Norman Compston


December 3, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Norman B. “Whitey” Compston, 86, of Iola died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at Labette Health in Parsons.
He was born Jan. 7, 1924, on the family farm west of Lenapah, Okla., to Ruben L. and Allie Ray (Curtis) Compston. He grew up on the farm and attended school in Lenapah.
On Dec. 2, 1943, he married Helen D. Langworthy in Nowata, Okla. They made their home in Leavenworth, Delaware, Oklahoma and Springfield, Ill., following his work. During World War II he was a welder on barges in Leavenworth. He later worked in oil fields in Oklahoma. For 20 years, he was an over-the-road trucker and for 30 years he was a pipefitter with the Local No. 137 in Springfield. He retired in 1985, and they moved to the farm home in Lenapah. In 2001, they moved to Iola to be closer to family.
His hobbies included restoring Model A’s and street rods. He belonged to Sagamon Valley Model A Club and the Tag Along Street Rodders. The couple hosted the World of Wheels Car Shows in Springfield for many years.
He is survived by his wife of the home; six children, Norma Wilson and her husband, Jack, Bronson, Jo Ann Squire and her husband, Stanley, Wichita, Jackie Clark and her husband, Willie, Springfield, Marilyn Henn and her husband, Duane, Kimberling City, Mo., Janet Korte and her husband, Loren, Humboldt, and Don and his wife, Laura, Waxachachie, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Donna Rae Compston, granddaughter, Rebecca Ann Compston, four brothers and a sister died earlier.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel in Iola.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Washington Cemetery in Lenapah.
Memorials to Allen County Hospice may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences for the family may be left at

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