Taylor Houston “Booster” Siner, 90, of Muskogee, Oklahoma died February 27, 2013. He was born on September 4, 1922 to David Richard Siner and Ora Siner. He attended Muskogee Public Schools and at age 10 began to learn about auto mechanics. He was a self-taught mechanic, parts manager and automobile salesman. He accepted his first job with Oscar Pool and worked there from 1940 - 42. On September 25, 1940 he married Mildred Marie Collier in Ft. Smith, AR and they made their home and reared their family in Muskogee.
He was called to serve in the U.S. Navy in April 1944 and spent his time in the Marshall Islands on the U.S.S. Keosenqua. Following his military service, he was employed by Marion Burke Garage, Bill Stone Motors, B & R Motors, Rally Motor and Bill Bull Chrysler. He retired in 1984. He was the perfect salesman with his gift of “gab” and enduring patience. He truly loved his work!!
Booster was a member of the Muskogee Church of Christ and was baptized by his son, Dennis Siner. At church he was known as the “Candy Man” - always there to greet children (and many adults) with Tootsie Rolls. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason and member of the Shrine Lodge. He was awarded a Certificate of Merit for his service and support of the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children Transportation Program. He made numerous trips to Shreveport, LA taking children & their families for free medical treatment.
Booster was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, in June 2008 after 68 years of marriage; their oldest son, James “Jim” Siner; brothers, Claude and Barney; sister, Thelma Parks; and daughter-in-law, Jean Ann Siner.
Survivors include daughter, Meredith Siner Howard and husband, Oliver of Tulsa and son, Dennis Siner of Muskogee; eight grandchildren: Sheri Siner Toth, Mark Siner, Bobbi Siner Carbaugh, Heather Howard Revelis, Jennifer Howard Blankenship, Amber Howard Cornelius, Sara Siner Darling and Carlie Siner Wellington; twenty-one great-grandchildren; also, Dianne Siner Gustin, Susan Siner, Bill Collier (brother-in-law), Billie Marie Collier, Judy Collier Kirk.
His favorite things were spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, watching OU football with his family, taking car rides, feeding the birds, giving love pats, telling stories of all the “deals” he had made, eating ice cream, and drinking Dr. Pepper.
Booster celebrated his 90th birthday at a family reunion in Atlanta, Georgia this past August, attended by 48 family members, including children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He made a touching & heartfelt speech thanking everyone there for their love and respect. He was a simple man, loved greatly and fondly remembered.
The family requests memorials be made to the Honor Heights Park Arboretum, 837 E. Okmulgee, Muskogee, OK, 74403.
The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Booster will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Sara Siner Darling and Oliver Howard officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Oktaha Cemetery with members of Booster’s family serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Collier and Bill Bull.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com