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Jan 8, 1936 - Nov 4, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Nov. 4, 2012. Roland was born Jan. 8, 1936, in Lowell, MA to Lucien & Yvette Millette, who preceded him in death, along with his brother, Jerry; his first wife, Marilyn; and his precious mother-in-law, Maggie Armstead. He married Terry, the love of his life, and gained his daughter, Lisa Wilkey, in 1985. He and Terry also raised their grandson, James Kyle Wells, whom they consider a son. Roland loved his God, country, family, his adopted state of Oklahoma, OU Sooners, and Thunder basketball. Roland spent his early years in Lowell, MA, graduating from St. Joseph's HS in 1954. On Jan. 8, 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and served until June 27, 1954. In June 1954, he enlisted in the USAF and served his country faithfully as a Munitions Specialist. He retired from active duty on Aug. 31, 1976, in the grade of master sergeant. During his 22-year military career, he served in overseas assignments, including Vietnam. Soon afterwards, Roland began his federal government civilian career at Tinker AFB and became a Program Manager supporting Air Force telecommunications projects worldwide. During his federal career, which spanned a total of 50-plus years, he received numerous outstanding achievement awards for his loyal and dedicated service to his country to include a commendation from the Secretary of the Air Force and a letter from President George W. Bush. Roland is survived by his wife, Terry, of the home; sons, Dennis & wife Jacque, and Richard; daughters, Jackie Whitaker & husband Sidney, Sandra Taylor & husband Buford, and Lisa Wilkey & husband Mark; stepchildren, Kelly Wells and Bobby Taylor; 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the South Lakes Chapel of Vondel L. Smith Mortuary, with burial following at Resthaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in honor of his grandson, Tyler.

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 6, 2012
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