they traveled with C&C Distributors. They came off the road, and he began his path with Comanche County Detention Center, Okla., where he worked as a correctional officer. He and Wendy loved to ride the motorcycle that he built from the ground up. They were independent Harley Davidson Motorcycle riders.
He is survived by his wife, Wendy, of Walters, Okla.; his mother, Elizabeth Provencher, of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; his daughters, Melissa Ryan, of Walters, Okla.; and Samantha Rogers, of Lawton, Okla.; his sons, Michael Rogers and Jacob Rogers, both of North Carolina; and David and Olga of Massena, N.Y., and Andrew and Stephanie of Goose Creek, S.C.; one brother, Wilfred of Florida; five sisters, Jean Hewey of Potsdam, N.Y., Joanette Martinez, Terrie White of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Linda Hartley of Georgia, Ruth Gaines of Norfolk, N.Y.; two grandsons, Zachary and Michael; one step grandson, Josh; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Robert Provencher and two brothers, Richard and Glen.