The Woodward News


February 16, 2011


Woodward, Okla. —  

Dwight Pugh 78 year old Woodward resident died Sunday, February 13, 2011 at his home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday February 18, 2011 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Orville White officiating. Dwight’s ashes will be scattered at sea near the Virgin Islands.

Dwight Gene Pugh was born on July 21, 1932 in Shattuck, Oklahoma; the son of Harry Cleo and Jessie Dawn (Williams) Pugh. Dwight and his family lived in Gage until November of 1944. He lived with his grandparents for a year before moving with his family to Arlington, Virginia. Dwight graduated in 1950 from Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. After graduation Dwight went into the United States Navy on March 2, 1951. He served his country on the USS Howard D. Crow as a Damage Control Man for four years. He was honorably discharged on February 28, 1955.

Dwight was united in marriage to the prettiest girl he had ever seen, Betty Jo Spates on May 2, 1953. Dwight and Betty made their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, where Dwight was stationed at the time. They were blessed with three children, Teresa, who was born on April 2, 1955, Tamara who was born on May 24, 1959, and Daniel who was born on August 27, 1965. After his discharge, Dwight and Betty moved back to Arlington, Virginia where Dwight worked as a cabinet maker. Two years later the family returned to Gage, where Dwight built his family a new home from the ground up. Dwight farmed and raised cattle and in the late 1960's he went to work for the American Milk Producers. He helped build the Woodward Grace Plant and in 1980 was elected County Commissioner for District 1, Ellis County and served for 14 years. In 2005 Dwight and Betty bought a home in Woodward and have lived here since that time.

Dwight was a mason, he was involved in the Rotary Club and had served three terms on the Gage School Board. He enjoyed gambling and being with his family which made him so very proud.

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