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Southwest Courier, The 
March 28, 1953

Member of Pioneer Family is Buried.

James Joseph Tracey, member of a pioneer family, died in his home on March 17 of a heart attack. Requiem Mass as offered on March 21 in St. Francis Church by Msgr. E. van der Grinten when final rites were held for Mr. Tracey. Present in the sanctuary were Msgr. John M. Connor, Msgr. John J. Walde, Rev. Richard Dolan, Rev. Charles Beckman, Rev. F. S. Schillo and Rev. Stephen MacAulay.

Native of Oklahoma City, he was born on Sept 26, 1893, son of Thomas and Margaret Haley Tracey, who had come to Oklahoma City in 1890 from Montreal. He received his education at St. Joseph's and St. Benedict's at Sacred Heart Mission. A veteran of World War I, Mr. Tracey served in France in 1917 and 1918 as an Air Corps Pilot with the 89th Aerial Squadron. He was a member of the American Legion and 40-and-8, and at the time of his death operated the J. J. Tracey Construction Company.

Survivors are his wife, Katherine A. Tracey, of the home, 1609 Gatewood, and two sons and one daughter. They are Robert T. Tracey, 5410 Brookhaven Place; James P. Tracey, 1231 N. E. 37th and Mary Louise Tracey of El Monte, Calif. A brother, John Tracey, Compton, Calif., and three sisters also survive him. They are Mrs. Ellen Welch, Shawnee; Mrs. Harry Metcalf, Los Angeles, and Mrs. C. E. LaMonte, 825 East Drive. Kernke, Smith and Mrs. L. T. McAtee had funeral arrangements.

Burial was in Rose Hill when Rev. Richard Dolan had the services at the grave. The flag ceremony was conducted by the American Legion.

Transcribed and submitted by Margaret Gagliardi, January 2009.

 



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