Oklahoma City – William Harry Guinn passed away on June 1, 2021 at the age of 90. He was born May 21, 1931. He and his wife, Doris Jean, 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.
Other than a year in Idaho working in a coal mine, as a result of a lay off from the Joplin Fire Department, he spend his entire career in Joplin. He held every position available in the department from entry to eventually becoming Fire Chief the last 15 years of service. Most firemen, early in their career, need a second job. Harry had many over the years. He was the Civil Defense Director, a Charter member of the Southwest Safety Engineers, on the 911 Board, and adjunct instructor for the R-8 School district and was on the board of the Joplin association of the Blind.
Harry had many passions in his life, he loved the Lord, his family and his church. He loved to hunt and fish every chance he had and avidly pursued it with family. He hunted his last deer season just six months ago with success. He was looking forward to it this year also. Spending time with family and friends was a priority. He was always dedicated to wherever he was involved. His church, where he taught Bible study for several years, his lodge, where he mentored many a young mason on the path and to his family, raising two sons with Doris. the memories of growing up in Joplin, visiting dad at the Fire Station, climbing on the trucks and sliding down the fire pole will forever be with us.
He 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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