Oklahoma City – William Harry Guinn passed away on June 1, 2021 at the age of 90. He was surrounded by his family who bid him a peaceful transition with shared memories, laughter, embraces, tremendous love, and eve some jitterbug music for his last dance on earth – he was quite the dancer. While a young man, he had his eye on a pretty girl Doris Jean, and married her on their first date. He always proclaimed she was the most beautiful woman he ever saw, and just couldn’t do without her! They were lifelong residents of Joplin, Mo who recently moved to Oklahoma City to be with family. Harry was a past Fire Chief for Joplin with 42 years of Service Harry was a 50 year Mason, a member of York Rite, and a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason in Joplin.
Harry spent his entire career in Joplin with the exception of one year in Idaho where he worked in a coal mine during a lay off from the Joplin Fire Department. That was a hard year for he and Doris, but devoted faith and some occasional bear meat kept them strong and encouraged. Back in Joplin, Harry held every position available in the department from entry to eventually becoming Fire Chief the last 15 years of service. Harry worked many second jobs (like most firemen early in their careers), notably as the Civil Defense Director, a Charter member for the Southwest Safety Engineers, 911 Board member, adjunct instructor for the R-8 school district, and was on the board of the Joplin Association of the Blind.
Harry’s many passions foremost were his love for the Lord, his family, and his church. He especially loved sharing his passion for hunting and fishing with his family and avidly pursued those opportunities. He hunted his last deer season just six months ago with success and was looking forward to it again this year. Spending time with family and friends was his priority. He was a dedicated and beloved member in in all his churches and the Masonic Lodge. He taught Bible studies and mentored many young Masons. His greatest joy was raising his two sons, Nick and John, with Doris. The memories of growing up in Joplin, visiting Harry at the Fire Station, climbing on the fire trucks and sliding down the fire poles will forever be dearly cherished by the family.
Harry is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris Jean Guinn; Brother Don Mitchell and his wife Linda; sisters; Janna Eikel and Martha Mosley; sons William Harry “Nick” Guinn Jr. and his wife Mitzi of Oklahoma City, OK; and John Robert Guinn and his wife Kandy Jo of Norman, OK; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday June 9, at Park Plaza Christian Church, 3220 Indiana Ave, Joplin, Mo, with internment to follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, 415 N. St. Louis Ave.
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6. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 7. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
8. how I love to do your will, my God! I keep your teaching in my heart. 9. In the assembly of all your people, Lord, I told the good news that you save us. you know that I will never stop telling it. 10. I have not kept the news of salvation to myself; I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help. In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent about your loyalty and constant love. 11. Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me. Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.